Canardian wrote: EVDRIVER wrote:
This would be a full time job. It would be helpful if members would try a simple search first. Feel free to provide this service:) Unfortunately this forum needs far too much baby sitting and has far too many redundant threads.
Anyway thanks for the experiences, so far what I could gather is:
- make sure the generator produces true sine wave (can be probably measured with a oscilloscope)
- if charging does not work, try half-trottle
- the smell of gas should be eliminated (perhaps by storing the generator in a sealed plastic case)
- main purpose is only for emergency charging to get to the next outlet and avoid expensive towing (leaf must be towed with 2 wheels on the ground, with 4 wheels on the ground it will damage the car)
1- Make a grounding plug (covered in other threads)
2- Make sure the generator is operated at "continuos load" amp setting and not above (it may be called a 2kW genset, but only capable of 1.6kW continuous). Divide the kW by the voltage (120/240) to get how many amps you can pull. So, 1.6kW / 120 volts = 13.3 amps. With such a limit, you could operate at the typical stock 120 volt - 12 amp setting of the EVSE. If you have your EVSE so modified, you could select the exact amperage of the EVSE to match the generator limits.
3- Hauling gasoline in a passenger compartment is potentially deadly and illegal. Consider storing your gasoline in a small, sturdy container under the hood, strapped or bolted down. Or, add a trailer hitch receiver and use a simple external rack to place the generator and gasoline.
4- Towing is free with a LEAF for three years. Also, while 4 wheel towing might be discouraged in the owner's manual, if the car is in neutral, you aren't going to hurt anything. It will merely turn the motor freely like coasting down the road. Sorry, there's no bogey man there.
MODERATORS - Please merge this with the appropriate thread.