fumer wrote:I assumed what eTec wants my $100 to come give me an estimate to provide was indeed a charger, 240 VAC to whatever DC.
No, the DC charging port on the Leaf is only intended to be for public "quick charge" stations - 80% charge in under 30 minutes. These have 5-figure prices, and are not expected to be available for use at home. (It looks like one or more companies may challenge Nissan's "intention", but that is another story.)
fumer wrote:If that's not the case then $2,000 + is a lot for a fuse box.
$2200 is just Nissan's guess as to the average cost. The quote you get could be be considerably less or considerably more. Most of it is not for the EVSE box. It includes having an electrician install cable from your breaker box to wherever you want to have the EVSE mounted. It might include an upgrade to your breaker box or even to your service from the electric utility. It probably includes three trips to your home by a licensed electrician, and it certainly includes permits from the city, preparing a formal estimate, and paperwork for AeroVironment and Nissan.
fumer wrote:I just learned from my Nissan dealer that: "at this time Nissan will not deliver a leaf to anyone that does not have a charger installed by AeroVironment".
Like EVDRIVER, I believe this is just FUD. Personally, I intend to charge my Leaf only from 120v, and Nissan has confirmed several times that this is allowed, though not "recommended".
fumer wrote:I'm a bit disinclined to pay $100 for an estimate when I haven't even driven the car yet!
Look at it this way. If you intend to get some electric car any time in the near future, and you want to be able to charge it any faster than, say, about four or five miles of range per hour of charging time, then you are going to want 240v charging. Now that there is a standard, all of the manufacturers are moving to it. The EVSE you get from AeroVironment will work for nearly any electric vehicle you decide to buy, and they are all going to require an EVSE for 240v charging.