Berlino
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:26 pm

shampoo wrote:
I did some digging and it looks like all of their EV were used for the new pilot project. So the only way to get access to an EV via Communauto is to grab one in Le Plateau..

I might be wrong on this, and if I am, I'd love to know where the EV's are stationed.



Yes, I think you're right.

I logged onto to my membership and attempted to make a reservation for a LEAF way ahead of time in August (just to see what stations were offered as choices) and NO available LEAFs came up. I am actually in QC City, and a think the number of Communauto LEAFs here has gone down, so maybe even those were pulled for their Montreal pilot.

The system did offer the Ford Focus Electric at the Metro Cremazie, Complexe Desjardin and De Chateauguay and Ropery stations. I seem to recall another Focus available in the past somewhere downtown like Place Ville Marie.
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Berlino
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:30 pm

When you consider high parking and insurance costs in Montreal on top of car payments, I think someone once showed that Communauto is cheaper unless you drive over 12,000 km a year.

In my case, I've been a Communauto member for nine years and just used the money saved to purchase a new car (a LEAF) for the first time.
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shampoo
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:53 pm

Living in Le Plateau, I'm not sure where I could charge it. I'd have to run an extension cable off my balcony and onto the street. ;-)

I did see that there is a charging station at a Discount car rental. I rode by tonight to look and sure enough, it's there. However there was a non EV car parked in the spot. I wonder how it works ? I suppose you'd have to go in and ask them to free up the spot so you can charge up your EV ?

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LetusLeaf
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:01 am

Hi, new to the forum (second post) and hopefully a soon-to-be owner in Ontario.

I have a daily commute of 30km round-trip. Probably can add another 5-10km for errands. Will I need a home charger? Or will 110V charging overnight satisfy my needs? Are there pros/cons to this approach? I've seen some comment that they don't really need a home charger.

If a home charger is recommended, are specific ones recommended? What is the estimated cost? On the forums I have seen a range from $1K to $3K. I believe the $1K is just for the unit (not including install). I believe it will be a simple install, the panel is in the garage.

Can the charger be used outside? Or does this depend on brand of charger? Have you experienced any problems or issues with parking/charging outside throughout a winter? Can get a fair bit of snow in this neck of the woods and daily minimum temp approx -12C (an extreme minimum would be -30C, but that would be rare).

Any advice or shared experience greatly appreciated.

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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:06 am

LetusLeaf wrote:...I have a daily commute of 30km round-trip. Probably can add another 5-10km for errands. Will I need a home charger? Or will 110V charging overnight satisfy my needs? Are there pros/cons to this approach? I've seen some comment that they don't really need a home charger
I think you will be fine with L1. One problem will be if you park outside. Trying to pre-heat with L1, -20 C, and 10 cm of snow would not be fun. I find that my garaged Leaf does pre-warm in 30 min just fine down to about -5 C. Below that, it might not be enough heat to really warm or defrost the window, especially outside. Also, I think Kubel reported that his J1772 handle froze to the car during an iceing event. Always best to park inside and pre-warm. Previous discussions:
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=11123&p=255938#p255938
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11506#p265550
Reddy
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Berlino
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:01 am

shampoo wrote:Living in Le Plateau, I'm not sure where I could charge it.


lecircuitelectrique announced plans to install charging stations on the street in Montreal, but no time-table has been released.

Of course, you'd end up paying a lot more per kWh using their system than someone charging at home.

They were supposed to have installed stations off the highways between Montreal and Quebec by now, but nothing has happened.

Currently, Vermont has more EV infrastructure than Quebec, despite having less than a tenth the population of their neighbors to the North.
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Berlino
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:06 am

Reddy wrote:
I think you will be fine with L1.


I think so too, but good luck to him to actually be able to purchase a new LEAF in Canada at the current time.

Depending on which dealer you talk to in Quebec at the you get one of three answers:

1) A few LEAFs may be available in 5-6 weeks.
2) A few LEAFs may come into the showroom in November.
3) Canada's allotment of MY2013 is exhausted, but we recommend you put down a deposit on a MY2014.
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LetusLeaf
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:06 pm

Berlino wrote:... good luck to him to actually be able to purchase a new LEAF in Canada at the current time


Yep, not getting a definitive answer on delivery date... Fingers still crossed though.

Have to say, buying a MY13 in August is a bit weird when it seems every other manufacturer is promoting MY14 right now.
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:49 pm

Depending on which dealer you talk to in Quebec at the you get one of three answers:

1) A few LEAFs may be available in 5-6 weeks.
2) A few LEAFs may come into the showroom in November.
3) Canada's allotment of MY2013 is exhausted, but we recommend you put down a deposit on a MY2014.


I sent a message to Nissan Canada regarding that. They said they were going to contact head office. No news yet from them. I'll try to keep you posted.

Berlino
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Re: Buying a Leaf in Canada

Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:28 pm

Djee18 wrote:
I sent a message to Nissan Canada regarding that [the shortage of LEAF's in Canada]. They said they were going to contact head office. No news yet from them. I'll try to keep you posted.


Hear anything? I was lucky enough to acquire a MY2013, but others are frustrated.

Dealers can't be happy. Imagine spending $$$ to become certified to sell LEAF's, then the parent company only ships you a hand full of units for an entire model year.
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