kcarmich wrote:BCIT is still experimental, many defects still exist that can cause you serious problems if you are not part of the testing team.
it could leave your car unable to charge
or stuck to the charging station
or even destroy your battery.
I keep having to remove it from plugshare because people show up and then have problems with their vehicle because of the "experimental" chargers.
What is experimental about them? Are they a different brand of charger than what has been used so far in BC? Thank you for letting us know of the potential hazards!
these are the only 2 Schneider DC chargers in Canada, and its power source isn't just plugged into the grid, this is a very complex setup with 250kw solar and 500kwh of battery, and big honking DC to DC and DC to AC inverter system, when the solar tries to connect to the grid or disconnect from the grid there is a power fluctuation that the chargers aren't able to deal with, and it may cause the entire charger to reboot or fault. Schneider is trying to resolve all our issues, but it isn't happening quickly.
they advised us to install a UPS upstream from the control circuits, and that failed because when the UPS kicked in then the charger rebooted because it saw the neutral was no longer the same potential as ground and it shutdown because there was a ground fault.
so we are having to change the electrical wiring to these chargers to deal with these types of issues, and it could have a real impact to drivers, and I dont want anybody's vehicle to be harmed while we are solving these issues.
this is why these "coming soon" posts in plugshare are very dangerous. just because something is powered up doesn't mean it is safe to use.