vwDavid
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Location: Vancouver BC Area

Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:56 pm

Certainly a loop would be great but it would also be really
Nice to have some proper L3 in Vancouver burnaby etc too.

achewt
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Location: Nelson, BC

Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:59 pm

vwDavid wrote:Certainly a loop would be great but it would also be really
Nice to have some proper L3 in Vancouver burnaby etc too.


I'd be curious if you could expand on that statement. I don't really understand the need for L3 in the area around Vancouver - the climate is so mild that range isn't impacted that badly and I never found myself driving over 100km in a day when I lived there. Admittedly, I was doing that driving without a Leaf.

I did fly to Vancouver to pick mine up in May and drove it home to Nelson, so I only was able to use one L3 charger (at the Surrey Museum). Having them further out the valley like Abbotsford and Hope would have helped me a lot more, because I arrived at the Surrey L3 with >70% charge, so I only really used it out of novelty.

With respect to a loop - Daybreak South (on CBC) did have an interview the other day with someone from BC Hydro on implementing the L3's - the guy only spoke about a charger they are trying to put in at West Kelowna, but it has given me a glimmer of hope anyways!
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evken
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Location: Richmnond BC

Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:31 pm

VEVA email last night spoke about a new level three at the PNE soon. Also BCIT solar level 3 is on plugshare now. :D

kcarmich
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Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:46 pm

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.

achewt
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Location: Nelson, BC

Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:50 pm

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!
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kcarmich
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Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:23 pm

achewt wrote:
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.

achewt
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Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Sun May 17, 2015 8:57 pm

I see Abbotsford is now listed on PlugShare and appears to be relatively stable - I'm planning on coming over from Nelson in mid-June and will be happy to use that station along with the North Van station (or is the PNE one hooked up yet? It isn't on PlugShare) - then hop over to the Sunshine Coast and use the one at Sechelt.

I've only used a DCFC once, it was the Surrey Museum unit last May. I used the iOS Greenlots App successfully - do you regular users use an app, or did you order the RFID tag? I'm debating about spending the $10 on a tag.

Thanks all!
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kcarmich
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BCIT CHAdeMO chargers

Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:06 am

as we get ready to unleash the DC chargers at BCIT to the general public, I would like to take some time to show some people how to deal with these chargers to ensure they are able to deal with any issues that may happen at these stations, and hopefully they will be able to help other users as the site becomes more active.

if you would like to be part of this, please contact me and we can arrange some time to go over the potential issues, and how to resolve most of the issues.

Kelly

MDeAbreu
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Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:42 pm

The Fraser Basin Council released their gap analysis on the siting of an additional 20 DCFCs in the province.

achewt
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Location: Nelson, BC

Re: BC L3 Quick Charge Station Status

Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:07 am

I posted a video to YouTube of a recent charge at the Penticton DCFC. I've used this unit a few times now and have had no problems. Interestingly, I haven't needed to use the Greenlots app to unlock it - you can simply start it using right away (as you'll see in the video). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW5yGsaytS4
Ocean Blue 2014 SL, 108,000km as of mid-Feb 2017, back up to 95% (from low of 86%!) SOH
Commuting 142km round-trip; level 2 at home, level 1 at work
http://kootenayEVfamily.ca

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