sn470 wrote:I recently purchased my Leaf knowing I was purchasing a commuter car and I was limited by range. However now that I have two weeks in the car, I want to drive it more! Living in Austin we make the trip to Houston quite a bit so naturally I was wondering how I can get involved to help get level 3 locations installed on high traffic routes. Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, etc.
I'm not sure how useful that would be.. I live in Dallas and occasionally travel to Austin or Houston. I've looked into the distances before and it just not practical.
Distance from DF/W to Austin = 180 miles
Distance from DF/W to Houston = 230 miles
Distance from Austin to Houston = 150 miles
Distance from Austin to San Antonio = 70 miles
OK. Lets assume 50 miles range on highway drives, with quick charge I'd have to stop 4 or 5 times to recharge on my way from DF/W to Houston. That would be 2.5 hours of extra time for the drive. Even from DF/W to Austin is pretty tough needing to stop at least 3 times.
My Leaf doesn't even have a QC port. I've looked into the possibility of driving it to Austin and having to stop somewhere in between. If I stayed off the major highways or drive 55 mph or less I could probably make it with a single charge somewhere in the middle. But I'd have to wait 7 hours to get it.
I could come closer to seeing the trip between Austin and Houston or Austin and San Antonio. The DF/W area is just too darned far.
Maybe in the future with EV's having real highway ranges of 100 miles, it might be more practical.