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Barbouri
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:00 pm

Hi Bert,
Picked up my Leaf on Dec. 9th and live in Leeds, AL
SL Silver with "Zero Emission" decals.

Great to know that I not alone here in AL.

Greg C.
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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:16 pm

Hi Greg!

Good to know there is someone else not far from here with a LEAF. We'll have to do a meet-up!

I think I saw on here that someone in Dothan picked up his LEAF before I did. We were one of the first, anyway. Let's hope we hear from a few more folks before too long!

Have a great Christmas, and hopefully catch up with you in person sometime soon.

Cheers, Bert
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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:39 pm

I got my first thumbs-up from an ICE driver this week!

I was headed to a restaurant to meet a group for dinner and noticed an ICE behind me in the next lane, then they pulled up next to me, tooted their horn and when I looked, they gave me a huge grin and a thumbs-up. I grinned and waved back. I am surprised that every now and again folks really do recognize the car and like it. I especially like that while I'm out there driving like a regular car, I'm proving that the LEAF really can satisfy most folks range needs.

When I mention the LEAF to coworkers, they recognize that it is 100% electric, and even then they ask, "so you don't put gas in it? Ever?" It's so strange to them that you don't have to put gas in a car for it to be a useful car. I can still sense the disbelief when I tell them it's my daily driver and gets me to work and back every day plus all the side trips that I do during the week and the weekend. I guess that is the perils of being an early adopter. :-)

I've got nearly 1000 miles on the car now. I called my salesman to let him know how much I am enjoying it and he let me know that he's got two more coming in soon. I told him I'd be happy to answer any questions the new folks might have if that will help them.

I wonder how I could tell Nissan how they did such a good job with this car? It just works really well as a commuter car, exactly as it was designed to do. Thank you, Nissan!

Cheers, Bert
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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:47 pm

So I went cruising around one Sunday just because I could and because the car is SO MUCH FUN to drive! :-)

I remembered that there was an Alabama Power store on my route and stopped in to see if the rumors of EV charging stations were true. Sure enough, there were three stations out there, none of which were suitable for the LEAF. :-(

I recognized one of the chargers as the "paddle" type that the EV-1s used to use. The other looked like a huge hair clipper; a large "pod" that I didn't recognize. The last one was the closest to the J1772 port that I could see, but I knew it would not fit in the LEAF. Rather than post my rather crappy phone photo, here's a link that shows what I found:

http://www.green.autoblog.com/2009/04/2 ... connector/

I guess it was an early version of the current J1772 standard. None were in use, and looked like they hadn't been used in a while. I might write to Alabama Power and see if they will update that plug. Not very useful to me, but maybe useful to other EVers who might need a few 240V electrons in a pinch.

Folks, I hope you all have a Happy (and safe!) New Year!

Cheers/73, Bert/kg4bec
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Barbouri
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:15 pm

kg4bec wrote:Hi Greg!

Good to know there is someone else not far from here with a LEAF. We'll have to do a meet-up!

I think I saw on here that someone in Dothan picked up his LEAF before I did. We were one of the first, anyway. Let's hope we hear from a few more folks before too long!

Have a great Christmas, and hopefully catch up with you in person sometime soon.

Cheers, Bert


Hi Bert,
Just returned from Mobile, AL for the holidays. Unfortunately we did not get to drive the Leaf down there.
We need to get some quick chargers at highway rest stops. Maybe next Christmas?
I am currently working on getting some funding to install some Level 2 chargers at McWane Science Center in early 2012.
It would be nice to have a EV / Plug-in hybrid group here in central AL. I am quite impressed with what some groups have done in other states.

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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Sun Jan 01, 2012 7:50 am

G'day again Greg!

QCs at McWane center would be cool! Unfortunately I won't be able to take advantage of them though as I bought a SV without QC port. I'm just not sure we will see a huge deployment of QC chargers any time soon and I was concerned enough about the effects on the battery that I chose not to get QC. I hope I don't regret that choice! We'll see.

I live in Pelham and work at the Collonade so we should have no trouble finding a spot midway whenever we get ready to do a LEAF meet-up! Here's hoping we can find the other two folks who are waiting for their cars and get them involved too!

Cheers, Bert
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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:55 pm

G'day Y'all :-)

I'll be featured on the local Fox news broadcast here in Birmingham, AL at 9:30 CST tonight. If it shows up online, it will likely be on www.myfoxal.com (look for Carson's Cars). Here's hoping my enthusiasm for the car shows through as positive...

Cheers, Bert
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kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:22 pm

Well that just made my day... I spotted another LEAF on my way home from work today!

It's a red one and passed me going in the other direction so I just caught a glimpse of it before I realized it was another LEAF! How cool is that? :-) I know there are at least 35 LEAFs here in AL but no idea who, if any (apart from Greg) are here on mynissanleaf.com. After a while I wondered if malloryk had decided to move to AL... LOL

Anyway, if you were driving on Acton Rd in a nice Red LEAF today and you're here on the forum, please pipe up. That would make three of us within easy driving range and I reckon that is cause for a celebration; I think we ought to have a get-together.

Cheers, (a very happy) Bert
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jfiveash
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Location: Birmingham, AL

Re: Birmingham, AL

Mon Mar 26, 2012 6:15 pm

kg4bec wrote:Well that just made my day... I spotted another LEAF on my way home from work today!

It's a red one and passed me going in the other direction so I just caught a glimpse of it before I realized it was another LEAF! How cool is that? :-) I know there are at least 35 LEAFs here in AL but no idea who, if any (apart from Greg) are here on mynissanleaf.com. After a while I wondered if malloryk had decided to move to AL... LOL

Anyway, if you were driving on Acton Rd in a nice Red LEAF today and you're here on the forum, please pipe up. That would make three of us within easy driving range and I reckon that is cause for a celebration; I think we ought to have a get-together.

Cheers, (a very happy) Bert


I did the same thing when I saw you going the other way today! I live in Indian Springs. Charger is on Plugshare.com if you ever need a charge.

kg4bec
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Re: Birmingham, AL

Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:35 pm

jfiveash wrote:I did the same thing when I saw you going the other way today! I live in Indian Springs. Charger is on Plugshare.com if you ever need a charge.


Hi jfiveash,

Thanks for responding! And also thanks for the pointer to plugshare.com; it didn't occur to me to check that website.

How cool to see another LEAF so close by! I live in Pelham (so not far away from you at all) and work at the colonnade so let me know any time you want to do lunch and compare notes. So how long have you had your LEAF? Which dealer did you use? So many questions...! LOL

Cheers/73 Bert/KG4BEC
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