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Birmingham, AL

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:31 pm
by kg4bec
G'day Y'all,

First may I say THANK YOU to everyone who contributes in this forum. It's been so much fun to watch as people speculated on what the LEAF can do, through the first exciting orders and deliveries, and the almost universal praise that the car has received since then.

As one of the folks in the Tier 2 state of Alabama, I was really happy to see an email from Nissan to say I could request a quote! Armed with all the information from this forum, I was able to educate my local dealer on the process and we have agreed on a price verbally (MSRP). Unfortunately he has not been able to give me a quote yet because he cannot locate an "official" invoice price to base his quote on. Sigh. Perhaps someone here can point me/him to an official source that he can use, presumably a site internal to Nissan?

It was cool to see THREE EVSEs already installed right there at the dealership! Hopefully I won't have to use them because I have such a short commute (about 22 miles round trip, not counting any side trips).

I'm looking forward to starting the journey that so many of you folks have already taken, so hopefully I'll be able to ask intelligent questions.

Cheers, Bert

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:54 pm
by kg4bec
(Talking to myself LOL)

And so the journey begins... Ordered my Glacier Perl LEAF this week!

Cheers/73, Bert/KG4BEC

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:13 pm
by TNleaf
Hang in there, Bert. (At least you don't have to feel like you're talking to yourself, right?)

Hopefully it's only a matter of time before many others in Alabama have reserved and ordered their LEAFs.

In the meantime, you can stick with us Middle TN folks. Heck, if we get DC fast chargers rolled out by the end of the year, a LEAF meet-up in Huntsville should be feasible (if others are prepared to dedicate an entire day to travel and charging), I believe it's about 100-110 miles midpoint from Smyrna, at least.

Again, great to see you at the TN meetup this weekend, hopefully you will receive some promising updates from Nissan regarding your LEAF and your application to the EVproject.

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:25 pm
by kg4bec
Thank you, it was a real treat to meet you (and everyone else) at the Middle TN LEAF get-together! :-)

Was it your card I tried to photograph with my phone? If so, it didn't work -- too fuzzy. :-/ So if you wouldn't mind PM-ing me your contact details, I'd appreciate it. Thank you!

So I've signed up with the EV Project but haven't heard anything back from them yet. They're probably wondering where Alabama is. LOL!

Cheers, Bert

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:55 am
by kg4bec
Wooo Hoo...!

I can't edit the color on my dashboard any more. Common wisdom on this board says that means my LEAF has been built!
YAY!!! One step closer! :-) :-) :-)

Cheers, Bert

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:10 pm
by kg4bec
(talking to myself some more LOL). I sure hope some more Alabamians join in soon!

Since I saw the "week of" delivery date appear I had a closer look at the specs and realized that a qc port is not standard on the 2012 SV, so I will not qualify for ev project anyway. No problem for me as I had budgeted for a level 2 charger install, and had already made the decision that the QC was not as critical for me as it was for a bunch of folks here. :-)

With a round trip commute of 22 miles and only exceeding 50 miles three times in the last 3 months, I do not foresee any problems. :-)

cheers, Bert

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:10 pm
by TNleaf
kg4bec wrote:(talking to myself some more LOL). I sure hope some more Alabamians join in soon!

Since I saw the "week of" delivery date appear I had a closer look at the specs and realized that a qc port is not standard on the 2012 SV, so I will not qualify for ev project anyway. No problem for me as I had budgeted for a level 2 charger install, and had already made the decision that the QC was not as critical for me as it was for a bunch of folks here. :-)

With a round trip commute of 22 miles and only exceeding 50 miles three times in the last 3 months, I do not foresee any problems. :-)

cheers, Bert


Haha, at least you can know that I'm reading this! (so you don't have to feel like you are talking to yourself).

Did you end up making a L2 EVSE purchase yet, or are you still shopping around?

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:00 pm
by kg4bec
Not yet although I'm definitely leaning towards the Schneider. Already got the 220v line pulled so it'll be a simple install. You can only get them online at home depot, right? I haven't tried yet but I doubt there's any point going to one of their stores to buy one off the floor?

Cheers, Bert

P.s. BTW thanks for confirming I'm not going mad by talking to myself! LOL!

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:11 am
by TNleaf
kg4bec wrote:Not yet although I'm definitely leaning towards the Schneider. Already got the 220v line pulled so it'll be a simple install. You can only get them online at home depot, right? I haven't tried yet but I doubt there's any point going to one of their stores to buy one off the floor?

Cheers, Bert

P.s. BTW thanks for confirming I'm not going mad by talking to myself! LOL!


That's correct, home depot has the Schneider Electric unit online only with free shipping. It's $799 shipped.

I'm sure there are others that read your message too, just not responses!

Re: Birmingham, AL

Posted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:37 am
by Eleafgrrl
I read ya, Bert! Only a few more weeks before you are buzzing around in your Leaf, or as my husband calls it, "the conversation piece". Was down in Madison, AL. on Saturday. Had to drive the Titan but hope one day to be able to drive the Leaf all the way down...