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Florida

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:57 am
by StrangerTides
Well, I guess the good news is that even though I chose the most popular color (blue), I probably won't have to worry about not standing out from the crowd down here. ;)

Plus by the time I get a Leaf in my garage, I will have already read about everyone else's several months of driving and charging experiences. :roll:

Re: Florida

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:49 am
by LTLFTcomposite
StrangerTides wrote:Well, I guess the good news is that even though I chose the most popular color (blue), I probably won't have to worry about not standing out from the crowd down here. ;)

Plus by the time I get a Leaf in my garage, I will have already read about everyone else's several months of driving and charging experiences. :roll:


Nice to hear from someone else in FL.

Re: Florida

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:28 am
by StrangerTides
Yep, I guess there are at least a couple of us. Where in FL are you located?

Re: Florida

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:54 am
by LTLFTcomposite
StrangerTides wrote:Yep, I guess there are at least a couple of us. Where in FL are you located?


I'm in Delray. There's a Maroone Nissan dealer over on Federal Hwy I figured I'd use. Never bought from them but I do have an old Altima I got used for which they've done service work. (First time owning a Nissan, hard to not be impressed with a car still going strong after 200k miles) The people in the service dept have been really helpful, I'm sure the sales dept just is what they all are.

It's been a couple months since I've spoken to anyone over there about the Leaf. Some there had heard about it and there were some misconceptions but that may have changed some by now. You can't blame them for being primarily concerned with making their quota for the month rather than daydreaming about future technology. It's a job for them.

Still seems like FL would be a good target for the Leaf. No hills and heat is rarely needed. I went with the white for the sake of A/C load, although it isn't clear how much difference that makes.

Re: Florida

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:58 pm
by StrangerTides
I agree - seems like we ought to be up there with CA as a target market.

Yeah, Maroone's the closest; I've never bought from them either. My only previous Nissan was an '81 200SX that I got used from a Broward dealer.

So what's your guess on where we are in the rollout timeline - next spring? I have a 2000 Toyota 4Runner with 125K miles - would rather not spend any more money on it, so I'm hoping nothing serious and expensive breaks before I can get the Leaf.

Re: Florida

Posted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:41 pm
by AndyH
First Coulomb/ChargePoint America opens in Orlando on June 17th. There are plans for 300-500 total installations in Orange County by the end of 2011.

http://www.wesh.com/news/23908102/detail.html

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The first electric car charging station will be unveiled Thursday [June 17th] at 2 p.m. in front of Orlando City Hall.

The opening of the charging station, which can be used to charge a plug-in electric vehicle, comes four months after Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty got behind the wheel of the Nissan Leaf, a five-door hatchback electric vehicle.

In a partnership with Coulomb Technologies, an electric vehicle infrastructure company based out of California, OUC has installed two solar-powered ChargePoint stations at its new headquarters on Anderson Street in downtown Orlando.

http://chargepointamerica.com/blog/chargepoint-america/chargepoint-america-launches-in-orlando/

Re: Florida

Posted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:48 pm
by StrangerTides
Cool, thanks for the info! Unfortunately, it's about 180 miles from my house to Orange County - even if there's a charging infrastructure in place by the time I get a Leaf, we'd still probably end up driving our "other" vehicle when we go to Disney World :( .

But it's good to know that Orlando wants to be EV-friendly - maybe a good sign for expansion into South FL in the not to distant future.

Re: Florida

Posted: Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:26 am
by LTLFTcomposite
StrangerTides wrote:Cool, thanks for the info! Unfortunately, it's about 180 miles from my house to Orange County - even if there's a charging infrastructure in place by the time I get a Leaf, we'd still probably end up driving our "other" vehicle when we go to Disney World :( .

But it's good to know that Orlando wants to be EV-friendly - maybe a good sign for expansion into South FL in the not to distant future.


I've been wondering if there could be an opportunity there to have a charging station halfway along that S Fla - Orlando corridor. Stop for a meal and juice up the car. Another idea would be an auto-train type thing. Drive your EV to the station, put it on the train, then relax in the lounge car for the long part of the trip.

Re: Florida

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:13 am
by FloridaRobot
I agree that Florida seems a logical choice for an early deployment of the Leaf and hopefully that will become a reality. And it's good to finally see some other Leaf enthusiasts from Florida !

I'm on the West Coast in the Tampa Bay area (Clearwater) and am glad to hear that Orange county will have many charging stations. It would be nice if Disney and Universal had a parking area with charging stations. Great for visitors but even better for promoting this technology. The publicity would be very good for the consumers and Disney/Universal.

Re: Florida

Posted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:03 am
by LEAFer
FloridaRobot wrote:It would be nice if Disney and Universal had a parking area with charging stations. Great for visitors but even better for promoting this technology. The publicity would be very good for the consumers and Disney/Universal.

And "tell them" to put those stations under solar panels for shading :P makes them look even "cooler" and will keep your LEAF cooler and more efficient while charging 8-)