LeafyNC
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Delivery Date: 03 Jun 2015

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:47 pm

thanks, will do!

bonhan1313
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Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:55 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jun 2015
Leaf Number: 016388
Location: Charlotte, NC

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:51 am

Hello
Proud new owner of a CPO 2012 white Leaf SL. Got it two weeks ago and still reading up on the car. I think 13.5k is a great deal on an extremely low mileage, let me know what you guys think. I don’t have L2 charging for it yet but I don’t have to charge often at home since I can charge it at work. Well my employer doesn’t allow charging but another company down the street has 10 L2 charging stations open to the public and free to charge. I had new car before but this one I absolutely love to drive and can’t stop talking about it to my coworkers. I’m hoping to take it out to RTP or Asheville, just a bit nervous about range and availability of charging station.

LeafyNC
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Re: NC Leaf Owners

Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:33 am

Just wanted to report in that we successfully road tripped from the Triangle to Ocracoke in the Leaf! It actually worked pretty well. We charged at 3 quick charge locations.

The first one was North Hills in Raleigh, which is a free Eaton charger in the parking lot near the Exxon. A Tesla was there when we first got there so we had to wait a bit, but there's plenty to do around there. We walked over to Starbucks.

After we got charged there we headed to the Nissan dealer in Wilson, NC. They were super nice and this was probably the best overall charger. Very quick and efficient.

Then we headed to Greenville and the dealer there. I had called ahead and the sales guy told me the quick charge was not working, so I was expecting to hang out in Greenville for 2 or 3 hours while we did a Level 2 charge, but turns out the sales guy I spoke to didn't know what he was talking about. The quick charger was working and a manager helped us get hooked up. This was not a great charger. It kicked off the breaker and the staff was obviously not that familiar with it and seemed a little scared of it. The manager guy gave us a little monologue about high voltage and having to be careful. I think the more they use it the more comfortable they will be. Once they reset the breaker we did get a full charge. We had to go almost all the way to 100% on this leg because the next stop was the Swan Quarter Ferry (which we had to get to by 4:30 —last ferry for the day, so range anxiety and timing anxiety). That's 79 miles and out in the middle of nowhere. If we didn't make it we'd probably be stuck sleeping in the car!

Headed out of Greenville we slowed to about 50mph once we got on the smaller highways. Luckily for us, it was an unseasonably cool, cloudy gray day in the high 70s/low 80s and the sun was hiding, so no AC needed. We hypermiled all the way there, but we did make it in time for the ferry and had just gotten the "Low Battery Warning" when we got there. It did not go to "Very Low Battery" so we did pretty well. We made it time-wise, too, but I don't think we would have if we'd had to rely on the L2.

Once we got to Ocracoke we trickle charged at our rental. No more range anxiety. We also rode bikes and walked a lot.

On our return, by the time we got off the ferry at Swan Quarter it was a hot sunny day and we had that 79 miles to go, so we had to creep along at 50 w/o using the AC very much. Got pretty stuffy, but we rolled down the windows at stop lights and did cycle on the AC when we couldn't stand it any more. We got the "Low Battery Warning" again, but did make to Greenville. There's a Fresh Market about .5 miles away so some of us walked over there, but we left one person manning the quick charger. It did kick off again, but we finished on the L2. Didn't have to charge all the way this time since Wilson is not too far away — just about 46 miles.

We basked in the AC and speed on our way to Wilson. The staff at Lee Nissan were awesome again. Great stop if you're headed up 95 or down east.

We briefly thought about trying to make it home (71 miles) without the stop at North Hills, but decided we liked driving faster and cooler more, so we stopped for a brief quick charge there again, so we could keep riding in air conditioned splendor. I think we probably could do it without the stop, but it just didn't seem worth it to induce more range anxiety.

All in all it was a great trip!

manich
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Delivery Date: 10 Sep 2015
Location: Asheville, NC
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Re: NC Leaf Owners

Sat Sep 19, 2015 3:10 pm

Getting delivery next week, from Atlanta, of a 2013 SV. We live about 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and wanted to make that our 1st "road trip". Anyone know if the US Park Service has any charge stations on the Parkway?
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lpickup
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Delivery Date: 23 Dec 2016
Leaf Number: 312310
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Re: NC Leaf Owners

Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:42 am

manich wrote:Getting delivery next week, from Atlanta, of a 2013 SV. We live about 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and wanted to make that our 1st "road trip". Anyone know if the US Park Service has any charge stations on the Parkway?


Welcome!

The best way to search for charging stations is plugshare.com

Offhand I didn't see any right on the BRP, but there are a couple that aren't too far off the road.
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DaveInAvl
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Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:11 am
Delivery Date: 18 Mar 2014
Leaf Number: 331649
Location: Asheville, NC

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:02 am

manich wrote:We live about 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway and wanted to make that our 1st "road trip".

We've taken our '14 from downtown Asheville to the Pisgah Inn on the Parkway a couple of times, and that was fun.

This fellow has taken LEAF trips in our area which might give you some ideas... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36BlEMyRIcE

EvansvilleLeaf
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Joined: Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:00 pm
Delivery Date: 18 Feb 2012
Leaf Number: 334545
Location: Youngsville NC

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:34 pm

Hi all,

Leaf veteran but new to the area. Living in Youngsville just north of Wake Forest. Looking to see if anyone has any recs for an electrician to install a EVSE. Easy to google tradespeople at least but would prefer someone who has done it before. Thanks much,

jimmyz80
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Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:44 pm
Delivery Date: 27 Feb 2013
Leaf Number: 403696
Location: Apex, NC (Near Raleigh)

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:48 pm

EvansvilleLeaf wrote:Hi all,

Leaf veteran but new to the area. Living in Youngsville just north of Wake Forest. Looking to see if anyone has any recs for an electrician to install a EVSE. Easy to google tradespeople at least but would prefer someone who has done it before. Thanks much,


I've used two, and both I would recommend. CMC Electric installed 30A EVSE wiring in the garage, and Ralph's Electrical Service installed the wiring and conduit for my outdoor EVSE in the driveway. CMC is a big company, and Ralph is a one-man-band, but both did great work and pricing should be fairly comparable. Both are on Angies List, since that's how I found them.

You'll have to check whether either do work out in your area though, since I'm down in Apex.
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dm33
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Delivery Date: 31 May 2013
Location: Raleigh, NC

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:20 pm

EvansvilleLeaf wrote:Hi all,

Leaf veteran but new to the area. Living in Youngsville just north of Wake Forest. Looking to see if anyone has any recs for an electrician to install a EVSE. Easy to google tradespeople at least but would prefer someone who has done it before. Thanks much,

(Joe) Parnell electric service installed the line and plug for my EVSE. Did a good job and reasonable rate.

I had problems with Ralph's electric service. He wanted to run the cable in a way that couldn't work. He wasn't going to discover that without causing some structural damage to my house. He didn't react well when I pointed that out.

Angies list can be a questionable place. I've seen multiple vendors raise their price to accommodate a "coupon". There is definite pay for placement and not just based on reviews.

jimmyz80
Posts: 76
Joined: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:44 pm
Delivery Date: 27 Feb 2013
Leaf Number: 403696
Location: Apex, NC (Near Raleigh)

Re: NC Leaf Owners

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:46 pm

Interesting to hear about your problems with Ralph. I always kept a close eye and made it clear what I did or did not want him to do/try. CMC was very cautious in everything they did, and I would certainly trust them with any job. I don't feel like they needed any oversight, at least the crew they sent to my job.
  • 2013 Nissan Leaf SL (Second one I've owned...)
  • 2010 Tesla Roadster
  • 2012 Prius C Three
  • 1931 Ford Model A Coupe

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