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Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:51 am
by mwalsh
When I was choosing between the SV and the SL while making my reservation, I noticed quite distinctly it said that the quick charge feature was only available on the SL model, which is pretty much why I chose it. Could someone reconfirm this for me?

There is a bit of discussion on the Leaf Facebook page over whether that is so or not, and I'm pretty darn sure that's the way I remember it.

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:25 pm
by Randy
Straight from Fabiola on the Leaf chat...The port for a quick charge will be available only by request, for both SV and SL trim levels. There will be an extra charge for that but the exact $$ amount is not available yet. We will share that information as it becomes available

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:33 pm
by mwalsh
Thanks Randy! It's not the way I remember seeing it, but if that's the "party line" as of today, then I guess it is what it is. I sometimes get the feeling that Nissan is sort of making up as they go. Which is fine, I suppose.....at least it's forward momentum.

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:34 pm
by mitch672
Randy wrote:Straight from Fabiola on the Leaf chat...The port for a quick charge will be available only by request, for both SV and SL trim levels. There will be an extra charge for that but the exact $$ amount is not available yet. We will share that information as it becomes available
That would be a BIG mistake on Nissans part, without making the Level 3 DC charging port standard on every Leaf, Level 3 charging will go no where in the U.S. And, frankly I may not buy the Leaf without it, I do not want to be stuck with only the onboard 3.3KW/8 hour charge option.

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:36 pm
by evnow
Well, Nissan will have a problem advertising fast charging and not provind them with their base model. They may be hesitent because the standards are not set, though ...

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:02 pm
by efusco
I didn't recall seeing anything about the quick charge being included or not included. A google showed a screen-grab of the model selection page and it doesn't show any mention of it:
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Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:05 pm
by mwalsh
efusco wrote:I didn't recall seeing anything about the quick charge being included or not included. A google showed a screen-grab of the model selection page and it doesn't show any mention of it

On my screen it was down under the lease price for the SL. Gosh, I wish I'd saved a copy of it now. or at least wish someone else who saw it would step forward. Or you're all going to get the impression I'm a mental!

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:31 pm
by SilverLeaf
I also recall seeing that the Level 3 Quick Charge option was only listed on the SL Model.

I am DEFINITELY not Crazy (Crazy People Don't Buy Leafs).

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 1:46 pm
by mwalsh
SilverLeaf wrote:I also recall seeing that the Level 3 Quick Charge option was only listed on the SL Model.
Thank you SOOO much. Phew!

Of course, you could just be humoring me.

Re: Confirmation needed: Level 3 quick charge only on the SL?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:31 pm
by AndyH
My application process didn't include any Level 3 charging text.

I suspect that level 3 charging is still in a bit of flux and that patience into July might be the best option before trying to figure out how the car will be configured. The SAE J1772 committee is scheduled to vote on how Level 3 will be implemented in the US late in June.

I strongly believe that there's enough 'handwriting on the wall' at this point to show that Level 3 will be the TEPCO/CHAdeMO system that's already used by Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Subaru in Japan, and that has made it to the US via CHAdeMO partner and technology licensee Aker Wake (who partnered with Coulomb in January).

In addition - all of the official Nissan literature and presentations seen in the wild (and conversations with Nissan folks during the cross-country tour) shows that Level 3 is part of the Leaf. From a cost perspective, car-side Level 3 support appears to be wiring - the more complex and expensive stuff is the on-board charger for Level 1 and 2 - so there doesn't appear to be a cost-saving aspect to leaving the connector off some cars.

Andy