akohekohe wrote:My experience with AeroVironment so far leads me to the conclusion that they are complete clowns. They quoted my $4,000 to install the level II charger. This was based on upgrading the house from 100 amps to 125 amps on the theory that with my oven, all the burners on the stove, the dryer, the hot water heater, the microwave, and a whole bunch of other things on at the same time I would be using the level II charger I could exceed 100 amps. This is crazy because it will never happen, and even if it did, it would just mean turning something off and resetting the master breaker which is no big deal. They even assumed 30 amps for the hot water heater but I've never had it on (it is solar, and I've never used the electric backup, ever) which I told the assessor. I asked them over a month ago for a new quote without the upgrade but they have yet to provide one. I'm looking at other options to getting a level II charger and will let you know if I find someone who will give me a price. In the mean time my advice is don't waste your $100 with AeroVironmental. I wish I could get my $100 back. I think they are using their Nissan connection to bilk customers who don't know any better. In any case, level I should be adequate for my needs if I can't get a level II before I take delivery on the Leaf since it will be a rare day that I put more than 30 miles on the car.
Well, AeroVironment finally revised my quote and it came in just over $2,200. Seems I finally got someone there who had some authority but I might add I had to really let them know how aggravated I was with them, stand my ground and be assertive. I really dislike having to be in people's face to get something accomplished but that is what I had to do. Once I got this straightened out there was only one date available for me to have the installation which fortunately was a day I could be home when they come to do the install. I hope they are able to do the install when they say so I can get the $1,000 federal tax credit this year. Who knows if the new congress will renew it.