palmermd wrote:If I wanted to drive from my home to South Lake Tahoe, CA, it would be 147 miles one way. I would love to be able to drive my Leaf to Tahoe some day, but it would require at least one quick charge station along the route. Two would be needed realistically. It would probably sound silly to those who drive ICE cars that I would even consider such a trip and have to stop twice for 15 minute quick charge's, but I would not mind the short breaks.
Looking at the route, It looks like the best places to put the quick charge stations, not only looking at my situation, but also for those coming from the bay area or down from northern california, I would propose that we need one in Sacramento, and one in Pollock Pines.
For the one in Sacramento, what better place to put it to get promotion that on the Capitol Mall. There is a small parking lot right on the circular driveway on the capitol mall that would be a great place to have this station installed, and it would certainly capture the media attention from the capitol building.
Pollock Pines was chosen because it is 58 miles from Sacramento and 47 miles from South Lake Tahoe. Just about the perfect distance needed for the required quick 80% top off of the battery. If I were a business owner in Pollock Pines I would seriously think about investing in a quick charge station. It would certainly be a good way to bring people into my shop. There is a Starbucks and some other stores in a little shopping center right on the highway. The charge station would be a great way to get people to stop in for 15 minutes and buy a cup of coffee or something. Not to mention that they would be able to sell the use of the charge station.
Is there an organization that is working to get quick charge stations installed? What can we do to help promote the installation of such sites? Are there better locations to promote? Getting these installed would require that we show that there is some demand. We need to have everyone on this forum who might use these locations to support the selected locations. If we had enough people saying that they would use it, I think we could get somebody to invest in installing them.
Anyhow, thats my rambling thoughts for the morning.
Per ECOtality, this is how it works;
http://www.theevproject.com/downloads/d ... 20V3.1.pdf
Open the pdf file and go to "Figure 4-15 Installation Flowchart for Public Charging" and the flowchart gives you the process to locate a public charge station. As LEAFguy stated you can nominate sites at the ECOtality web site.
I have done this, but they do not show up on the map, and there is no feedback as to sites under consideration. It also calls for input from "Consultations with EV enthusiasts”. That would be us. The contact list does not show a contact for the announced San Francisco area project;
http://www.ecotality.com/pressreleases/ ... BAAQMD.pdf
There are no assigned "public' contacts. But here are the available phone numbers;
I have seen lots of press releases, but no chargers. The “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Guidelines” except for Tennessee, do not suggest site locations.
I agree we need to get involved, or suffer the results.