mossburg145 wrote:Just received my 2014 Leaf SV on Wednesday. I have not seen many Leaf's in the Akron/Canton area. Have found and started using PlugShare only a couple of places in the area with public charging. (Dealers/Walgreens and parking decks) does anyone know of any other locations. Any advice for the upcoming winter my, commute is 36 miles round trip, do distance should not be a problem. Have not decided on a home charger yet, but eventually I will.
Does anyone know if Ohio Edison had any programs for EV's.
Don't count on much infrastructure being installed in this part of Ohio in the near future. My part-time employer is willing to install a L2 EVSE for employee use and make it available to the public so I contacted a few of the networked charging station companies to check options. Only Blink retuned my call. They were completely disinterested unless we purchased their L2 EVSE (at $2000+), incur all the install expense, provide the electricity, and pay their monthly network & credit card fees. The commercial return is so low it would take several years to recoup the investment (if ever). It was clear that the now expired Federal tax credit was the only reason any networked EVSE's were being installed in this area.
Installing this station is not completely dead, but will likely become a simple non-networked EVSE with a power disconnect inside the building. Office staff would have to be present to turn the power on and make payment arrangements for non-employees to charge.
The best advice is finding a few contingent places to charge along your daily route. Then, learn the % battery consumption rate between waypoints on your route. Consumption will be relatively predictable within a few % of battery any given day. I charge entirely at home and run 37 miles each direction into Cleveland every day without recharging. Adequate range has not yet been an issue but temperature conditions have been perfect thus far. I pass 2 Nissan dealers with L2's and have a few other locations within a couple miles of my full-time job location that I have used on rare occasions.
2014 SV - Brilliant Silver - returned 1/2017 at end of lease.
2019 SL - White - w/Tech Package