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Re: Chicagoland area

Tue May 13, 2014 3:05 pm

r1234567 wrote:I've found the dealers to vary greatly. M'Lady won't allow anyone but those who buy from them. I called ahead to Bill Kay in DG when I was out that way and they couldn't have been nicer. My friend had a similar experience at Arlington Nissan who also allowed her to top off her car.

Like everyone else in the thread, I wish there were more stations not charged to dealerships so I can venture out more on the weekends.

Forget M'Lady.

I wouldn't buy from anyone who doesn't support the use of Leaf's by this policy.

So what's it going to cost them in electricity? If it's $50 a month, look at the positive gain to be realized and the negative repercussions if they restrict it to only their customers. In my opinion, this is a bad business decision..bad for future customers, bad for the environment, bad for Nissan and bad for the spirit of generosity which is sadly in short supply.

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Re: Chicagoland area

Tue May 13, 2014 4:13 pm

I don't get it either, talk about a captive audience. They can come out and chat with you about the leaf, talk about upgrading to a new one or take a look around at other vehicles while yours is charging. They spend 10's of thousands in advertising to get people to come in and yet $50 a month is to much to get your target audience at the dealership, trapped there for 30 to 60 minutes? Crazy.

Honestly I can see giving preference to their own customers and I would gladly give up my spot for a customer who did purchase from them, I understand and appreciate that and would like to think my dealer would give me fist shot at an evse spot over someone who bought from the competition.

I have to say we were in Sheboygan, WI and the folks there told us, yes if you ever drive to or from Milwaukee (were from Green Bay), feel free to stop and charge here, 24x7. If they would have had a car on the lot we would have bought one from them. That's the way it should be.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed May 14, 2014 5:32 am

BrockWI wrote:I don't get it either, talk about a captive audience. They can come out and chat with you about the leaf, talk about upgrading to a new one or take a look around at other vehicles while yours is charging. They spend 10's of thousands in advertising to get people to come in and yet $50 a month is to much to get your target audience at the dealership, trapped there for 30 to 60 minutes? Crazy.

Honestly I can see giving preference to their own customers and I would gladly give up my spot for a customer who did purchase from them, I understand and appreciate that and would like to think my dealer would give me fist shot at an evse spot over someone who bought from the competition.

I have to say we were in Sheboygan, WI and the folks there told us, yes if you ever drive to or from Milwaukee (were from Green Bay), feel free to stop and charge here, 24x7. If they would have had a car on the lot we would have bought one from them. That's the way it should be.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:15 pm

No new posts on this thread in a month so thought I would post something for a bit of thought (for both our own area and where I saw this in Knoxville, TN on a recent trip); after all we can't REALLY take our LEAF on trips like this (NW 'burbs of Chicago > Asheville, NC > Orlando > St. Augustine > Knoxville > NW 'burbs; about 2,700 miles in total). While we stayed at a Hampton in Knoxville; I was literally 'shocked' to see a L2 Blink EVSE ready to be used (as far as I could tell, pressing the setup button, it appeared to 'fire up' at only $2/hour !) ... just think how long it would have taken my LEAF to even get to Knoxville (~ 570+ miles) to take advantage of this charger ... we did see a few LEAF's in and around Orlando, several Tesla S sedans around FL and lots of Volts anywhere on the trip. My trip car needed to carry 4 people and lots of luggage all this way, spent about $400 for gas round trip (would have only been about $27 using our summertime 5 miles per kWh at .0496/kWh rate with the LEAF) but would have needed to take several more days off to even get it done (if even possible with hopefully L3 chargers). The whole point here is that we still have away to go ... this is that last 5% to 10% usage that the LEAF simply can't do practically but that's fine with me. We have always charged it right out of our garage but at least seeing some additional public chargers out there is encouraging; my EV has saved me lots of cash spent on gas. This charger was around the back and of course it was blocked by an ICE. Came across it by accident as we were checking out so didn't check with the front desk, etc. but would be curious if some of our eastern TN folks knew of this one ...

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Re: Chicagoland area

Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:11 am

redLEAF wrote:No new posts on this thread in a month so thought I would post something for a bit of thought (for both our own area and where I saw this in Knoxville, TN on a recent trip); after all we can't REALLY take our LEAF on trips like this (NW 'burbs of Chicago > Asheville, NC > Orlando > St. Augustine > Knoxville > NW 'burbs; about 2,700 miles in total). While we stayed at a Hampton in Knoxville; I was literally 'shocked' to see a L2 Blink EVSE ready to be used (as far as I could tell, pressing the setup button, it appeared to 'fire up' at only $2/hour !) ... just think how long it would have taken my LEAF to even get to Knoxville (~ 570+ miles) to take advantage of this charger ... we did see a few LEAF's in and around Orlando, several Tesla S sedans around FL and lots of Volts anywhere on the trip. My trip car needed to carry 4 people and lots of luggage all this way, spent about $400 for gas round trip (would have only been about $27 using our summertime 5 miles per kWh at .0496/kWh rate with the LEAF) but would have needed to take several more days off to even get it done (if even possible with hopefully L3 chargers). The whole point here is that we still have away to go ... this is that last 5% to 10% usage that the LEAF simply can't do practically but that's fine with me. We have always charged it right out of our garage but at least seeing some additional public chargers out there is encouraging; my EV has saved me lots of cash spent on gas. This charger was around the back and of course it was blocked by an ICE. Came across it by accident as we were checking out so didn't check with the front desk, etc. but would be curious if some of our eastern TN folks knew of this one ...

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Re: Chicagoland area

Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:35 pm

[Rant on] I am undoubtedly anal-retentive, but I see this all the time at local Blinks and it bugs the hell out of me - are people really so lazy that they can't be bothered to put the connector back properly? The whole point of doing so is to keep it from falling to the ground and getting damaged, and to keep crud out of the pins by shielding the connector head from weather. You'd think simple self-interest would make people do it right, but unlike gas pump dispensers this behavior seems to be epidemic at L2s. I can sort of see not wanting to re-coil the cable first, as it gets dirt and dust all over it which transfers to your hands, but putting the connector in place? How difficult is that?! [Rant off - I feel better now]
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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:38 pm

redLEAF -

Your dream of driving across country in our electric car reminds me of trains. I love riding on trains, especially cross country. Every time I have an out of town destination I try to find a way to take Amtrak. But, like charging stations, there just aren't enough of them. They only run once a day and always arrive or depart at an awful hour. So, I end up driving, flying, or taking the bus instead.

But we can dream of Americans returning to the rails and adopting electric transportation and building the necessary infrastructure, can't we?
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Re: Chicagoland area

Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:03 pm

Mariano's Preferred Parking?

The new Mariano's at Ravenswood & Lawrence in Chicago has parking on the roof. The edge of the roof is lined with handicapped parking spaces. There must be at least ten. BUT, right in front of the door are about 5 to 10 spaces for "low emission" vehicles. Since there were no charging stations there I can't figure the point of the special parking. I asked an employee and he had no idea.

Does anybody have any insight into this?
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Re: Chicagoland area

Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:43 am

A few months ago I parked at up front Low Emission spaces at the Whole Foods in Palatine.... also no chargers but at least a recognition/perk. (One was ICEd in). Have only returned once as that perk is not worth the cost to me.
I do go to 2 Mariano's in the suburbs regularly but no spaces reserved as far as I have seen.... I will start looking. They might be there.
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Re: Chicagoland area

Thu Jun 19, 2014 6:55 am

IrvingHarlem wrote:Mariano's Preferred Parking?

The new Mariano's at Ravenswood & Lawrence in Chicago has parking on the roof. The edge of the roof is lined with handicapped parking spaces. There must be at least ten. BUT, right in front of the door are about 5 to 10 spaces for "low emission" vehicles. Since there were no charging stations there I can't figure the point of the special parking. I asked an employee and he had no idea.

Does anybody have any insight into this?
I am not familiar with this restaurant, so I looked them up on the web.

I then sent an email to their company chairman, (Bob,) complementing him on the parking at the Ravenswood and Lawrance location, suggesting that they place a charger for electric vehicles near the front door to further support his position around low emission vehicles.

Lets see what the response is!!

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