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DFW Metroplex

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:29 pm
by dallasmay
I saw the Texas thread, but since Texas is as big as most countries, I thought we could be a bit more specific with our Geography.

How many of you Metroplex people have actually put down the $99 pre-order for a Leaf?

Count me as one. (Though sadly I'm probably not actually #1.)

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:05 pm
by jhm614
dallasmay wrote:I saw the Texas thread, but since Texas is as big as most countries, I thought we could be a bit more specific with our Geography.

How many of you Metroplex people have actually put down the $99 pre-order for a Leaf?

Count me as one. (Though sadly I'm probably not actually #1.)
Mine is reserved. I think the forum has 6 or so users in DFW.

Have you picked a dealer yet?

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:25 pm
by dallasmay
jhm614 wrote:
Have you picked a dealer yet?
No, when do I get to do that? That probably means I didn't reserve in time to make the first cut, huh?

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:03 am
by shay
There is another in Dallas. I made the reservation last week. I have no idea if I should select a dealer or not right now.

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:22 pm
by dfwcre8tive
I reserved ours back in April, too. Haven't picked a dealer yet. Trying to research the various charging infrastructure available to us, since we live downtown in an apartment building (without a private garage).

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:28 pm
by dfwcre8tive
Half Price Books installs N. Texas' first electric car charging station
4:53 PM Mon, Sep 20, 2010
Elizabeth Souder/Reporter
http://energyandenvironmentblog.dallasn ... -n-te.html

As the cars roll in to Texas later this year, drivers will be able to juice up their electric vehicles at the bookstore's flagship location on Northwest Highway for free.

The charger is relatively slow, and some cars will take hours to get a full charge. So the idea is to change consumer thinking about refueling, from waiting next to the vehicle to just leaving the car plugged in while shopping.

"We're thinking, lunch hour, when they come and shop anyway," said Becky Gomez, promotions manager for Half Price Books. "We'll give them a basket, too."

The charging station can send text messages to drivers about the charging status.
Half Price will let customers use the stations for free until next September, when executives will decide whether to charge. Half Price buys renewable electricity from Green Mountain Energy.

Gomez said the store location, at 5803 E. Northwest Highway, draws customers who drive alternative-fuel vehicles, and she expects the chargers to get some use once the plug-in cars hit Texas.

"I know these people in Lake Highlands, Highland Park, University Park will be the people buying these vehicles," she said.

She added that Half Price Books executives wanted to have the first charging station in North Texas to compliment the company's earthy image.

The station isn't a promotion by electric vehicle companies. Gomez found charging manufacturer Coulomb Technologies Inc. online, and Half Price Books paid for the station and installation itself.

The station, with charging spots for two vehicles, costs about $10,000, including installation.

Guy Mannino, president of charging station distributor Verdek LLC, said the station at Half Price is designed for customers to "top off the battery."

Public charging stations require a change in customer mindset, since refueling can take a lot longer than gasing up.

"Park the car and go do something else," Mannino said. Something else, like shopping, watching a movie or eating at a restaurant.

Several companies are making electric vehicle announcements this month, as car manufacturers plan electric vehicle displays at the State Fair of Texas.

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:30 pm
by dfwcre8tive
dfwcre8tive wrote:Half Price Books installs N. Texas' first electric car charging station
4:53 PM Mon, Sep 20, 2010
Elizabeth Souder/Reporter

Several companies are making electric vehicle announcements this month, as car manufacturers plan electric vehicle displays at the State Fair of Texas.
Anyone know if the LEAF will be making an appearance at the State Fair of Texas?

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:44 pm
by dfwcre8tive
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5 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 24, 2010
11:30 a.m.
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Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:04 pm
by KarlonB
Hi Everyone - I just ordered mine yesterday!

Re: DFW Metroplex

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:11 pm
by jhm614
KarlonB wrote:Hi Everyone - I just ordered mine yesterday!
Cool! Which dealer did you go with?