smkettner
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Re: 2012 purchase with winter questions.

Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:33 am

bradbissell wrote:One other question, is 54 miles RT on L1 charging really possible?
I drove close to 50 miles average per day the first 5 months of ownership on L1. At times it seemed like it was charging near continuous but I always got where I needed to go. Some mornings it was still charging as I unplugged and headed to work. But then my miles are in a mild climate. I think you should plan on installing L2 soon but you can wait until you get the actual car and be on L1 for a few weeks.
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KillaWhat
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Re: 2012 purchase with winter questions.

Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:26 pm

I drove close to 50 miles average per day the first 5 months of ownership on L1. At times it seemed like it was charging near continuous but I always got where I needed to go. Some mornings it was still charging as I unplugged and headed to work. But then my miles are in a mild climate. I think you should plan on installing L2 soon but you can wait until you get the actual car and be on L1 for a few weeks.
I just got a free L2 from the EV Project.
I'm also having my L1 upgraded to L2 by EVSEUPGRADE.com because I've heard that the blinks are not always reliable.

A full 16 amp L2 for under $300 (and it will still do L1 in a pinch)

You could look into the EV Project, and see if you can get a free L2 also.

Good luck
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Re: 2012 purchase with winter questions.

Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:28 pm

my wife does a 40 mile rt. In the winter with temps in the 20s and 30s with a 100% charge she gets home with about 15 miles left on the guess o meter. her trip is 2/3 at 55mph and 1/3 at 35 mph. The extra 15 miles you are going to do will put you at the edge. but its do able especially if you are on pretty flat ground... HOWEVER... if you make a stop on the way home for a couple of hours and have to get the heat back up to temp you will be very tight... we have on winters experience in northern Idaho
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bradbissell
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Re: 2012 purchase with winter questions.

Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:33 pm

After much thought I decided to wait on the 2013 model. A better heater will make all the difference on the sub zero days. Also the 6.6kw charger will help if I'm ever really on the edge of range.

Thanks everyone for your help, I'm sure I'll have more questions down the road.
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