rick1rick2
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:51 am
Delivery Date: 24 Apr 2012
Leaf Number: 19286
Location: Southeast Pennsylvania

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:34 pm

Thanks for posting about the PECO offer!
2012 Cayenne Red SV
Supplied L1

durgil
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:06 am
Delivery Date: 07 Jul 2012
Location: Southeastern Pennsylvania

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:53 am

Over the July 4th weekend, I finally joined the club. :D

Been loving it so far.

yeswaydude
Posts: 75
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:27 pm
Delivery Date: 29 Feb 2012
Leaf Number: 18216

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:39 am

Congratulations, durgil!

And welcome to the club! :-)

If there's anyone here in more central PA, can you report on whether or not the Sheetz stations got their quick chargers yet? I think they were estimating that the installation was supposed to be completed by the end of June. Once they get them going, we should plan a meet-up!
Reserved: 2010.04.20, Delivered: 2012.02.29
Color: Super Black
Charging Dock: Blink
Most Miles for Single Charge: 82
Most Miles Lately: 76
Region: Philadelphia

yeswaydude
Posts: 75
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:27 pm
Delivery Date: 29 Feb 2012
Leaf Number: 18216

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:36 am

I'm not sure if anyone here heard about the EVProject coming to Philadelphia. To announce it, they put a separate posting under the Eastern USA section as opposed to adding to this thread. I found out about it because one of my friends sent me the following article from the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Posted: Thu, Aug. 2, 2012, 3:01 AM
ECOtality offers free electric-car-charging stations
By Andrew Maykuth
Inquirer Staff Writer


A California company, infused with millions of federal dollars, is offering to install free charging stations in the homes of some Philadelphia-area owners of electric vehicles.
In return, it wants your data.
ECOtality Inc. announced Wednesday that it was expanding its federally funded EV Project to Philadelphia, as well as Atlanta and Chicago. The two-year-old project, which is now in seven states, is aimed at developing the infrastructure to support the electric-vehicle market, while also gathering data on how EVs are being used and recharged.
Each program participant gets a free, wall-mounted charger valued at $1,500 and a $400 credit toward installation. It's available only to owners of Nissan Leafs and Chevy Volts, because those vehicles are equipped with communications equipment that transmits driving data to the company.
"Now, people interested in electric transportation in the Philadelphia region can join the EV Project and help us build a nationwide network of electric-vehicle-charging stations," said Don Karner, chief innovation officer of ECOtality, which is based in San Francisco. It also is recruiting commercial partners to host the charging stations.
ECOtality received $115 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants in 2009 and 2010, part of the Obama administration's push to stimulate green-energy projects. The grants finance about half the EV Project's cost.
ECOtality's federal funding has become the target of Mitt Romney's campaign, which has likened it to Obama's support of solar-manufacturer Solyndra before it went bankrupt.
The negative publicity has not helped ECOtality's stock price, which closed Wednesday in NASDAQ trading at 49 cents a share, down 92 percent since it went public last year at $6.40 a share.
Karner said the company was being unfairly tarnished during the "political silly season" and maintained that the "project is viable and vibrant."
The rollout of charging infrastructure is one of the obstacles holding back the EV market, along with the cost of the vehicles and their limited range.
There is no shortage of competitors to ECOtality that are building out networks: General Electric; Coulomb Technologies; Better Place; and NRG Energy of Princeton, which operates the eVgo Network. Philadelphia entrepreneur Norman Zarwin also is building out a local network under the U-Go brand name.
ECOtality calls its system the Blink Network, which is connected to the Internet and allows customers to remotely schedule charging via mobile devices. In areas where hourly electric rates are in effect - next year for Peco Co. customers - the charger can also determine the best times and rates available for charging.
Customers who get the free ECOtality residential-recharging stations will have the option to join the Blink Network and pay a fee to use the company's high-speed public charging stations, which are now limited in Philadelphia to two Center City parking garages and Temple University.
In other parts of the country, ECOtality has established partnerships with businesses such as Best Buy, Ikea, Macy's, Sears, and Wal-Mart to host its chargers.
For more information on the program, visit http://www.theEVproject.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; or contact ECOtality's Blink Network at 1-888-998-2546.


Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/2 ... z22OReeiuQ

I went to their website and signed up (since I'm just using an evseupgrade). I'll post more details here if I hear anything back from them.

BTW, I posted on a different thread that a deer ran into my car and smashed the rear door and quarter panel. State Farm estimates the repairs to cost about $3,800 with replacement of the door skin and the rear quarter panel. I picked a repair shop approved by State Farm since State Farm will guarantee the repairs, but I still don't have a warm and fuzzy that they know what they're up against with a giant pack of Lithium Ion batteries right next to a chunk of steel that they're going to be cutting out and re-welding.

Has anyone else here in the local area had bodywork done on their car yet?

Let me know; my car is scheduled to go under the knife on August 15th. :-(
Reserved: 2010.04.20, Delivered: 2012.02.29
Color: Super Black
Charging Dock: Blink
Most Miles for Single Charge: 82
Most Miles Lately: 76
Region: Philadelphia

Metalman
Posts: 92
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:49 pm
Delivery Date: 15 Feb 2012
Location: Sunbury PA

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:48 am

While my wife and I were riding bike on the D&L canal trail through Bethlehem we stumbled on the Musikfest. They had two Leafs there for test drives.
The web site for the Musikfest says they have two chargers there. I'm guessing these may be actually for the casino.
http://www.musikfest.org/info/green.php

rick1rick2
Posts: 7
Joined: Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:51 am
Delivery Date: 24 Apr 2012
Leaf Number: 19286
Location: Southeast Pennsylvania

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:52 pm

A few random thoughts and updates:
- As per Carwings, my lifetime average is 4.88 miles/kWh -- most of my driving is on suburban roads (Carwings average is just under 25mph), to include climbs and descents with decent elevation changes in between West Chester, Wayne, Malvern, and Frazer.
- PECO mailed me a $50 check for registering as a residential customer with an electric car. About a week after I registered I received a PECO postcard about a follow up appointment to have an electrical contractor come out to my house. When I called PECO to say that I didn't need anyone to come out they sounded flustered because they were getting many similar calls. Nothing heard from PECO since.
- I submitted registration information for the EVProject and was told to expect to hear something back within 24-48 hours. That was almost two weeks ago so I'm not sure what to make of the delay, I will follow up with a call this week.
2012 Cayenne Red SV
Supplied L1

tps
Posts: 1262
Joined: Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:40 pm
Delivery Date: 07 Feb 2012
Leaf Number: 18044
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:25 am

Is anyone here planning on going to the National Plugin Day event at the Franklin Institute Sept 23? Have you registered? What are you planning to do there? The web page really isn't specific as to exactly what registration gets you. If I go, should I drive the LEAF or take the train?

I was in that area this past weekend to visit the data center on Locust Street where my company's servers are located. It's a nice 20 mile drive down 611 from Warminster, where I live.

centralpaleaf

New Charger in Jim Thorpe...

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:19 pm

Hello All,

Just wanted to give a quick update for a charger in the Central PA/Lehigh Valley Area. There is now a working Level 2 charger at the following address: 1578 State Route 903, Jim Thorpe, PA. It is just one spot attached to a light pole in the parking lot of an electrical provider called WB Electric. The owners are extremely nice and they are also looking into getting a parking spot in downtown Jim Thorpe complete with solar panel, they are just waiting for the city to tell them which spot they can have. It is a GE charger and is very nice, I used it twice this week while charging. Unfortunately the only thing around at all in this area is a restaurant/bar named 'Dom & Ally's' across the street, and a Shell station across the street as well. The Shell station has a wooden park bench thing in the shade which was nice, but only the restaurant has a public bathroom. There is a pool table in the joint and the food was decent. They are open 7 days a week. The guy who owned the charger at WB Electric said to call them if you need to use it because they don't leave it on all the time. Free. Thanks all, and I've called every Sheetz on the press release last week and none of them know when their chargers are coming and what level they will be unfortunately,......I also read that LCCC has some for students now too, but all level 2s. I also have not heard any word on chargers for the exits on the turnpike like we were promised by the end of 2012.......

gatedad11
Posts: 47
Joined: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:30 am
Delivery Date: 11 Sep 2012

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:36 pm

TPS: I, too, live in Warminster. National Plug In day sounds intriguing, but like you I didn't get much of a sense as to what it would involve, how much fun it would be, etc. Not sure if I could make it anyway, but I was at least thinking about it. BTW, I have not seen a single LEAF in Warminster, aside from those on O'Neill Nissan's lot. Did once see a Cayenne Red being driven on Street Rd, but I assumed it was a potential customer test driving as it was only a few hundred yards fom O'Neill's. Saw a blue Leaf in Doylestown a few weeks ago(and that may also have been a test drive as it was only a few miles from Fred Beans Nissan!). That's the only "sighting" that I have had of any LEAFs in the area. Have seen 3 Volts, consistently, in the Bucks/Montgomery County area.

lwaz12a
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:06 am
Delivery Date: 27 Apr 2012
Leaf Number: 18801
Location: Sellersville, PA

Re: Philadelphia and Southeastern PA

Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:53 pm

Very late in the game, but regarding Plug in Day, pasting Franklin Institute information. I'm from Souderton, PA area and planning to attend. Was thrilled to see a red Leaf behind me a couple of days ago, the first other one I've actually seen on the road since late April 2012, when I got mine! Very pleased with the experience overall, perfect for my lifestyle with no range anxiety with a 17 mile one-way work commute. Good luck to all.

12:00PM-4:00PM - "Ride and Drive" opportunities in many of the popular new production electric cars including the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Miev, Toyota Plug-In Prius, Honda Insight FC, as well as electric motor bikes, scooters, hybrid bicycles, and Segways. Raffles for rides in select limited edition electric vehicles on display including the Tesla Roadster and the Fisker Karma.

12:30PM - Global Warming Science, presented by renowned environmental educator Richard Whiteford.

1:00PM - The Politics of Energy, presented by Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Signing of his new book "A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great" to follow.

2:00PM - City council citation presentation declaring September 23 National Plug In Day in Philadelphia.

3:00PM - "Revenge of the Electric Car" movie screening—a lively and fun documentary about the road we have traveled to get to where we are with electric vehicles today.

12:00PM-4:00PM - Demonstrations of residential and business charging solutions by Ecotality.

12:00PM-4:00PM - The Tesla Science Foundation illustrates the science behind electric vehicles, including a live Tesla coil and wireless power demonstration.

12:00PM-4:00PM
- Information and demonstrations provided by PECO energy, Solar Journey USA, Advanced Solar Industries, Mom's Clean Air Force, Clean Air Council and more!

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