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Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:55 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
Not that I know of. I got it from Linda herself. They won't be ready to announce until they nail down the details. She knows this forum, and my alias here, but you can tell her Jerome posted it and that'll ring a bell, I pester her often enough. She did give me permission to publish her email BTW.

I haven't heard back from Comfort Inn. If it's usable, it'll be as good as one at Logan, the more the merrier.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:37 pm
by markbb99
I was looking a plugshare and there are now 5 DC quick charge station in Burlington ,VT area.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:13 pm
by DNAinaGoodWay
markbb99 wrote:I was looking a plugshare and there are now 5 DC quick charge station in Burlington ,VT area.
Wow! Two more since yesterday! Both garages.

QC at Inn in Revere won't be completed for two more weeks, don't know about availability or cost yet. They also plan to soon add L2 and QC at their Inn in Norwood MA.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:31 pm
by NYLEAF
DNAinaGoodWay wrote:New CHAdeMO just listed on PlugShare in Revere, close to Revere Beach and Logan, at a Comfort Inn. Needs confirmation, but nice location.
I suspect that this station is one of the 10 currently being rolled out by Philadelphia-based U-GO Stations (http://www.ugostations.com/). They've had a single ABB 50kW CHAdeMO station in Mt. Laurel, NJ for the past 8 months or so, and they're now in the process of installing 10 more stations. They've so far officially announced three of the locations via their Facebook page, two at Holiday Inns in Northern NJ (one 20kW, the other 50kW) and another at a gas station/car wash in Philadelphia (20 kW).

I suspect the station in Revere, MA is one of theirs because it was listed on PlugShare at the same time (and in the same format) as two stations in Central NJ, one at a Holiday Inn, the other at a Holiday Inn Express. They seem to like installing their stations at hotels adjacent to major highways, which makes it seem likely that all these stations are theirs. They did say on Facebook that the Boston metro area, along with NY, Philly and Baltimore are all part of their future plans.

To get an idea of their pricing, their unit at a hotel in Mt. Laurel, NJ is on the GreenLots network for $7/hr, not prorated by the minute, meaning it's essentially $7 per session.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:49 pm
by WHITELEAFLINY
NYLEAF is there any reason why there are no quick charges
on long island and metro area,except for the one in flushing
and the ones for the taxis?

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:58 pm
by NYLEAF
WHITELEAFLINY wrote:NYLEAF is there any reason why there are no quick charges
on long island and metro area,except for the one in flushing
and the ones for the taxis?
Yeah. They're really expensive to buy, install and maintain, and there aren't a lot of cars around here that can use them. It's a classic "chicken or egg" problem. No one wants to install the stations until there's a lot of cars that can use them (guaranteeing that they'll be able to at least break even on the whole thing). At the same time, people are reluctant to buy the cars until they see stations being installed in places they frequent.

More specifically to our area, PSEG-LI and ConEd charge very large demand fees (similar to those seen out in CA), meaning that powerful Quick Chargers could incur monthly utility costs in the thousands, even if only used once or twice in the month!

The good news, however, is that eVgo is planning on expanding to the NYC area later this year. They'll almost certainly have at least a couple stations on LI -- hopefully many more! There's also the Nissan dealers, hopefully they'll start to install them, too. The ones for the taxis are open to the public, btw -- you just have to call AeroVironment and get a key fob, which is very expensive, unfortunately.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:14 pm
by WHITELEAFLINY
i guess we will just have to wait.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:48 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
Thanks for the info, NYLEAF, I'll ask the hotel manager that, he's replied once and seems very excited about QC and EVs.

Is there no movement in NY to change DPU rules on demand charges to accomodate QCs?

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 10:49 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
NYLEAF, your research is spot on. Per Scot Hopps, director of sustainability at Comfort Inn, they are indeed U-Go installs. No pricing set yet. I've invited Scot to join us and get his questions answered by more than me.

Jerome

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:36 pm
by DNAinaGoodWay
Here's what Scot is thinking:

Good morning Jerome,
 
Joe passed along your note about our EV station. You are indeed correct, we’re working with U-GO for the stations at Comfort Inn in Revere, and they are also installing two stations at our property in Norwood, MA, a Hampton Inn.
 
We don’t yet have the details on how they will charge – I know in Massachusetts you cannot charge by kWh, so it is either and hourly or a per use charge. Do you have a suggestion as to how to charge so that people only use what they need and don’t block the spot unnecessarily?  I’d love to be able to suggest that.
 
Rumor has it (from my electrician) that our level 3 unit is being commissioned today. We are also getting a level 2 unit, but it is not installed yet.
 
Can I ask, anything you’ve noticed as an EV owner that we should be thinking about? If you were to come to a hotel or a restaurant, what would you find most accommodating or most annoying? I want to make sure we make this a success!
 
Thanks,

Scot
 
Scot Hopps | Director of Sustainability
Saunders Hotel Group | 61 Exeter Street | Boston, MA 02116
(P) 617-421-4918| shopps@saundershotelgroup.net