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Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:12 pm
by DNAinaGoodWay
Just signed up for the Greenlots network. Interesting app, you can activate the station by scanning a QR code or inputting the station ID, no RFID cards. Payment can be set up like Chargepoint, or as pay-as-you-go.

Fees can be set up as per min, so prorating should work.

The map portion of the app is fairly useless compared to PS.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:24 pm
by NYLEAF
Yes, GreenLots has an awful map because you can't filter by plug type, and even if you could, all of the U-GO DCQCs are set up incorrectly. They all state they are "240 AC" stations under Type, and then the description says Level 3.

As far as what the hotel can do to make the QC a success...

First, they must ensure the signage is adequate. The best option is signage that clearly states the spots in front of the QC and Level 2 stations are for Electric Vehicles ONLY While Charging, all others TOWED at owners expense. In addition, the lines should be repainted green. The "Electric Vehicle Charging Station" signs that list no parking restrictions are not adequate.

Second, they should ensure that all of the hotel's maintenance employees, even the ones that work overnight, are trained on how to reset power to the QC from the breaker. If there are filters that require regular cleaning, they must be trained on that, too. The front desk staff should be trained to call a maintenance employee if a driver comes inside to ask for help in the event of the QC malfunctioning. The worst thing a driver can encounter (after being ICEd) is a broken QC that they are relying on.

Finally, they should post a sign on or near the QC inviting customers to come inside and use the restaurant/lobby/bathrooms/whatever, but remind them to move their vehicles when charging completes to avoid being towed. Maybe they would consider offering a discount in the restaurant to those who mention they used the QC?

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:50 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
Two new QCs in CT, marked coming soon, both on Rt. 1, so not far off 95, around West Haven and Fairfield, see PlugShare.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:14 am
by charge
DNAinaGoodWay wrote:Two new QCs in CT, marked coming soon, both on Rt. 1, so not far off 95, around West Haven and Fairfield, see PlugShare.
Look like another new one in Darien as well (good wives plaza)

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:33 am
by NYLEAF
I know it's not technically New England, but a whole bunch showed up in Westchester County, NY at the same time as the ones in CT. I believe that all of these shopping centers are owned by the same company, http://www.ubproperties.com/properties.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. They've had one listed on PlugShare for months in Stamford. I went to visit it a couple months ago and it was still wrapped up in black plastic, not working. I e-mailed them the other day to see what their plans are, no response so far. It seems they are installing stations made by Efacec, which I've only ever seen used by the now-defunct 350Green in the Chicago area, as well as one they had at the Stanford Shopping Center in CA that was removed and replaced by a Nissan unit. Those stations in Chicago no longer work -- I wonder if we are getting the ones that were removed from Chicago?

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:45 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
Wow! I just noticed those too, a whole mess of 'em! Getting to NYC is getting easier all the time.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:47 am
by DNAinaGoodWay
MA DPU has issued a final order allowing stations to set per kWh fees, but they're going to hold a technical conference on TOU rates and sub-metering and potential grid impacts.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:03 pm
by DNAinaGoodWay
New QC posted on Plugshare in Middlebury VT, a Signet unit with both CHAdeMO and Frankenplug.

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:21 am
by Mottyski82
[quote][/quote]New QC posted on Plugshare in Middlebury VT, a Signet unit with both CHAdeMO and Frankenplug.[quote][/quote]

Yeah, the CHAdeMO there was "down" (surprise, surprise) for a while. I was apparently the first and only person who called in to Green Mountain Power to let them know it was non-operational. They got Signet to update the firmware within a week after my notification, but it had been "down" a while before I came to use it. Someone had posted the station being down on plugshare, which is a good first step, but I figured it would have been fixed since then... So yeah... If any of us get to a CHAdeMO especially, and it is non-operational / showing an error, it is essential that we notify the station owners right away. They are not being proactive about making sure they are working right. It's up to us!

Re: New England Leafs?

Posted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 5:22 pm
by DNAinaGoodWay
Norwood MA now has two QCs as Hampton Inn's 25 kW unit is now open, also $6/hr like the Comfort Inn in Revere, and also on the Greenlots Network. Just up the road from the Nissan dealer.