Metalman
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Central PA EV news

Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:46 pm

I figured I would start a thread to post EV news in central PA. I'm in Sunbury and AFAIK bought the second Leaf sold from Alexander's in Williamsport. I got my car near the end of April. The first one went to a member on here from Danville.

The first big news item is that we now have a free public charger at Knoebels Amusement Resort.
http://www.knoebels.com/index.php
Here's the article from the local paper.
http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x1483831 ... the-people

I'm going to try to get out there tomorrow to check it out. :D

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Re: Central PA EV news

Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:17 pm

You're also supposed to be getting some of the first Level 3 DC fast chargers in the mid-Atlantic (East of the longitude of Toronto, actually), at select Sheetz stores. See the press release at http://sheetz.com/main/news/release_details.cfm?rid=421" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I've phones each of these locations, and some of them are aware that they're supposed be getting DC fast charging (I just referred to "chargers for electric cars" on the phone), but no ground has been broken.

The press release has a map of the locations: http://ow.ly/6Jd8q" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I am eagerly awaiting these guys, so I can drive up from the Washington DC area and commission my 480V port! The DC area has yet to see it's first Chademo DC fast charger. So far, the only publically available DC fast charge in our nation's capital is for Teslas only at 1100 New York Ave. NW (see plugshare and 222.freejuicebar.com).
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Metalman
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Re: Central PA EV news

Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:25 pm

I haven't heard anything on the Sheetz chargers other than the original press release. They should be mostly within range for me.

I got out to Knoebels tonight and tried out the charger. It's there and it's free. I wasn't able to talk to anybody about so I don't know if they intend on it being available 24/7 or during the off season.
When you come into the park the road turns to the left and the bumper boats are to your right followed by a few pavilions. You have to go up the road a bit to enter the lot. The charger is on the corner of the first row of parking near the pavilions you would have just passed.

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I printed the protocol card for on the dash while I'm charging in case someone else shows up.
http://www.evchargernews.com/chargingprotocol.htm

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Re: Central PA EV news

Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:08 pm

Metalman wrote:I figured I would start a thread to post EV news in central PA. I'm in Sunbury and AFAIK bought the second Leaf sold from Alexander's in Williamsport. I got my car near the end of April. The first one went to a member on here from Danville.
Apologize for the off topic comment, but such a small world. I was born in Williamsport and lived in Danville from about 1935 through 1950. Well remember Knoebels, and back then, a trip to Sunbury was an adventure.

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centralpaleaf

Re: Central PA EV news

Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:17 am

Thanks for the message! I stopped checking the forum for a while because I backed my Leaf into another car in my driveway and it's been gone in the shop for almost two months. Just got it back last night, so this Knobels charger thing is awesome! We were just there the other day, but I didn't know it was there. I've also been wondering about the Sheetz locations, cause I did call each one last month and none of them were done yet, so yes this is all positive news. I did notice though that the Nissan dealer right off of 180 across from the Lycoming Mall had Level 2 chargers but attached to them is a padlock on the electrical box and are unusable (I guess you have to call ahead for that). So anyway, welcome everyone to the board! We also were in Hilton Head Island in SC and saw one leaf there, such a perfect location for one if you live/work near the island if you can't bike it.

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Re: Central PA EV news

Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:52 pm

I took the Leaf out to the wind farm at Aristes to get some pictures on Sunday. I stopped by Knoebels on the way. The lot was full, but the charger was open. I pulled right up front, got a little charge and something to eat and was probably gone before the people that had to park at the back of the lot got in the park.
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Re: Central PA EV news

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:18 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.......I will post this on the other PA website as well.

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Re: Central PA EV news

Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:05 pm

I was just checking out plugshare to see if anything new popped up. I noticed an Exxon station supposedly has 2 free level 2 chargers. This is the info from plug share.

Exxon - Lehigh Gas Station & Convenience Store
EV Plug
Address
4361 N Front St Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone
(717) 238-0136
Description
Available Hours: 24/7 Use: 2 chargers, public use & free of charge Charge Station Type: ~240V Level 2: SAE J1772 (new standard, high voltage)

Has anyone used this?


Of course there is a Nissan dealer close by, but if they're like the rest of the dealers they have their chargers locked.

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Re: Central PA EV news

Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:24 am

I noticed this post a few weeks ago, and as the Front Street Exxon is only about 5 miles from my work I thought I would scout it out. I'm thinking about getting something that plugs in, but currently drive a Ford Crown Vic so I was not able to test.

There are two EATON units. At the time of my visit at 1:30 PM on a Wednesday one spot was ICED. However that unit looked like it might not be functional as it's blue light was not on. The unit that is possibly functional was not ICED, but in using it one would have blocked the car that was in the first spot.

The units are on the side of the mini mart / Exxon station. I inquired with the staff in side. They were friendly but seemed to not know much about the units. As far as the clerk I spoke with knew, they were free. She said that she had someone charging on them a weekend or two ago, but that is the only time that she knew it was used. The clerk also said that there are some additional units downtown (Harrisburg)

In the area there is a nice view of the river that would be a nice place to take a break while charging. Additionally there is a McDonalds and a few other establishments near by.

I will post pictures this evening.

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Re: Central PA EV news

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:49 am

I also checked out the chargers on Front Street in Harrisburg a few weeks ago. They were on and available, I didn't try them out because I had the diesel car.

My brother just picked up a red 12 Leaf. That makes three in the general area that I know of.
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