We displayed our experimental Rapid-Charger, also known as
"mini-QC", with two versions of the Jolomo 3D Printed QC Plug.
For some, it was their first experience ever seeing an object
that was "manufactured" using the process of depositing
melted plastic in a 3-Dimensional space (essentially
a tiny, precision hot-glue gun) .
For others, it was the realization that faster charging is
just around the corner, works now, and an easily-portable
unit would be both very helpful, and practical.
The RC has successfully charged 4 different LEAFs.
Unfortunately, there was no place to power it there
(a simple 240v 50-amp circuit would be adequate) .
Dori's OpenEVSE attracted a lot of attention, though more
"Can I buy one?" and almost no "I want to build one!"
type of comments.
The 240v/120v modified EVSE also attracted attention, more
because of the pigtail attachments than the unit itself.
A few display cases, better arrangement of objects within the case,
and groups of good signs would answer many questions, and
make it harder for smaller objects to wander off.
Of great interest was the LEAF Spy Android App. Seeing its
demo data (the last captured real data) was a big hit.
Many were familiar with Android Smartphones but few
knew of the ELM327-type clone devices. Again, more effective
signage and pictures indicating the function and usefulness
of the various parts of the screens, in a display, would have
been very effective.
It is difficult, in a short time, to explain why the LEAF's
gauges are... not very useful without more information,
and tend to hide more than they reveal.
A number of people wanted to meet with us at a Gathering,
and Allen's nicely prepared lists of links were Very Helpful.
Because we had a nice location, in the shade, and we managed
to move to stay in the shade, I was quite comfortable, but
I was very sore when I got home... but smiling.
Many thanks for the approximately 8 minutes of QC that
allowed me to get back home on the 83 mile trip, which
started "full", at about 86% GIDs.
Also, thanks to all who organized, helped, offered to help,
visited, and encouraged. Overall the location was great,
and the Chancellor's Office was splendid to let us meet there.
I believe that the event was enjoyed by many,
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2010 Prius, now for sale
2011 LEAF, sold in 2015
2018 Tesla Model 3
2014 Tesla S, Model 3 in 2019
Solar PV: 33 x 225W -> 7 kW max AC
To Sell: X-treme 5000Li EV motorcycle