Valdemar
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:23 am

Yeah, there are quite a few reports on Plugshare about chargers overheating, and it is not even summer yet. I don't remember such widespread issues last summer. I did see the vent on the bottom left clogged with dirt in several places, wondering if this has any role. After all the fans seem to be on 24/7 sucking dirty air in constantly, so I wouldn't be surprised if it is just a matter of keeping the equipment clean.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
51.1AHr, SOH 80%, 150k miles

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mbender
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:39 am

91040 wrote:At eleven days shy of 3 years and 60 miles short of 71k, I am not past the adventure stage.
:) I'm only at 18 months/16k, but am also trying to stay "forever young". LOL
I think I just felt my paradigm shift.

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abasile
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Mon May 05, 2014 4:35 pm

Yesterday we had plans to be in Claremont and Pasadena, and drove the LEAF 161 miles in total. Thanks to the availability of L2 charging at our destinations, we didn't have to actually wait for a charge until we reached the QC at the 7 Eleven in San Bernardino. This was the only available QC in the area, as according to PlugShare, all three Nissan dealers' (Fontana, San Bernardino, Metro in Redlands) QC units aren't currently available!

We were thus taking a chance on a single point of failure, as the alternative would have been 3+ hours of L2 (at 3.3 kW). Even so, after I selected "100%" on the Blink, it once again stopped upon reaching 90% indicated, at 66% in GIDs which is a little below our car's "80%". After some L2 charging (and shopping) at the Redlands Walmart, we were good to go for our 4900' climb back to our mountain home.

The moral of the story is, if you're willing to take chances on a single QC working (I am thankful that the land developer had it installed), then it's still feasible to QC and then drive into the San Bernardino Mountains. With a newer LEAF, the "90%" charge might be adequate by itself, with no additional L2.
2011 LEAF at 71K miles, pre-owned 2012 Tesla S 85 at 98K miles
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timhebb
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:14 pm

The DC QC is now operational and open to the public at LADWP's substation at Riverside Drive and Hazeltine in Sherman Oaks. It is located off the alleyway behind the station building, accessible 24 hours/7 days. Bloomingdales signage across Riverside Dr. is clearly visible from this spot, and in fact mall restrooms are convenient and can be accessed within a 10-minute walk, even going the long way around to Bloomingdales entrance (but a back exit from the restrooms opens onto Riverside Dr., a much shorter walk). Trader Joe's and a Chase Bank branch are even closer, directly across Hazeltine from the DWP substation. Not that I encourage leaving your vehicle while fast charging, but if you park to accommodate other vehicles, allowing them to access the QC, a brief visit to the restroom or TJ's would do no harm.
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mwalsh
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:13 pm

timhebb wrote: Not that I encourage leaving your vehicle while fast charging, but if you park to accommodate other vehicles, allowing them to access the QC, a brief visit to the restroom or TJ's would do no harm.

Would still be good to leave a note. I have one that I clip to the charge port latch that says I'll be right back, yet still has my mobile number on it.
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Valdemar
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:15 pm

EvGO will start billing for their subscription plans in July because "Los Angeles now has 15 Freedom Station® sites". This is bogus because they are counting the ones in Ventura county and Palm Springs. The web-site says "you won’t be billed a monthly fee or variable usage fees until there are at least 15 Freedom Station® sites in the Los Angeles Basin". According to Wikipedia at least half of the stations they deployed are not in the LA Basin. Anyone else senses false advertisement?

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'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
51.1AHr, SOH 80%, 150k miles

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KeiJidosha
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:28 pm

Valdemar wrote:EvGO will start billing for their subscription plans in July because "Los Angeles now has 15 Freedom Station® sites". This is bogus because they are counting the ones in Ventura county and Palm Springs...
14 of the sites are within 60 miles of downtown LA. Cabazon site is usefully placed on the way to Palm Springs with Corona/Chino/San Bernardino sites on the 91/60/10 freeways providing DCQC < 50 miles apart. If technically wrong, do they get credit for useful placement at desirable locations?
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Valdemar
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 5:41 pm

They do. Although I wish they installed a site close to the 118/405 intersection instead of one of the somewhat redundant Tarzana/Woodland Hills locations.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB), -1CB(53.92Ahr)@140k/29mo,
51.1AHr, SOH 80%, 150k miles

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KeiJidosha
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:59 pm

Valdemar wrote:They do. Although I wish they installed a site close to the 118/405 intersection instead of one of the somewhat redundant Tarzana/Woodland Hills locations.
Yes, the 5/405/118 Bermuda triangle of no charging is an obvious spot (Coco's on Sepulveda at the 118?). Roxford off the 5 would also be a good crossroad near 5/405/118/210/14 and help those going over the hill to Palmdale or Bakersfield. But because eVgo likes mall locations, I expect one to end up in Valencia at Magic Mountain Parkway first.
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timhebb
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Re: Quick Charge L3 in LA, San Bernardino, Riverside Counti

Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:02 pm

Hats off to LADWP for installing a QC at their 1394 S. Sepulveda Blvd. substation in Westwood.

As I wrote on PlugShare: "Superb location: Westwood, but not in the highest-density traffic area, rather on nearby Sepulveda Blvd. with relatively easy access and entry. Also convenient access to and from the nearby 405 fwy. 24-hour access. Almost makes up for DWP's epic fail installing an identical CHAdeMo unit in a restricted-access underground parking garage at UCLA a mile or so away (probably flooded in last summer's notorious broken water main incident). Thanks, DWP! Hope this is a harbinger of your EV charging station project's future."

Perhaps DWP has learned something from the disastrous results of their EV charging collaborations with educational institutions UCLA (see above) and USC, where a CHAdeMo unit is installed on the premises of a parking facility where ONLY USC-permitted vehicles are allowed. Furthermore (having driven my Leaf there, violating the prohibition to satisfy my curiosity) the damn thing is by default switched OFF, rendering it not only inaccessible to the general public but also effectively out of order even for those who can get to it! WTF?!

In these days of EVGo usurping control of most Nissan dealership QC's, the few fee-free DWP CHAdeMo chargers sprinkled around town are even more welcomed and appreciated. Keep 'em coming, DWP!
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