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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:16 am

aqn wrote:I was under the impression that one can order the optional 50 kW DC fast charging ("quick charge") port independently of the trim level. The Nissan LEAF "features" page lists the fast charge port separately, not under one of the "SL model includes SV features plus:" set of bullet points. Are you sure you have to get SL trim to get the fast charge port?
planet4ever wrote:EVDRIVER is right. Regardless of what their goofy website may say, you will find when you actually order that you do not have the QC option available to you if you choose the SV trim.

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Hmmm. Somebody is confused! The Nissan Leaf VIN and Delivery Google spreadsheet shows one SV with QC. I have a PM out to that person verifying his order, that he did order an SV with a QC port.
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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Thu May 05, 2011 7:41 pm

aqn wrote:The Nissan Leaf VIN and Delivery Google spreadsheet shows one SV with QC. I have a PM out to that person verifying his order, that he did order an SV with a QC port.
I heard back from that person. He ordered a SL with a QC port, not a SV.
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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:38 am

I have a similar question to the original poster's, but my context is North Carolina--where there are currently NO Level 3 EVSEs installed anywhere in the state. I've no idea what (if any) plans there are for installing them, but if they are installed using San Diego's ratio (twenty Level 2 EVSEs for every one Level 3 EVSE) there will be VERY few indeed. I understand the pitch for buying "the most advanced/capable technology" and "preparing for the future", but I'm thinking that the Level 3 EVSE future is too distant here in N.C. to make purchasing an SL worthwhile. (For the 2012 SL's, Level 3 Quick Charging capability is standard.) My partner strongly disagrees with me. Any thoughts?

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but unable to agree on SV or SL

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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:50 am

leafingout wrote:I have a similar question to the original poster's, but my context is North Carolina--where there are currently NO Level 3 EVSEs installed anywhere in the state. I've no idea what (if any) plans there are for installing them, but if they are installed using San Diego's ratio (twenty Level 2 EVSEs for every one Level 3 EVSE) there will be VERY few indeed. I understand the pitch for buying "the most advanced/capable technology" and "preparing for the future", but I'm thinking that the Level 3 EVSE future is too distant here in N.C. to make purchasing an SL worthwhile. (For the 2012 SL's, Level 3 Quick Charging capability is standard.) My partner strongly disagrees with me. Any thoughts?

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but unable to agree on SV or SL
Points to consider:

How long do you plan on keeping the LEAF, versus how long you think it'll take for quick-charge stations to become pervasive. If quick-charge stations become common place in your locale in the very near future, LEAF's not having a QC port may be at a disadvantage in resale.

The SAE is proposing a competing quick-charge standard:
http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01 ... -charging/

Whether 120V charging, or 240V charging, is sufficient for your needs.



Me: SV, no QC, charging on 120V only so far. I drive 7500 miles a year, have a commute of 4.5 miles each way; so far, 120V charging works perfect for me.
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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:52 am

TRONZ wrote:It is a hot smoldering place you live (no joke) and the solar roof will be very handy when you pre-cool on a regular basis. I use this AC feature alot more than I thought I would.
This is not true: the solar roof panel does NOT power the A/C (or heater) in the car. I really don't get the obsession with many of SL features, including the QC port. If the main function of the car is strictly "around town" driving (like the original poster indicated), then there should be no need for quick-charging. I chose the SV model based on these same assumptions (and I also live in Texas).
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Re: Which model - SV or SL in Houston TX?

Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:01 am

It depends on your "around town" driving. Here in Dallas-Fort Worth, I live on the south side, I CANNOT make it to the north side and back on one full charge, yet many places are specific to the north side only and my friends and family that are here live on that side. Having a QC port was a must, period. If I lived in a downtown area, I could probably make it to any place and back, but if I was in dallas, I couldn't make it to fort worth and back, etc. It really depends on the size or your "town" area you frequent. I lived in Houston for awhile and visited people many times from my apartment on westheimer to the northeast side up on US 59, it took me an hour of highway driving and I never left the city of Houston!!! The Houston area is BIG and you will never be able to traverse it and back without charging. To me, this qualified the leaf as a "half town car" for those areas

With the town being as large as it is AND with the guarentee that QC stations are coming (and are already built), I see no reason to pass it up. The value would be greater if you didn't if you ever thought about resaling, and unless you are smack dead center in Houston, you wouldn't be able to make it certain places because the Houston area is too big.
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