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?
Ordering ability opened 7/25/2011
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.