Sorry it turned out more formal than can be imagined. I guess I had two hours to wait for a boost charge and used too much of it writing the not so important events (it looked important TO ME at 10 am), but Less important nowt. If it has some value so be it, if not then I apologize. I was concerned for a future direction at dealership to make the ports not accessible during business hours, or hog the stations with a couple of their already charged LEAFs Imagine you are at 2 pm on a workday, where it is unthinkable to block a busy access route and you arrive with your AIT (almost-in-turtle) LEAF with very little charge left at a dealership expecting a rescue 10-20 mile boost charge and find out you are not able to connect without blocking traffic. This is what made me start typing.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
Date and time: Sunday 19Jun2011@10:18
Location: Dirito Brothers of Concord, 1290 Concord Avenue, Concord, CA 94520
Set-up and Problem Issues:
The two-charger L2 unit is placed just to the right of the entry/exit access to the service bay at the white line between two parking spots that would be available to charge vehicles, with a yellow painted eight-inch-high curb to the right and a solid yellow line painted on the pavement to the left marking the left side of the parking spot to the left.
A blue LEAF with a window sticker on the right rear window marked "DEMO" (vin # JN1AZ0CP0BT002466) is parked astride the white line separating the two parking spots available for charge seeking visiting LEAF users/owners. To the left of the Dealer-demo blue LEAF is a movable orange plastic pillar (the type used to mark a parking spot as unavailabe) filling the space between parked dealer-demo car and the yellow pavement marking line. The dealer-demo vehicle is plugged with the power chord/plug coming from the left unit. This very same exact setting was already in place the night before( Saturday 18Jun2011@2234) when I was checking for L2 port availability in planning for my Sunday trip from Vacaville to San Jose. Although this dealership is closed on Sunday some people were walking into it at 10 am. I asked if they work for the dealer and one of them said "yes". I said it would be a good thing to tell the people in charge of the demo car blocking both available chargers parking spots. She replied "I have nothing to do with that" with a pleasant smile on her face.
It is curious that: at Dirito Brothers Nissan of Walnut Creek, 1890 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; when I was checking access to chargers at dealers the night before (18Jun2011@2145) the exact same issues were there too. The chargers are just to the right of a closed gate, which is an active used access to and from service area, with the dealer LEAF demo vehicle blocking both availabe parking spots.
I am not certain if these hurdles are permitted or explicitly barred in the Dealer-Nissan USA agreement. However, these obstructive practices are problematic. If these dealers left a donation box, I would have been willing to deposit some cash for "fair electricity cost" plus a small tip. Instead they had me write this statement of fact and lose trust in their fairness.
Al m. Elsayed
Written in the City of Concord on 18 June 2011
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