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Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:48 pm
by GaslessInSeattle
Simeon, I can imagine being frustrated by this situation, i can get very angry when i feel slighted and on the other hand planning to charge every day at any particular dealer is a lot to ask. Rather than spending a lot of energy trying to get back at them, i agree with others on this one, probably best to find a way to plug in at work using the charging chord that came with the car. With even just a few hours L1 charging you'll have comfortable breathing room. Probably even more realistic to plug it in all day so you can do the occasional unexpected side errand.
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Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:21 pm
by garygid
Too bad the dealers did not work out the access control before
installing the AV EVSEs.

If they were using a card-access controlled EVSE, perhaps one like the
ChargePoint EVSEs, the dealer could probably better handle access
control and even charge money for usage or sell a "patron" subscription.

Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:06 am
by simeon
For now problem is solved since wife is able to trickle charge at work. Wife was mainly upset since they would not let her charge for a short time even when the stations were not in use.

Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:32 am
by ERG4ALL
I have an idea. When we went to use a charging station outside of a Bookman's book store, the charging station was blocked by an ICE. What would be neat is if at charging stations they put a fence around the charger much like you see in parking lots for grocery carts to be stored before they're wheeled back inside. Then put a gate on it that an RFID card would unlock. The cards would need to be controlled, perhaps when you pick up your EV you get issued one. That still would not preclude someone with multiple cars, one of which is an EV, from using the space but I think those that have EVs as second cars would be less likely to do so.

Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:55 am
by garygid
A LOT less expensive is to PROPERLY post usage-restrictions, along with the towing-recovery phone number.

And, start towing!

Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 6:52 pm
by rborba
I propose an adapter to connect the L2 charger to the parked car chassis, giving it a really big jolt of static electricity that gets discharged when the ICE owner tries to open the door. :twisted:

Re: Charger blocked ?

Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:59 pm
by simeon
It turns out the best solution is to use the Coulomb charger in the parking garage one block away, much better to pay $.50 per hour than deal with the local Nissan dealer to get $.05 of electricity.