I sent Rich Rudman an email, asking about his plans for the Leaf, I am enclosing the email and his response as well, from the sound of it, we will need a west coast volunteer to assist with development, as he won't be buying a Leaf right away.
> Mr. Rudman,
> I have discovered your website, and the various DC chargers you have
> available, and I was wondering if you where planning on making or
> adapting one of your models for the upcoming Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is
> only comming with a 3.3KW onboard charger, that is accessed with the
> J-1772 EVSE equipment, that Nissan is trying to sell the Leaf owners
> for $2200 installed. I think a “real” DC charger, such as the PFC-50
> that can put out 12KW if you have 240V AC/50AMPs available is a much
> better value for your $3300 asking price. Of course it will need an
> interface cord/connector for the Leaf, and also probably an interface
> “box” or module to talk between the Leafs onboard BMS and the charger…
> But I think you and your company could come up with that, and it could
> be a great product for you. Nissan already has over 8,000 preorders
> worldwide for the Leaf, and it could be a very large market for you,
> it is certainly a much better value than the overpriced EVSE that
> Nissan is attempting to push out to the public, which will take over 8
> hours to charge the Leafs 24KW battery pack @ 3.3KW.
> I thought I would call your attention to this, although I am fairly
> certain you are probably already “on the case”
> I look forward to hearing about your plans, and what you might be
> coming out with for the Nissan Leaf.
> Future RED SL Nissan Leaf owner
> Boston, MA
> P.S. We have a Nissan Leaf forum, some of these issues are being
> discussed on:
> http://www.mynissanleaf.com/search.php? ... ive_topics
Here is his reply
Yes I am looking at using out chargers for the leaf. At the moment I was just working on a 40Kw 3 phase fleet level charger, but the PFC50/75 would also be a good fit.
What I need to know is what it takes to use the DC interface feature on the Leaf. I have lots of questions, but I can see a 1000s customer base from here also.
The question is how do I do it, and can I keep it cheap, and my profit high.
Any information on the DC interface would be nice to see.
Please tell the forum that we intend to make as much gear as we can for the Leaf, Bigger chargers bigger battery packs, CAN scanners for viewing what ever is needed in the Leaf.
I was thinking it would be a good idea for Manzanita Micro to get a Leaf, but I over loaded on the Hybrids that I am still paying off.
Let me know what you folks want, I will make it if I can.