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Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:22 am
by Frank
I understand that the Leaf has its own web portal that can communicate with the owner's PC or compatible smartphone (although I'm not clear exactly what OS the Smartphone needs to be using). I believe that this communication uses a cellular data network. The home charger also seems to have a web portal that also can communicate with compatible smartphones. It appears that the web portal in the charger communicates via the home's wi-fi (one of the questions on the home charger questionnaire asked if the home has wi-fi). Do these two web portals provide redundant features/services, or do they each provide different information to the owner?

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:45 am
by garygid
The car "talks" to the owner.

The "standard" Nissan-branded home EVSE (by AV) will (most likely) not data-connect to anything.

The "home" eTec EVSE (being used in the EVProject test) will require Internet access for the duration of the testing (about 2 years), it seems.

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 8:53 am
by JasonT
In the demo of the EVProject web portal, you can see charging status, and you can set charging time. The Leaf portal/app I believe will let you do the that, and also remotely turn on AC/heater.

The EVProject one gives you data about historical charging info. No idea if the Leaf one will do that.

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:11 am
by garygid
I would like to be able to set the end-of-charge at a time, "tank" full, or N% of full.

If I only need 45% of "full" to get my errands done and get home, I would like to be able to set that percentage in the vehicle, before I start the L3 Quick-Charge.

Apparently there is no exterior indicator (other than 3 lights) of how full the e-tank is. Also, I do not want to be required to be "tied" to the car while it is charging.

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 9:22 am
by Frank
I'm assuming that both the eTec EVSE and Leaf web portals can be accessed from an Internet connected PC. But has anyone seen what compatible smartphones are needed to access these two web portals? The eTec questionnaire had a question about what brand of smartphone that you have so it seems that they may not support all smartphones. I can't remember what brands were listed on the questionnaire but I know if did list specific smartphones. But for the Leaf web portal, I don't think I have seen any specifics on what type of smartphone you will need to access the Leaf's web portal. Having two separate web portals seems to be a bit confusing, especially if both web portals are not accessible from the same smartphone (e.g. iPhone needed for the EVSE and Blackberry needed for the Leaf).

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 11:26 am
by DeaneG
I read that it's an "any web browser" type of interface. In that case, we'd need just a standard site and a mobile site.

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:00 pm
by Frank
DeaneG wrote:I read that it's an "any web browser" type of interface. In that case, we'd need just a standard site and a mobile site.
Oh, that would work. But didn't they say something about a mobile app and that is why eTec asked about specific model smartphones?

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:08 pm
by DeaneG
Maybe they are planning on both a mobile web site and an app? I hope so!

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:40 pm
by mitch672
I would have to believe they would support the iPhone, and most likely the android, as just those 2 covers at least %90 of the market.

There alread is an iPhone application out for the "ChargePoint Network", I already have my account, and the iPhone application running... I can see chargers in all different parts of the country, with only 1 near me :(

Re: Differences between Home Charger and Leaf Web Portals

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 1:10 pm
by LEAFer
Hard to believe, maybe ... and don't start throwing "things" at me ... but even though I may be strongly interested in becoming a "LEAFer" ... I am not too keen on giving away a lot of $$$ to cell phone companies gouging consumers. Case in point ... my cell phone is 7+ years old, does not have bluetooth, still has analog (where needed), and I don't pay for any data packages.

So ... I would be interested in simple text messaging from the car to tell me "I'm full". And allowing me to text a "start heat" or "start ac" to it. I'd like to avoid the requirement of a smart phone.

Any one else in (my) camp ?