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Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

I have the original Nissan Leaf and currently get about 50-60 miles per charge (depending if I drive 50 mph or 65 mph). This barely gets me back and forth to work. However, during the (NY) winter the range drops about 20% and it cuts things REALLY close.
The company that I work for doesn't have a charging station, but was thinking of buying an electric generator to put IN the backseat of the car, and while I'm working open the window part way and connect it to the car charger port to charge. As adding 10 miles of charge would relieve A LOT of range anxiety, and if I can add more perhaps even allow me to put on the heat during my commute

for example this generator: https://us.ecoflow.com/products/delta-2 ... -station-1

What could I reasonably expect?
Any other concerns to consider?

TIA
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

Have you heard of Rube Goldberg? That's what your proposal reminds me of.
Your problem can only be solved by adding range to your car; it will only get worse as time goes on (and the battery degrades further).
Separately, those EcoFlow generators are nice, and I intend to get one (for my house) when we move. You can put the amount you would spend on the EcoFlow (with a decent amount of capacity) towards a battery pack upgrade for your car.
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

My car (very first model) cannot be upgraded. Currently new car prices are too high.
So if spending $1,000 can add enough miles for my commute I'm happy (if it extends the life of my car another 2-3 years then even better)
guess I want to know what size generator I need
and if any other concerns
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

The specs are a bit suspect. 1200 watts AC charging, but only about 3A DC charging????
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

Ithat eco flow is rated at measly 1 kWh. Fully charged expect to get an additional 2-3 miles of range.
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

Flyct wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 8:55 am Ithat eco flow is rated at measly 1 kWh. Fully charged expect to get an additional 2-3 miles of range.
If I buy their Delta Max + 2 additional batteries (total = 6kWhr)
How much additional miles would that add to my Leaf when charging for 6 hours?
Total cost would be approx $3k (not cheap, but worth still cheaper than overpaying for a new car, and I can use this for the house during power outages, and/or sell it when I buy a new card
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

cgott42 wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:09 am I have the original Nissan Leaf and currently get about 50-60 miles per charge (depending if I drive 50 mph or 65 mph). This barely gets me back and forth to work. However, during the (NY) winter the range drops about 20% and it cuts things REALLY close.
The company that I work for doesn't have a charging station, but was thinking of buying an electric generator to put IN the backseat of the car, and while I'm working open the window part way and connect it to the car charger port to charge. As adding 10 miles of charge would relieve A LOT of range anxiety, and if I can add more perhaps even allow me to put on the heat during my commute

for example this generator: https://us.ecoflow.com/products/delta-2 ... -station-1

What could I reasonably expect?
Any other concerns to consider?

TIA
They may not have a charging station, but do they have a 120V outlet? That's about the same amount of power that the ecoflow is going to provide.
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

cgott42 wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:09 am for example this generator: https://us.ecoflow.com/products/delta-2 ... -station-1

TIA
Another idea, just use the ecoflow to run a heater in the Leaf instead and that will save you on the heating penalty to keep your range consistent.
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

knightmb wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:52 am They may not have a charging station, but do they have a 120V outlet? That's about the same amount of power that the generator is going to provide, minus all the noise, gas, and setup fees. :)
Not that I can use - plus parking is far from the building
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Re: Using an electric generator to recharge during work hours

knightmb wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:54 am Another idea, just use the ecoflow to run a heater in the Leaf instead and that will save you on the heating penalty to keep your range consistent.
Interesting idea. However if this is feasible, I'd like to add range to remove the range anxiety even during the summer months and allow me to drive 60-65 instead of 50mph

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