Archive for May, 2012


Metro Nashville EV / LEAF owners Meet-Up June 16th 2012

All EV owners and enthusiasts are welcome to come join us for our June 16th 2012 LEAF & EV owners meet-up in EAST Nashville at hour host “Integrated Solar” who has 3 L2 blink chargers in the back parking lot, will be offering an additional treat. Come early, we should be able to get started hopefully by 12:00 PM (noon), and so far an open end. The back parking lot is accessible via Stratton Ave.

Address: 521 Gallatin Ave. Suite 8, Nashville TN 37206

3 L2 BLINK chargers in the back parking lot

3 L2 BLINK chargers in the back parking lot

Advertisements

image

The first picture taking after plugging in the DC fast charger cable to the LEAF high speed DC fast charging socket, and depress of the “blue” – instead of “GREEN” on button on the DC fast charger.

image

10 minutes later snap shot of the DC fast charger progress screen showing wrongly the word “Rate” oppose to “SOC” or “progress” – the charge level at this point is in relation to the target SOC setting in the car, so if the charge timer is set to 80% then it calculates it to be 74% of 80% (charge timer setting).

image

15 minutes later this snap shot shows an 83% of SOC in relation to the 80% charge timer setting in the LEAF on-board charge timer.

image

Finally the LEAF side charger told the Nissan DC fast charger that the target 80% charging is reached, and signaled a “Charge complete” state to the DC fast charger, commencing the stop charging process, with the above feed back in the display it took a total of 19 minutes and 28s to charge to 80% from 44% using the Nissan new DC fast charger installed at Nissan Head Quarters in Franklin, TN

image

Today I sat down in the car to check on a navigation destination, and also decided to set the 2nd charge timer for this weekend, since we are planning a little trip in the “green”. I notice that the GOM (guess O meter) on the Nissan LEAF batter displayed 9 bars – instead of 10 after it charged last night to 80% w. the timer.

image

So I pushed the button to power the car off, and sure enough the BLINK switched power to the car, and the 3rd blue LED on the dash began to blink.

image

after about 4 minutes I get a SMS from Carwings, that the car finished charging, so I pushed the power button back on in the car and the GOM showed all 10 bars (80%) charging.

image

This is the first time I saw it do that, since I have not charged in the past to 80% much, and just recently few days ago decided to try the 80% charging again.

image

image

image

Today was the first time since I got my Nissan LEAF almost 1 year ago, that I could not get an open charge spot at Whole Foods Market in Franklin, TN. Both GE chargers where busy feeding 1 hungry Nissan LEAF, and a Volt (plugin hybrid). Fortunately, I had stopped earlier at Nissan HQ in Franklin, and tried the new DC Fast charger. Appearently the DC fast charge port is not under the Nissan LEAF charge timer.control, which I set to 80% for 24 hours, it continued to charge past 92% in less than 12 minutes, from 68%. I really like the simplicity, and the reliability of this charger, it work 3 out of 3 times.

image

image

image

The BLINK DC Fast charger at Cracker Barrel Manchester, TN has a message: ”EMERGENCY STOP” was pressed. Ok no problem the BLINK rep on the phone said. So the kind Cracker Barrel General Manager went out, with a set of keys, since the phone rep told her, all you have to do is reset it. Well the keys did not fit any lock on the unit, until 15 minutes later, we called the Blink support line again. Now I asked the kind agent, to walk us throu what steps to take. Turned out we needed to use the keys on the breaker panel next to the power cabinet, to find two breakers, (75 & 125 amp). These needed to be reset. Well we tried it several times, and guess what, it did not work! After whole unit powered back up, and the left (master) did not respond to any touch in put, it returned right back to the same error message. At this point the phone rep said, it is an electrical problem and can only be fixed by an on-site tech, so I stuck now, and have to wait on the L2 blink charger to bring the battery back up to enough charge, to make it back to Murfreesboro, since the DC fast charger @ Kimball, TN CB, is totally dead. If they don’t get these DC fast chargers working, then I can’t blaim Cracket Barrel, for terminating, PILOT early, an go to a differan’t fast charger, such as the Nissan units. They & we; the LEAF” owners have really shown a lot of patients with BLINK, but this is getting out hand, and hurts the EV project and our future of EV mobility, and is an waste of our tax dollars

image

image

image

image

in between my appointments today I had some time to check out some more L2 charging stations here in Nashville, TN. I found another Chargepoint charger at the West Precinct police department, nicely accessible in the public parking area. It is placed a little odd, so you have to pull up beside it, and then access the plug facing the building. I guess they had some one run over it before so they just put a yellow post in fromt of it. Yes you need a chargepointchargepoint card.

image

image

After my appointment in Brentwood, TN today I had to catch a littel charge, and I got to see the examplary set up charging site at the Brendwood City Hall, nice and shaded 2 spots provided by BLINK (Ecotality)

image

image

image

image

This is at cummings station parking lot, I did not get to validate my parking ticket, so I had to pay $3.00 for a 20 minute charge session. This type of EV support is realy bad for progress of the EV reveloution… So next time I will avoid these sharks, and not.recommend the businesses associated with this parking area.

image

image

image

image

image

I parked my LEAF at Dixie Pl parking lot at Vanderbilt University, on 21st Ave, and walked down to Village, to let LEAF refuel, recharge, some healthy free juice, and I saw a sign, that said zipcars lives here, and behinded where two cars, that.had zipcar all over them… Neat…

%d bloggers like this: