Category: all starts are tough


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I drove by the EV charging station construction project at Vanderbilt Law School parking lot today, to see that BLINK has some competition and is not the only provider of EV charging stations in Metro Nashville area.

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This morning I checked on the Cracker Barrel DC fast charger after about 2 months of down time, to find out that it is up and running, charged to 90% without a problem, thank you Ecotality.

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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.

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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

After my Nissan LEAF got it’s belly, sorry Battery full, I started to get hungry too. So I checked on PlugShare, and compared the charging stations in the Nissan LEAF’s Navigation, and sure enough I found no entry for the Factory in Franklin, TN. So I set sails for the factory, using my Garmin Nuevi Navigation.

The Factory in Franklin, TN is great shopping mal, not to big and not to small, and shows the “big Malls” why EV (electric Vehicle) Chargers are so important to be installed in Mall parking lots. The 2 L2 chargers by BLINK

are at the south end near the Viking Store entrance. These units are upgraded, and are requring to enter the zip-code, and most of all they have the most “up2date” sign

BLINK with the best sign for EV charging stations

Yes this is the sign that should be come the “rule”, and must be put up next to all BLINK chargers, even the ones at Cracker Barrel, to make the EV driving a success.

next to them which is the new standard that has been put to use in Washington, and Origon, with the effect that the spots where not ICE’d and while I was charging anyone that wanted to pull in noticed the signs and did “not” pull in. Once I stepped into the mal from the Viking Store entrance I found my self positively influenced of the nature and feel the Mall has, as well as the selections of stores and vendors, really nice. The restaurant I had lunch at offered a Salad sampler, which was great too.

This is the picture of the battery charge level when I arrived at the Factory, it is 5 miles from Nissan’s HQ:

Battery Charge state afer 5 miles driving from Nissan HQ to the Factory

It showes 83 miles range with 12 bars at 5.2 miles per KW

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The new DC fast charger at the Nissan Head Office in Franklin, TN, works so well, and is so easy to use, that my LEAF and I just had to come back for more. We met the software engineer from Japan Saitou San, who was very helpful, and explained a lot about charger.
One fact makes this charger so great, is the technology it uses; due to using AC 2 AC 2 DC conversion, it is far more efficient than the AC 2 DC 2 AC 2 DC chargers that other systems are using. It also allows building the unit smaller, and with far less cost, so great job to Saitou San and his team!

 

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This is the right side of the unit.

The Charger is located in Franklin, TN at Nissan’s Head Quarters

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Well someone pushed the emergency stop next to the DC Fast charger at Cracker Barrel Lebanon.

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So I called the BLINK support line, the tech that answered told me: ”sorry there is nothing I can do from here, a tech has to come out and service the unit…”

So I asked the CB manager if he had a key to reset the BLINK DC FAST charger, ”sorry no, all we can do is call our service rep…”

If BLINK or Cracker Barrel wants this to succeed, then this has to change, big time!

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2 couples are impressed by this form of transportation

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electric transportation is catching on at wholefoods I pulled up to plug in my Nissan LEAF to find that an electric bike was juicing up too

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We had a great lunch today at the Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant ala carte. The will be a future BLINK provider too, we can highly recomend the great and healthy menue!

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