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Trip to Chattanooga part 1

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For those EV owners that did not know about this Nissan has a DC-QUICK charger at the welcome center of the Smyrna plant. This is the first leg of my trip to Chattanooga today, using a mixture of DC-QUICK and BLINK L2 chargers, since they do “refuel” your EV equipt with a 6.6 KW charger, in a very reasonable amount of time. After starting out with only 90% charge at home and a little detour to run to different venue, briefly, I arrived at Smyrna Welcome Center with 72% charge left, to top off in the 15 allowed 15 minutes to 92%.

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After taking in 1 hour of 6.6 kw BLINK juice at THE CONNECTION, and at Inn, i will need to take in about 13 kw here

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So I decided take new 2013 LEAF out into the green, and set the solar sails for the Inn & Hotel at the Montgomery Bell state park.
It’s beautiful here and so much to do here, and two BLINK chargers nice and clean. They have wireless free, but it did not work today.
It is such an advantage having a Nissan LEAF with the 6.6 kw charger, it only took 1 1/2 hours to fill her back up for another 100 miles

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This morning on my way to Gallatin Newton Nissan Dealership,  I ecountered 8 BLINK chargers waiting to be used. And across the street at address 273 Mr. GOODROOF had a white LEAF parked in front of it’s store. Since the Nissan Navigation had no record like always of these available chargers, I went ahead an plugged in for $1.00.

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Nissan HQ has a nice tent and chairs prepared for the 2nd National Plug-in-Day Nashville / Franklin, TN. I am doing a Q-charge before I head to ”KICK-OFF” event at the Embasy Suites Hotel.

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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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So I pulled in to Downtown Nissan service department at exactly 15000 miles on the odometer, ready to do the 1st (first) yearly required battery check up on my red Nissan LEAF. No indication of battery degradation so far, will see what the report reveals.

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This is the Law School Parking Lot acros the street at the Vanderbilt Campus on 21st Ave South, between Broadway and West End Ave. I visited the site today June 23rd 2012.

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Here you can see the status / progress that the charging docs and the Solar aray support structurs are making, it looks like their will be 10 charging spots

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Here is the view from the Law School building across 21st Ave S. to the parking lot where the Solar Covered Charging stalls are being installed

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This is a good view of the structur to hold the Solar Panels

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Here you can see the view from the south side (Broadway).

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a closer look at the charging stalls.

We the EV owners and supporters of Metro Nashville area, are planning together with Vanderbilt, and the Oak Ridge Lab (who is managing the project), the next National Plug-in-Day festival on September 23rd 2012.

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Well, I stopped at the Cracker Barrel in Stewart’s Ferry this evening, to check out the food for my Nissan LEAF 100% elrctric car. And found the DC Fast charger here working just fine, charging to 90%. While I was waiting I had to consume a wonderful Blackberry Cobbler ala Cracker Barrel, awesome!

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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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