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Good news!

I did some inquiring with the Simon Malls and finally got an email answer back from them last Month:

Good Afternoon Ralph,

Thank you for reaching out to us. In response to your inquiry, I think you’ll be pleased. Opry Mills is actively seeking ways to install charging stations on our property. While I don’t have many details at the moment, the project is a high priority for us. Please feel free to contact me periodically to check the status of this project.

Kindest regards,

Jamie Phillips
Guest Services Manager
Opry Mills


433 Opry Mills Dr
T 615.514.1100  F 615.514.1120
jamie.phillips@simon.com

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That still means only time will tell, but the more EV drivers – go to the Customer Service Counter and fill out a Survey card – and put that as one of there “TOP Requests on it” that will put some spin in the right direction

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Ralph

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So if you need a juice up @ 30 AMP, then hold your seat…  They only give you a spot for 24 Hours, no short term like 4 hour deal. The whole charge will be $41.05 AAA with discount included.

Since an invalid charging event on a GE charger (at the HCA Nashville Location 2505 park Plaza Nashville, TN 37203) the car has started to switch on the Main Warning light in the Dash and does not complete the Charging Process (roughly after 1 hours worth of charge) also the Leaf Spy App (Android app) reports DTC error codes:

1. (B29C1 2308 Charger EVSE VC-98)
2. (B29C1 2908 Charger EVSE VC-98)
3. (P3171 0008 EV/HEV)
4. (P3170 0008 EV/HEV)
5. (P316C 0008 EV/HEV)

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After some research I found a discussion on myNissanLEAF.com – where another 2013 LEAF owner had to go through having the Charger replace – and then a month later the same thing started again – after he called the Dealer he learned that Nissan has come up with a software update to take care of this issue.
Issue with LEAF not completing a full charge – throwing errors – DTC
http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=12813&start=10

FYI if anyone comes back to look at this: The car charged normally for the last two months then started doing the same thing last week.  I took it back to the dealership and they told me my vehicle was one of the first they saw with the problem and that a month later Nissan started rolling out firmware updates that wouldn’t need the PDM replaced.  They updated it and things have been normal the last few nights.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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