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  Reply # 1641793 28-Sep-2016 13:22
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I for one am really enjoying these *case-studies*. I haven't had a chance to take my Leaf on a longer trip yet or even use a fast charger but then I have only had it 2 weeks!




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  Reply # 1641796 28-Sep-2016 13:25
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I for one am really enjoying these *case-studies*. I haven't had a chance to take my Leaf on a longer trip yet or even use a fast charger but then I have only had it 2 weeks!

 

 

Thanks. That's part of why I post them. So people know a Gen 2 LEAF can do these trips and maybe share some experience around the affect of big hills and how scary that GOM can look as you go up......and how very happy it looks on the way down the other side.  

Knowledge sharing. Confidence building. :-)  

Plus in the next few months there will be a lot more fast chargers around. As my confidence grows I find I'm trimming the fast charging times as I know how much it takes to get to a place....and charge again. Plus I know some routes better so I know where I can safely skip a charge entirely.

My 30kw LEAF will allow me to skip even more charges....and that saves time, too.   





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  Reply # 1641819 28-Sep-2016 13:26
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I just signed up to Charge.net.nz and have a couple of fobs on their way. I presume that is how you *pay* for your fast charging?




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  Reply # 1641822 28-Sep-2016 13:32
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SumnerBoy:

 

I just signed up to Charge.net.nz and have a couple of fobs on their way. I presume that is how you *pay* for your fast charging?

 

 

Many fast chargers are free (for now) but the charge.net.nz ones aren't. I just put the fob on my LEAF key ring along with my house key.



The main thing is just to have an account with them. You can activate a charger by:

 

1. Tap the fob on the fob light on the charger. No mobile data required. No phone required.  

 

or 

 

2. Activate the charger from the list of chargers on their web site in the "My Account" list of options. This requires mobile data. 

 

or

 

3. txt "Charge Kaiwaka" (or whatever the name of the location) to 226  - this will activate the charger. Your account knows your mobile number. It take a minute or two.....though I tried it at Kaiwaka and the mobile coverage there is patchy. Most of the location names are obvious, but some aren't. You'd have to check the charger activation page to get a the exact name. I should probably keep an offline list of the charger names on my phone.  

 

4. Phone the 0800 number and ask for the charger to be activated. Someone usually answers.....but it's not a call centre. I think it's one of the charge.net.nz staff carrying a duty phone. Try to avoid this one unless desperate.  I've had Nick Smith answer it and he's head implementations. I haven't called it since out of respect for his / their family time....and I haven't needed to.  :-) You WOULD call it if you arrived and found the thing broken or vandalised.  

 

5. Activate it via Plugshare. You need an account on Plugshare. Ideally, it would have the same mobile number and details as your charge.net.nz account. In Plugshare, you go into the site and on the mobile app you see the viable options with a wee green light. Touch the desired option and the charger should activate for you. Mobile data required.  Usage is billed through charge.net.nz account as normal. 





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  Reply # 1641826 28-Sep-2016 13:35
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Ah ha - I activated the only ChCh charger when I was messing around on their site setting up my account. Does that mean that charger was then available for charging, and if someone had come along it would have been charged to my account?! Whoops! I thought I was just *activating* that charger on my account, for potential use since it was the nearest one.

 

Good to know...




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  Reply # 1641829 28-Sep-2016 13:39
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SumnerBoy:

 

Ah ha - I activated the only ChCh charger when I was messing around on their site setting up my account. Does that mean that charger was then available for charging, and if someone had come along it would have been charged to my account?! Whoops! I thought I was just *activating* that charger on my account, for potential use since it was the nearest one.

 

Good to know...

 



If you do that again near me, let me know. 

I'll be grateful. :-) 





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  Reply # 1642045 28-Sep-2016 19:41
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Hey guys, can someone tell me what the hell is going on here? 

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1642051 28-Sep-2016 19:54
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Hey guys, can someone tell me what the hell is going on here? 

 

 

 

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Contact ACC they have the vehicle classification wrong again. Just of many incidents of this.





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  Reply # 1642095 28-Sep-2016 21:11
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Willuknight:

 

Hey guys, can someone tell me what the hell is going on here? 

 

 

 

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Petrol has some ACC built in per litre. They increase the Rego of Non-petrol car's to compensate.

 

Run your comparison against a similar Diesel car. Say BMW 1 series 118D.


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  Reply # 1642116 28-Sep-2016 21:41
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Yip, There is 3c/litre ACC levy in Petrol Tax, so thats why EVs have a higher Reg Cost, ( Same as Diesel)


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  Reply # 1642514 29-Sep-2016 12:03
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Willuknight:

 

Hey guys, can someone tell me what the hell is going on here? 

 

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:-) people make their choice of car :-(

 

If you have chosen Prius C (aka Aqua):

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1646979 6-Oct-2016 22:26
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Finished charging setup.

 

32A separate circuit to the main board although at this stage only have 16A fuse leading to 16A limited caravan plug. (later can easily change fuses etc to 32A if needed)

 

Bought the plug holster from a chap in Canada who makes them ( http://erroneus.myevblog.com/buy-plastic-parts-here/ ) as amazon wont ship them to nz.

 

Very happy as tidy and no longer need to run extension cord down driveway to the garage and I feel there is a difference between 16A and 10A charging. (Got the 6.6kW charger in the leaf so might later modify the setup to charge at 30A)

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1647000 6-Oct-2016 23:26
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Finished charging setup.

 

32A separate circuit to the main board although at this stage only have 16A fuse leading to 16A limited caravan plug. (later can easily change fuses etc to 32A if needed)

 

Bought the plug holster from a chap in Canada who makes them ( http://erroneus.myevblog.com/buy-plastic-parts-here/ ) as amazon wont ship them to nz.

 

Very happy as tidy and no longer need to run extension cord down driveway to the garage and I feel there is a difference between 16A and 10A charging. (Got the 6.6kW charger in the leaf so might later modify the setup to charge at 30A)

 

 

 

 

 

Looking good! :-)  

16amp is 50+% faster than 10amp, so definitely better. 32amp would be 3 times faster than 10amp. 

My 2016 LEAF with 30kw battery and 6.6kw AC charger arrives in a few days. I'll be looking at how to get a 32amp charger installed. I can definitely benefit from being able to do a top up from 50% to 100% in under 2 hours.....at home! 

 

 





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  Reply # 1647058 7-Oct-2016 08:59
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I'm going to see if I run into issues with charging times before paying for the charging box so I can use 30A.
Not been an issues over the last few months even when charging at 10A. There is also a rapid charger 1km away.

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  Reply # 1647097 7-Oct-2016 09:47
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32A will mean you have to be careful what else you run in the house at the same time.

 

A sparky may refuse to install it depending on the load calculations for your house (assuming they do their job properly) - I am basically at the limit for number of outlets and stuff for a house with a 63A supply now, which was figured out when swapping some 10's to 15's so I could plug my welder in without going medevil on its earth pin. If I was to get a spa that needed a fixed install or something I would be stuffed now.





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