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  Reply # 1570191 11-Jun-2016 20:59
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Congratulations, I am sure you will enjoy it.

 

I am. So far, the car is magic. Very quiet. Very smooth. Acceleration is more than good enough in ECO mode...and even better when not. ("Do not drag people off at the lights. Do not drag people off at the lights Do not drag people off at the lights...") Also interesting was the car had 3,123kms on it when I picked it up. That's almost nothing..... 

 

The best thing about the Ex Japan Gen 2 Model S leaf is that it has a Double DIN standard head unit (dash bit of the stereo). I would fully recommend swapping the Japanese head unit for a New Zealand one. Firstly it means it will be in English, and won't need a band expander, Bluetooth is pretty much standard now days too. If you value features like GPS, Reversing camera etc, you can get one with these too. Many of the sellers of these cars swap the head unit before selling the cars.

 

Autolink on Great North Rd did install an English-language unit in my car. But even if they hadn't the Google Translate on my phone did a good job of translating Japanese to English in real-time via the camera. 

 

(note that the Screen in frount of the driver stay in Japanese).

 

Noted. So far I've managed to switch this to show the battery percentage. 

 

In regards to the noise, I am pretty sure the Japanese leaf's all have low speed noise generators mounted in the front. Switch to turn it off is near the drivers right knee. It will automatically turn back on every time you start the car.
 

 

Thanks for that. I'll have a look.  

 

With regards to the EVSE check your dealer hasn't simply chopped the Japanese plug off a 200V EVSE and replaced it with a blue campground plug. There is a tiny transformer inside that is only rated for 200V, not the 230V we get here. The car itself is fine with 230V
 

 

I think they have done the right thing. The electrician who did my home EV pplug install made a point of NOT using the blue caravan plug. He said he got a "proper one".  The one they gave me with the car isn't blue. 

 

Let us know how you like the car.

 

I love the car!!! More than I expected...and I had expectations. It's physically comfortable and looks good (to me). But the whole EV side is great. I've only done some short drives today: Grey Lynn to Greenlane via the Port and Parnell & Newmarket (SH1 was jammed - avoid - avoid), and later Greenlane to Syvlia Park via the motorway and back again via the Panmure highway and Lunn Ave. In the latter case (Sylvia Park), the return trip used about 10% of the battery.  It's a typical trip for me and I wouldn't make ten of them in a day. The ECO mode certainly does seem to conserve the battery life. Sometimes the estimated Kms remaining actually increased thanks to the regenerative braking.

 

Tomorrow I'm going to Browns Bay for brunch. I'll see how much juice it uses for each leg of that trip.  

 

I've installed the  Plugshare app and there are a good number of EV charging stations around Auckland (but I really shouldn't need them, normally)....and up and down SH1 for longer trips. With a bit of organisation a longer trip it looks like could be done without too much bother. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1570203 11-Jun-2016 21:09
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My first charge of my new Nissan LEAF EV at home. 

 

I'm all teary-eyed. ;-)  (I do gush a bit when some new tech makes me really happy). 

 

I guess I'll only be going to the petrol station for coffee now. 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1570264 12-Jun-2016 01:39
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Did the sparky leave you with that double wall box and only one half covered, and the other side open? I am assuming that was with the install half finished because if they left it like that then they need a right kicking.

 

Not sure what NZ sparkys have against the ceeform connectors. They work fine thru the rest of the world and are available at the wholesalers, but at one place I worked at the grumpy old sparky insisted on pulling off the ceeforms on supplied equipment and fitting those aweful bloody 56 series plugs, and to add insult to it they used ones with a neutral pin on gear that didnt need it so it couldnt be moved to other outlets in the factory that did not have neutral pins on them.

 

 





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  Reply # 1570288 12-Jun-2016 05:35
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The sparky said his boss took the isolator he'd bought for this job to use for a more urgent one. He said he'd get another one and come back. If I don't hear from him in a day or two I'll chase him up or get someone else to do it.

I thought someone might comment on that when I posted the photo. I love Geekzone! Thank you. :-)





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  Reply # 1570387 12-Jun-2016 11:01
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You might want to get the caravan type plug swapped back on. As I saw in an Nz eV forum that the caravan plug is the defacto standard for Nz. You don't want to be stuck and unable to charge your car. Just because of the wrong plug on your charger.





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  Reply # 1570402 12-Jun-2016 12:12
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If your car does not have collision avoidance system then just remember pedestrians and cyclists can't hear you coming until you're right beside them. That's how we've trained ourselves to "hear out" for cars. Otherwise, have fun with the giant ride on remote control car!




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  Reply # 1570424 12-Jun-2016 12:16
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joker97: If your car does not have collision avoidance system then just remember pedestrians and cyclists can't hear you coming until you're right beside them. That's how we've trained ourselves to "hear out" for cars. Otherwise, have fun with the giant ride on remote control car!

Sadly, it seems around 75% of the population now seem to permanently live outside of the house with earbuds hooked up to their phones. They seem oblivious even to a noise diesel bus. But your pint is good for the other 25%.




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  Reply # 1570428 12-Jun-2016 12:24
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Aredwood: You might want to get the caravan type plug swapped back on. As I saw in an Nz eV forum that the caravan plug is the defacto standard for Nz. You don't want to be stuck and unable to charge your car. Just because of the wrong plug on your charger.

 

The car has two ports. I also bought the optional cable for plugging into any old wall socket. Slower....but it works. So I shouldn't be stuck unless there's no power at all. :-)  





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  Reply # 1570431 12-Jun-2016 12:32
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OK...I just drove up to Browns Bay from Greenlane and then took a mate for a wee spin around there in the LEAF. Then drove over to Sunset rd in Glenfield and took another mate out for a spin down to Glenfield Mall and back to his house in Sunset Rd. Then went down Target to Wairau and then up Porana to Coronation and the top of Windy Ridge (again).....and then along Glenfield Rd and down Pupuke / Raleigh / Exmouth / Sylvan back to the motorway southbound and over the bridge and back to Greenlane. Lots of hills in there - up and down.

 

I'd lose a few kms going up the hill and then make them back up going down the hill as the car recharged. If I let it coast and didn't press the accelerator it would steadily increase the estimated range. It was hovering around  100km (estimated remaining range) from Sunset Rd (2nd time) to the bottom of the bridge on the city side. But then I had the long, steady climb up toward One tree Hill....and the range dropped to 84km and the battery to 53%.

 

Home.

 

So I had enough power to do that twice......just. That's a lot of driving around for one day if i did do it. 

 

It's in the car port charging now. Will be interesting to see how long it takes to top up from just over 50%.

 

It's beautiful to drive, though. If you turn the ECO off and put the foot down, the acceleration is impressive....though probably not Tesla-like. :-)  

 

Also....I was pulled over on Sunset Rd txting my mate to say i was almost there...and a red LEAF drove past with two kids flapping their arms - one out each window - so it looked like the car was flying along. Another first: seeing a LEAF pass from my LEAF. We'll be a branch, soon!  





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I'm dead keen on getting a leaf if I can persuade my wife to ignore range angst. We have two cars anyway so if we go on long drives, we can use the gas guzzling BMW -:(

 

Plus I am on Flick so I would be charging the car at night rates all the time which could result even greater savings than they suggest (For 14k $450 electricity versus $2000 petrol)

 

In Wellington we have this range

 

 

 

http://www.gazley.vwcentres.com/used-cars?make=16&model=2130610184&fromPrice=&toPrice=&fromYear=&toYear=&keyword=&v=gallery

 

All have had the Japanese stereos replaced with local unit to avoid having to use frequency shifters and reading Japanese car audio displays.

 

These look like decent deals? I am sure the dealer is amenable to some bargaining.





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  Reply # 1570561 12-Jun-2016 16:40
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Surely the remaining range on a EV will be way more accurate than a thing floating in a tub of liquid sloshing around like on a gas/diesel powered car?

 

I get angsty when my car shows < 80k remaining because it has said 86 and then run out on me after doing 70 on one occasion. Put the 4l mower can into it and it still said 30 which is simlply not possible on 4l.





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  Reply # 1570566 12-Jun-2016 17:00
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That's strange. On all cars I've driven when it says 0 km left I can still drive another at least 15. Never tried more than that ;p





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  Reply # 1570573 12-Jun-2016 17:06
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Mine drops to 20 then just starts flashing --- instead, so I guess they get around doing a countdown to 0 not being accurate.





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  Reply # 1570574 12-Jun-2016 17:06
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Linuxluver:

 

With regards to the EVSE check your dealer hasn't simply chopped the Japanese plug off a 200V EVSE and replaced it with a blue campground plug. There is a tiny transformer inside that is only rated for 200V, not the 230V we get here. The car itself is fine with 230V
 

 

I think they have done the right thing. The electrician who did my home EV pplug install made a point of NOT using the blue caravan plug. He said he got a "proper one".  The one they gave me with the car isn't blue.

 

 

 

 

The issue I wasn't describing wasn't about the plug

 

The 16 Amp Campground plug is now the defacto NZ standard for greater than 10 Amp plug in charging.

 

 

 

 

This is because a lot of people were finding the 15 Amp version of the  AS/NZS 3112 plug (looks like a normal wall plug with a bigger earth pin) gets too hot when used continuously. The campground plug is much better, and doesn't give the temptation to file down the earth pin.

 

 

 

What plug did the Sparky put on? Is it a AS/NZS 3112, Or a PDL 56 series. A lot of people have had heat issues with the first, and the second is rare in non-industrial or non-commercial settings.

 

 

 

The concern I was taking about relates to a component in the EVSE (box in the charging cord). I think the Japanese one has a 200V transformer in it that would need to be swapped out. Autolink moves a lot of Nissan Leaf's so I would hope the are aware of this up on this. I'm pretty sure they would have had to have a sparky change the plug, disable the plug temperature sensor, and rerate the unit for NZ voltage.

 

What voltage is written on the bottom of the EVSE box?

 

 

 

 

 

Worksafe has this to say:

 

Certain designs for products not permitted to be sold in New Zealand

 

  • Any electrical and electronic product intended to be used in domestic and similar situations, cannot be sold unless the product is rated and marked for use at the standard New Zealand mains supply 230 V (or 400 V multi-phase) 50 Hz.

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Linuxluver:

 

OK...I just drove up to Browns Bay from Greenlane....

 

 

I knew someone got the silver Leaf in the neighbourhood (Greenlane). It was you then.. Congrats!

 

 


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