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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Sunday 30th September 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.
Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.
Featured stories today…
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Plus, your answers to Question of the Week…
How do you charge at home? What charger have you got? Who installed it? Was it something which came with a new car or did you arrange yourself? And if you want to share, how much did it cost and did you get any incentives?
I have no home charging. I relied on public infrastructure and have never had a problem.
I have a 2012 Leaf, settled on a Clipper Creek 230 volt 16 amp charger which was designed for European markets but works beautifully on the Australian 240 volt system. My next door neighbour is a sparky and I got him to install a 32 amp dedicated circuit for the charger. The American made charger arrived in 3 weeks and cost just under $600 US. I would definitely recommend the Clipper creek. They are reasonably priced, reliable and compact.
Car on driveway plugged into charger.
Zappi from myenergi.
Who installed it? Aero based in Newark, Notts. The company was recommended by myenergi. I arranged it myself, I have solar panels and the Zappi is also able to charge the car with any spare generated electricity.
£299 for fitting. The cost of the Zappi is covered by the UK government’s OLEV grant.
I probably do more EV miles than most yet haven’t got around to a dedicated EVSE installation yet, done around 38000 miles via the “granny cable” which just about charges me up overnight.
We live in a terraced house and park at the end of the rear garden.
My charger is a Zappi and cost £870 to have installed which included making all the existing garage 13 amp sockets RCD. It is linked to my solar panels. I arranged it myself and the installer independently applied for the OLEV grant relieving me of that chore so only £370 to pay.
JOHN H MEYER III
I have a solar setup for my home and paid $500 for the 40 AMP charger for my home. I had it installed by a professional electrician because I was leery of messing with the electrical system since having the solar installed. This $1500 cost also provides me with a 1 year warranty. My installation is outside my garage and I share its use on Plugshare and with my neighbour who has a Chevy Bolt.
I charge at home with a Tesla wall connector that I installed myself. I managed to find some heavy cord 6/4 wire on ebay last year and its about 70 feet long or so, still have a long piece left over
At the time of buying my LEAF I didn’t expect to be in the house we currently rent for more than a few short months, so I decided not to bother having a charger installed.
Instead, I found I could charge my 24kWh LEAF overnight without any problems simply by plugging the supplied ‘granny charger’ into a socket in the garage, then running the cable out under the garage door and into my LEAF. And guess what ? That arrangement works perfectly fine, rain or shine.
The car is mainly used as a weekly runabout and I usually just plug the car in overnight one night a week, a good 12 hours is more than sufficient to charge to 100% from quite a low level. It takes no more than a minute to plug the charger in and no more than a minute to unplug it. As it happens we’ve remained in the same house for 10months now, and this arrangement has proven to be just fine.
I bought a used Nissan Leaf SL 2013 (24 kwh) last year and have a Flo X5 (7.2kw) installed outdoors by a professional electrician. The X5 is connected to Flo, Circuit Électrique and ultimately Hydro-Québec. I’m looking forward to PV integration, load balancing and V2G/V2H being available in the coming years through online firmware updates.
We have a Model S100D and a Model X75D We use two (newest versions that allow load sharing) wall chargers and charge our cars between 11:00pm and 7:00am EST (US)
I think the current one is about which EVSE I use for charging my EV. Well, I am not yet a BEV owner. However, I have ordered a Bolt EV – delivery sometime in the next couple of months. In anticipation of driving an EV I purchased a JuiceBox Pro Lite to install in my garage. Read lots of recommendations for this EVSE, but can’t really say myself until I’ve used it. I will say that I ordered the “lite” version because the software features of the “full” version are somewhat duplicated by the car’s systems. Plus, I learned that I can upgrade to the full version model of JuiceBox Pro after the fact, if I find that I could benefit from the features.
I’ve got 2 EV’s now, one Zoe 41kWh, and a brand spanking new Kona 64kWh. I had to install 2 chargepoints, and the price was not so bad. I chose the Viridian Ecolite Charge Point for it’s price and the range of power output it supports. They cost me 6500 NOK (608£) a piece, and the electrician charged me 8000 NOK (750£) for the whole installation.
So a total of 21000 NOK (1966£) for 2 charging stations, that’s actually not so bad.
My 5.2kWp solar panels sure does help on the power consumption.
Going full electric here in Norway 🙂
Keep up the great work!
I’m in Sydney Australia, I’m with energy provider AGL. I am in the “electric car plan” which required I have a separate meter for my car. AGL replaced my meters to smart meters (Free of charge). For this I pay AU$365/yr or $1 per day. Unlimited charging for one car.
A few months after the installation I was contacted and offered a $400 incentive to permit AGL to install (for free) a Schneider electric evlink smart charger; https://www.schneider-electric.com.au/en/product-range/63506-evlink-smart-wallbox/ with which they are able to switch off if there is too much demand on the grid. Each “grid event” where they turn off the charger lasts at most an hour. They warn me when this will happen via SMS, to which I can decline participation. Each time I participate I am credited AU$100.
To sum up.
AU$365 per year for vehicle charging.
Free charger free installation.
Paid $100 each grid balancing event.
And thanks to MYEV.com they’ve set us another Question Of The Week. Keep your comments coming in on email and YouTube…
Plug In Hybrid or Pure EV? Which would should you buy, or did you buy? Is range still a concern or maybe not enough selection in EV segment?
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