EV Chargers, an informal discussion with James (“James and Kate”)



Informal discussion about chargers and charging needs for the future. Being significantly more experienced I was keen to pick Jame’s brain on a few things that have been on my mind.

Although, not staged for videoing and sharing the cameras were rolling and I thought many others might be interested in the discussion.

With thanks to James for his views and permission to share.

James and Kate YouTube channel..
https://www.youtube.com/user/James0852

UK Kona Electric prices:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=279912596069915&id=216339399093902

UK Kona Electric specs:
https://m.facebook.com/groups/427772691036190?view=permalink&id=430434884103304

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Hyundai-uiet-Electric-EV-216339399093902/

Email: konaelectric.uk@gmail.com

Twitter: @KonaElectric https://twitter.com/KonaElectric?s=09

UK Kona EV owners group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427772691036190/

The EV Puzzle channel link:
http://www.youtube.com/c/TheEVPuzzle

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Barcelona – Checking out EV Chargers



Driving around Barcelona finding electric vehicle charging

My reason for going on these road trips in Barcelona to find and test these electric vehicle charging point is this. When you are in a hurry and driving from the airport with a carload of people you don’t want to waste time looking for charging points which are not going to work for you. That’s one reason anyway. Another reason is just because I wanted to go on a road trip and drive my car just for fun. It’s a good excuse to have a day out with my 2018 Nissan Leaf to go for a drive to Barcelona.

On this occasion I didn’t go into the centre of Barcelona. I stayed to the area north of the city. My first port of call was to Granollers to check out a charger listed in the PlugShare app. This was my first disappointment for the day. The charge point looked new and unused. I wasn’t able to use it either. The charger has been situated in the street, but has not yet been commissioned for drivers of electric vehicles. If I get a chance on give it another try in a month or two.

I looked on PlugShare to find out where was the nearest rapid charger to the one in Granollers. The nearest was only 23 minutes away in Santa Perpetua de Mogoda. So I set off using Waze GPS to guide me. It wasn’t too difficult to find although I did have to go to the next roundabout and turn round to come back to spot the entrance to the car park. The signpost for the electric vehicle charging was only visible from one direction.

This was a good place to stop in a car park for public buildings, there was a library and other buildings for the inhabitants of the town. I was able to use the library to perform a call of nature. I then went for a walk around the town and found there were plenty of café’s, restaurants, bars and supermarkets. This is useful if you need to get supplies or to get food & drink.

Apart from the rapid charger with the CCS and the CHAdeMO there was another charging post with two Type II charging sockets. At least if the rapid DC charging was unavailable for whatever reason you could still try the other charging facility. I used the Barcelona Live electric vehicle card to activate the rapid charging point. The other charging post had QR codes which you scan with your phone in order to activate.

I did need to stay too long at this charger and decided I would carry on to the next one I wanted to investigate. The next one is at Barbará de Vallés and one which is also close to the motorway. Either of these two charge points will be useful when taking a trip to the Barcelona airport. Both are handy to pull in and add a quick charge to make sure I have enough juice to get all the way home.

When I pulled into this next charger there was a Renault Zoe already using the rapid charger. I pulled up in front and I was prepared to wait for a short while. The driver was finished he is charging all decided he had enough and would be moving on. He could have just been being a gentleman to allow me to plug in. I gave him a friendly wave as he exited the charging point. This charge point was situated in a more industrial and busy area. I stayed for long enough to test the charging. I was only pulling in about 20 kW into the battery of the Nissan Leaf.

Another electric vehicle charging point to try and a place to go and have something to eat. I decided to drive to the IKEA furniture store. The food in the restaurant there is not too bad and there are a number of Type II charges you can use while walking around the magical mystery tour. It always takes a long way to walk around the maze which IKEA have constructed to make sure you walk past all of their products on sale. I ended up buying a few bits and pieces. When I got back to the car, Rosie the 2018 Nissan Leaf was fully charged. I was ready to drive back home.

The only stop I planned to make on the way back home was in Vidreres. This is a small town not far from the junction where you leave the motorway which goes towards Girona and head instead towards the beaches of the Costa Brava. St. Feliu de Guixols and Platja d’Aro. If I had missed out on all of the charging opportunities before and was getting low on electrons when I was not far away from home, Vidreres would be a good place to stop. It’s a fast charger and not a rapid charger, but good enough to put in sufficient kilometres in a fairly short time. I was glad to pull in and rest my eyes which were getting tired from the driving. The stop gave me a chance to stretch my legs even though there’s not much nearby the charging point worth walking to. 15 minutes at this electric vehicle charge point and I was ready to continue driving. I arrived back home with about 63% in the battery.

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ChargePoint Express 250: Bolt EV 150 A DCFC Session



I was finally able to log a 150 A session on the ChargePoint Express 250 station at ChargePoint Headquarters. The session went mostly as expected; however, the first step down from 150 A didn’t occur until 54% battery. Also, because this charger is limited to 150 A (the Bolt EV’s maximum charging current), I still wasn’t able to confirm whether the Bolt EV can draw additional power for battery conditioning and climate control when more than 150 A is available from the charger.

https://www.plugshare.com/location/68932

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Kona EV 180 miles trip, 143 miles left . 323 mile potential range



First decent road trip in wet and cold conditions on the way out and better in the way back.

Game changer? What other EV can do this, this easily without spending Tesla money.

Chargers, who needs chargers enroute?

With 4.9kWh in colder wet conditions and 5.3kWh in 17 degree dry weather the Kona certainly proved itself..

Seeing the incredulous look on an Ioniq owners face sums up this cars ability. A 180 mile trip and still having , in an Ioniq’s perspective, a full battery left!!!

UK Kona Electric prices:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=279912596069915&id=216339399093902

Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/Hyundai-uiet-Electric-EV-216339399093902/

Email: konaelectric.uk@gmail.com

Twitter: @KonaElectric https://twitter.com/KonaElectric?s=09

UK Kona EV owners group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/427772691036190/

The EV Puzzle channel link:
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Nissan Leaf 2018 – Can you own an electric car without a home charger? 5 months with no home charger



Nissan Leaf 2018 – Can you own an EV without a home charger? So for a month, I documented what I did while charging and how I pass the time. We’ll find out if you can live with an EV without a charge point.

Charging sheet for long distance trip:

*Google Drive:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Rrd…
*Dropbox:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6bsjmu4ikm…

*Disclaimer all information in this sheet is a guide for long journey’s in the Nissan Leaf 40kWh to help maintain and keep the temperature down. Any adverse effect or issues with your journey is the responsibility of the driver and in no way entitled to any refund or court proceedings with this free information. Have a safe journey and do let me know if this actually helped or if I just got lucky 🙂

OBD2 Dongle:
LELink OBD2 (Leaf Spy Approved): https://amzn.to/2HlXfnY
Car OBD2 Extension Cable: http://amzn.to/2HJMV8k
or
Vgate iCar 2 WiFi OBD2 Scanner: https://amzn.to/2vUIqqh

Camera Gear:
Canon M6 http://amzn.to/2HZgJPi
Canon EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens: http://amzn.to/2FMH16s
Phot-R Flash Flashgun Arm: http://amzn.to/2FbK4nK
Rode VideoMicro Compact On-Camera Microphone: http://amzn.to/2thoTiO
Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CT Carbon: http://amzn.to/2pipj2W
Vanguard Alta PH-32 3-Way Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2IxyR2Q
Neewer Crane 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer: http://amzn.to/2pjWdQW

Dash Cam used:
APEMAN Dual In Car Dash Cam Camera WQHD 2K 1440P: http://amzn.to/2HZ7xKR88
Samsung 128 GB 100 MB/s Class 10 U3 Memory: http://amzn.to/2td1MFL

Music:
Artist: The 126ers
Track: Summer Love
Genre: Pop | Calm
https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/…

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