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Leafs in Utah

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:44 pm
by KJD
Just wanted to check how many Leafs are now in Utah. Currently I only know of 3.
I am sure there are more of you out there.

1) Josh at Tim Dahle Nissan in Murray
2) MM in the SLC Aves
3) KJD in Sugarhouse area of SLC ( that would be me )

Let's hear it people where are you :)

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:57 am
by Darren
Mine has been here since June. Glad to see a few more popping up.

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:32 am
by Yanquetino
Happy for you fellow Utahns! I can't wait until the orders open up in our state "by March 2012".

Have you, per chance, contacted your state legislators to complain that they do NOT include the Leaf on the list of "clean fuel vehicles" eligible for the (pitiful) $605 Clean Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit?

You might also want to ask why CNG vehicles qualify for up to... $2,500!

See my letter to the editor in the SL Tribune: Snubbing Electric Cars

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:21 am
by Darren
You wouldn't believe how long I fought with the UT DMV just to get an HOV sticker. Hopefully it will now go smoother for everyone else but I don't see more $ on the way for incentives anytime soon.

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:40 am
by KJD
Darren wrote:You wouldn't believe how long I fought with the UT DMV just to get an HOV sticker. Hopefully it will now go smoother for everyone else but I don't see more $ on the way for incentives anytime soon.


Wow you actually got an HOV sticker, way to go. Now if we could electrify the I-15 corridor the same as they are going to do with I-5, then we would have something.

KJD

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:45 am
by KJWL
We just crossed the border this morning with a
2011 Leaf from Vacaville CA. Can't wait to take her
out for a spin!

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:54 am
by Yanquetino
KJWL wrote:We just crossed the border this morning with a
2011 Leaf from Vacaville CA. Can't wait to take her
out for a spin!

Cooool! So... you're close to my area of St. George right now? Are you towing the Leaf? Or driving it? If the latter, you're welcome to use my EVSE to charge.

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:45 am
by KJWL
We towed it back on I-80 through Donner Pass. There seems to be quite a selection in the Bay area and we were tired of waiting. I now need to set up my home charging unit. Has anyone here done the EVSE upgrade? Any other recommendations aside from AV? Also, when registering and licensing any pitfalls I need to avoid? I really appreciate this forum and previous posts. Thank you!

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:09 am
by KJD
KJWL wrote:We towed it back on I-80 through Donner Pass. There seems to be quite a selection in the Bay area and we were tired of waiting. I now need to set up my home charging unit. Has anyone here done the EVSE upgrade? Any other recommendations aside from AV? Also, when registering and licensing any pitfalls I need to avoid? I really appreciate this forum and previous posts. Thank you!


Congrats on owning a new Leaf. When I tried to buy a AV unit they were reluctant to sell me one to install myself. Maybe that has changed now, best to call them and ask them.

I bought a GE Wattstation from Lowes. My garage already had a 220 outlet, so the GE unit was really easy to install, just mount it on the wall and plug it in.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_107343-76863-EV ... 151&rpp=24

If you are in SLC send me a PM and you can stop by and look at the Wattstation if you want.

KJD

Re: Leafs in Utah

Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:25 am
by Yanquetino
KJWL wrote:We towed it back on I-80 through Donner Pass. There seems to be quite a selection in the Bay area and we were tired of waiting. I now need to set up my home charging unit. Has anyone here done the EVSE upgrade? Any other recommendations aside from AV? Also, when registering and licensing any pitfalls I need to avoid? I really appreciate this forum and previous posts. Thank you!

If you want a dedicated EVSE in your garage, I would suggest ordering a cash-and-carry EVSE from AeroVironment (like I did), or stop by Home Depot or Lowe's and purchase a GE Wattstation, Schneider, or Leviton unit. You could then have your own electrician install it, probably for less than having an "assessment" done.

Even though I have my AV unit already installed, I also plan to upgrade my onboard L1 with Ingineer's modification --once I finally take delivery. I don't want to mess with unloading, plugging, unplugging, and reloading the latter every day, but do want to have the capability to use it with 240V outlets when on the road (dryer outlets, RV parks, marinas, etc.). It is true, however, than many owners are content to use their upgraded L1 as their sole EVSE. If you could do without charging your Leaf for several days, while having Ingineer upgrade your L1, maybe you'd like to try that first and then decide if a dedicated EVSE is also necessary. It would save you several hundred dollars, that's for sure!