billexium wrote:2. One question I cannot find a clear answer on, even though it seems like such a basic thing especially here in AZ... is it possible to keep the AC/heat on and stay in the car while charging at a fast charging station? The dealership we purchased the Leaf from has a fast charger and we can charge for free but the one time we have tried this, with sleeping kids in the back seat, the charger would not work if the car was also on.
I've run the cabin HVAC while charging (both DCQC and L2) often. It's usually been for heating, but that doesn't matter. The first time I did so, the car got a little confused and threw some error codes that thankfully cleared by just shutting the car off and then back on. The story I made up to explain this to myself is that the car doesn't like to transition from the states in which the accessories can run (the owners manual refers to these as "ON" and "Ready") into DC fast-charging. The initial problem may have been a sheer fluke, but ever since, I've taken care to follow this sequence for using HVAC:
[list=][*] Pull up to charger and shut car OFF
[*] Connect to DC fast charger and start charging
[*] Enter car and turn systems ON by pressing the start button twice (without brake pedal)
[*] Operate HVAC as desired
Whenever possible, I try to turn the car OFF before exiting and terminating a DCQC session. On a couple occasions, a charging station has surprised me by hitting a session-timer limit and terminating the charge while the car was still ON (see #RAPIDGATE), though, and the car hasn't become flustered as a result.
billexium wrote:3. One of the main reasons I was looking into EVs is my employer offers free charging at work at I live only about 4 miles from the office. I was thinking I could almost never need to charge at home. But if I did need to charge at my house, I planned to "share" my electric dryer 240 outlet. But the connection on the Leaf charging cable is different than the three pronged dryer outlet. Is there an easy/cheap adapter or work around this issue?
Only needing to drive ten miles a day, I'd be lazy enough to just plug into a 120V wall socket and avoid the regulatory issues of hacking together the kind of adapter you're talking about.