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Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:40 am
by fulabu
jj50 wrote:So Tony Nissan has a few "extra" Leafs on their lot. Apparently, there were extra cars on the last shipment (so these aren't orphaned). Anyway, they are for sale! The only thing is that the markup is $3000 over MSRP! So for a 2011 SL with DC quick charger, they want $37,400. Is this outrageous? Or should I just be happy that the car is available and put my money down?
Ouch. I wouldn't do it.

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:33 pm
by dpodoll
Just got our EV plates. Number 1501. Are there really 1,501 EVs in Hawaii?

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:48 pm
by jj50
akohekohe wrote:
fulabu wrote:
slickoko wrote:What has everyone else done?
Haven't done anything yet, but I'm probably going with this solution (http://www.evseupgrade.com) and skip the electrician all together.

What did AV quote you?
I have the AV level 2 charger but I also got the EVSE upgrade. I got one of the early ones that is limited to 12 amps but they now can do 16 amps and will probably upgrade to the 16 amp version but this is not urgent since it is really just a backup. It works fine and I probably would have done that instead of the AV one if it had been available at the time. The AV installation was a little over $2,200 but I was able to get the State of Hawaii Rebate of $500 and a federal tax credit of $1,100 (which is now limited to $1,000). I wouldn't have done it without the tax credit and rebate but I figured $700 net cost wasn't too bad. PM me if you want to try the EVSE upgrade.
I'm planning on getting the EVSE upgrade, but need to install a 240v L6-20 outlet so that I can charge at L2. Can anyone recommend a good electrician? What should I tell the electrician to ensure a successful install?

Thanks, jj

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:40 pm
by JJnHAWAII
dpodoll wrote:Just got our EV plates. Number 1501. Are there really 1,501 EVs in Hawaii?
Wow, 1,501 leafs or leaves in Hawaii...I have seen quite a few since my purchase this past Friday. I expect that number to grow into the tens of thousands once the supply catches up with demand. There might well be over 100k in a few years!

I tried to stop by the Green Energy Outlet, just to try my Charge card, but it was occupied by a silver leaf. With all these leafs we need more charging stations.

Anyone know when we can expect more public charge points?

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:46 pm
by JJnHAWAII
Also, are there soon to be any charge points on the north shore?

I feel that I can pretty much make it anywhere on Oahu and return safely home, except for the north shore.

A charge point up north would be nice.

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:13 am
by koolaukid
We got our leaf at the end of July, registration was done at Kaneohe Satellite City Hall getting us plate #1055. I don't think the license number directly relates to the number of electric vehicles on island.

We're planning to circle the island this weekend, up the east side to the North Shore, returning via Wahiawa and probably Kunia Road. I'll take the EVSE but by my calculations we should make it handily!
Scott

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:42 pm
by JJnHAWAII
Good luck on your road trip this weekend...

We need to start a leaf drive around the island to increase awareness of electric vehicles. A drive around the island proves to everyone that this vehicle is perfectly suited for Oahu.

Maybe a Leaf drive to raise money for Shriners Hospital or some other charitable organization would encourage others to participate in the drive. Raise EV awareness and at the same time raise money for charity....win...win..in my opinion.

How would we easily contact all the leaf owners to promulgate such an event?

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:12 pm
by 808pv
koolaukid wrote:We got our leaf at the end of July, registration was done at Kaneohe Satellite City Hall getting us plate #1055. I don't think the license number directly relates to the number of electric vehicles on island.
State data says there were 357 registered electric passenger vehicles in Hawaii as of July, up from 339 in June and 166 in July of 2010. That's compared to 8,264 passenger diesels, 10,085 passenger hybrids and 949,989 passenger gasoline vehicles in July 2011. ( http://1.usa.gov/q0BJU5 )

We may be more numerous, but still pretty rare overall.

Re: Hawaii Leafs

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:19 pm
by hakalautom
BIG ISLAND CHARGING COOP

I would like to start a charging coop on the Big Island so that we LEAFers can drive around the island without waiting for charging stations. I'll start by offering to charge up a fellow LEAFer and coop member at prevailing electric rates. I live in Hakalau, along the Hamakua coast, within range of Hilo, Keaau, and Laupahoehoe, and maybe Paauilo (two-way), and Pahoa, Kapoho, Volcano, Honokaa, and maybe Kamuela (one way). While charging, you can chill at my place or borrow a local vehicle to check out Akaka Falls.

If a few of us around island join together, we can take some of the risk out of LEAF travel. Please post in response or write me at tburton@brahea.com

Leather upholstery

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:55 am
by koolaukid
I think the fabric used for the seats and especially the armrests is a poor choice and have been looking into alternatives. Wet Okole seat covers are one option but do nothing for the stain susceptible armrests and center console. Stopped by Golden Upholstery on Queen Street today and got a quote for $1,550 for front and back seats, door panels and center console. I see where the SF group has arranged a group buy at ~$1,000-$1,100. There are photos of the Leaf leather installation at;

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.p ... r&start=20

Scroll down the page about halfway, this install had the seats done in a light tan and the door panels are a contrasting darker color, both are similar to the current interior. Is anyone else looking to do something like this? If so, please state your intentions and I'll try to put together better pricing.