• leptoquark avatar leptoquark Posted: 4/26/2013 10:18am PDT

    "Chevy says the battery is capable of handling fast charges every day too, in contrast with companies that sometimes recommend against it to preserve battery life. "

    They can't mean Nissan, since the Leaf owners manual says a DC fast charge is fine once per day, just not more than once per day.

  • olden avatar olden Posted: 4/29/2013 2:29pm PDT

    Actually, the Leaf owner manual explicitly mentions the possibility of quick-charging SEVERAL times per day.

    See page CH-7. http://owners.nissanusa.com/content/techpub/ManualsAndGuides/NissanLEAF/2013/2013-NissanLEAF-owner-manual.pdf

    GM can't be talking about Mitsubishi either: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1067070_dc-quick-charging-mitsubishi-says-you-can-do-it-every-day

    So... Just FUD then.

  • fb_519418559 avatar Adalberto Posted: 4/26/2013 6:25pm PDT

    "2014 Chevy Spark EV First With CCS Quick-Charge Port". That is a start, but far from being a global solution. I think state and federal authorities should give tax breaks and incentives to car manufacturers that provide EV infrastructure support. Nuclear electricity was the solution to lower the costs of electricity, but after the Japan disaster, nuclear power plants' proliferation will be out of the equation for a long time. The EV revolution is not going to happen until solar electricity hits big cities meeting the needs of customers living in apartment buildings. State authorities should give contractors incentives also to build solar parking lots in apartment buildings, shopping malls, and public schools.

  • robok2 avatar robok2 Posted: 5/1/2013 11:04am PDT

    I agree with the incentives to a limited degree, but would prefer that the automakers not be directly involved. Some just out of bankruptcy and they have their own problems to concentrate on.

    I would not rule out nuclear plants that quickly, either. Not every location has the same earthquake/tsunami risk that Japan does, for example. I'm personally not convinced we need more nuclear myself, I just don't know that it's really out of the question yet. Perhaps it is.

  • vdiv avatar vdiv Posted: 4/26/2013 10:39am PDT

    Photo # 5/13 of the Hi-res gallery above shows a 90% full battery (9/10 bars) with an estimated 25 mile range on a car with 41 miles on the odometer. Gee, the Volt goes further than that on battery power :)

  • robok2 avatar robok2 Posted: 5/1/2013 11:01am PDT

    Good catch!

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 5/1/2013 11:25am PDT

    @Vladi: Hah! We actually did an article on a dummied-up photo when the Spark EV was first launched ....

  • fb_599454693 avatar Jan Posted: 4/26/2013 11:12am PDT

    Are there any combo DC chargers out there yet? Because if this is an option you have to pay extra for and all you get is vaporware then this type of L3 charging is even worse than what CHAdeMO has become (except for Japan and the West Coast maybe...)

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/26/2013 2:37pm PDT

    There are no known public charger available yet. However, this is a chicken/egg problem where you need a market size of cars in order to have the chargers installed. CHAdeMO installation only starts to take off recently in Northern California. That is 2 years after the first Leaf arrived here...

  • aatheus avatar aatheus Posted: 4/26/2013 5:28pm PDT

    There is ONE CCS plug in Arizona, that I know of. I can't recall the name of the company offhand.

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/26/2013 8:54pm PDT

    Is that a "public" one or used by the company for private fleet and/or internal product research?

  • aatheus avatar aatheus Posted: 4/26/2013 9:14pm PDT

    This is a public station. It's the first CCS + CHadeMO station.

  • fb_1559222512 avatar Xiaolong Posted: 4/27/2013 2:17pm PDT

    That is great. So, it is being pushed out as the cars are rolling out... Is it free?

  • fb_1470388190 avatar David Posted: 5/1/2013 6:36am PDT

    there are none but my chademo port went 14months unused when I got my LEAF, so I figure, give it about a year or so

  • fb_100003895554030 avatar Samuel Posted: 7/1/2013 9:58am PDT

    So what? A 200+ mile range Tesla can do the same for free, and it's not ugly. These ugly 70-100 mile cars are NOT what consumers want. They are good for in city, but is not feasible for long range travel. We want 200+ mile range EVs; and Why are they always so ugly?!! (i-Miev, Leaf, Spark, Smart EV, BMW i3...)