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I've received and signed up for the "local" Leaf test drive, in slightly less
than a month. It's about fifty miles to the demo site and that means about
fifty miles to get back. In our RAV4EV, I don't want to push the pack that far
in a single charge and would like to be able to charge at the site of the demo
drives. I managed to find the online chat feature associated with the vehicle
reservation system and Erica accepted my reservation number.

She was not particularly helpful, in that all she provided was a list of
charger locator web sites. There is a purportedly public site about fifteen
miles from the demo site, in the wrong direction, but that's still quite a long
distance away from the site. The demo is taking place on the University of
Central Florida campus, but there's no clearly defined charging facilities at
that location. At least, there are none that are obvious on charging locator
web sites.

I did note to Erica that I had a J1772 adapter for my charger, although I
suspect such information was meaningless at such a basic level of support.

It's also pretty clear to me that there would be no official approval for such
a thing, via the 'net or even perhaps via telephone.

Does anyone here have information that would enable me to contact someone
directly involved in the Leaf demo program to see if I can weasel my way into
being able to charge on-site while doing the demo stuff?

Any alternatives are welcomed, as well. Alternatives that involve burning dead
dinosaurs are contra-indicated.



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Here ya go! A little googling and extracting of info from the campus
website...

[email protected]

http://today.ucf.edu/new-solar-charging-station-on-campus/

New Solar Charging Station On Campus
UCF is taking another step toward becoming a more environmentally
friendly campus by providing a way to charge electric vehicles. The
solar charging station is located in the D1 lot on the east side of
Memory Mall.

Campus Map: http://campusmap.ucf.edu/flash/index.php

...snip...

There is no monthly cost for operation and maintenance of the panels,
said John Shen, who is the principal investigator of the project and a
professor in the UCF School of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science. If a vehicle uses more than 10 kilowatt-hours of power, there
is a charge for the electricity from the campus' power grid, Shen said.
Otherwise, use of the carport is free. There is a plan to have a payment
mechanism installed.

The solar charging station provides four parking spots, each with its
own charging outlet for a vehicle.

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I'd contact John Shen, as there's no plug type/voltage/amperage
specified in the full article:

Dr. Z. John Shen - Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering Faculty
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE, DEPARTMENT OF
[email protected]
Phone: 407-823-0379

[email protected]
Matt Childress
University of Illinois Electric Vehicle Club (still working on getting
our Level 1 charging stations proper signage ;-)

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Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:43 PM
To: EV DL
Subject: [EVDL] Leaf demo drives/charging question

I've received and signed up for the "local" Leaf test drive, in
slightly less
than a month. It's about fifty miles to the demo site and that means
about
fifty miles to get back. In our RAV4EV, I don't want to push the pack
that far
in a single charge and would like to be able to charge at the site of
the demo
drives. I managed to find the online chat feature associated with the
vehicle
reservation system and Erica accepted my reservation number.

She was not particularly helpful, in that all she provided was a list of

charger locator web sites. There is a purportedly public site about
fifteen
miles from the demo site, in the wrong direction, but that's still
quite a long
distance away from the site. The demo is taking place on the University
of
Central Florida campus, but there's no clearly defined charging
facilities at
that location. At least, there are none that are obvious on charging
locator
web sites.

I did note to Erica that I had a J1772 adapter for my charger, although
I
suspect such information was meaningless at such a basic level of
support.

It's also pretty clear to me that there would be no official approval
for such
a thing, via the 'net or even perhaps via telephone.

Does anyone here have information that would enable me to contact
someone
directly involved in the Leaf demo program to see if I can weasel my
way into
being able to charge on-site while doing the demo stuff?

Any alternatives are welcomed, as well. Alternatives that involve
burning dead
dinosaurs are contra-indicated.



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My thanks to all who replied, on and off list about charging our Rav4EV at
University of Central Florida. So many helpful answers which eventually ended up
with a contact at UCF. She's told me I have to purchase a day-parking pass,
since the metered parking is limited to two hours. Once I have the pass, I can
park at the EV charging and make use of the facility. I found out on other web
pages that it's four spaces, all with 110v and two with 220v (two-twenty,
twenty-one, whatever it takes) so with the portable charger we have, we should
be good to go. I realize now that I should confirm with the contact that Matt
Childress has provided to ensure the connector types available. In less than
four weeks, I'll have the chance to test drive a new Leaf. Since both my wife
and I are able to turn out rather low energy use figures while driving the
Rav4EV, it will be a challenge to create the same results in the Leaf.




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