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  •  I'm hopeful for that network (0+ / 0-)

    I'm about 175 miles from places I go in the San Francisco Bay Area.  So, with current battery capacity, I need a minimum of one charge on the way there - more likely two.  I'd happily take that 30 minutes to get it.  But they aren't yet available enough in the area where I live or on the routes I take.  I'm hopeful for that to get better and I'm hopeful - longer term - for battery capacity to improve and cost come down.  The historical lesson is that, by the time I need replacement batteries, I will get better ones for less money than would be the case now.  Or at least I devoutly hope so.  Even if the Leaf never becomes a travel car, its role as an around town car will justify it for us.

    "Wouldn't you rather vote for what you want and not get it than vote for what you don't want - and get it?" Eugene Debs. "Le courage, c'est de chercher la verite et de la dire" Jean Jaures

    by Chico David RN on Thu Jul 12, 2012 at 03:04:08 PM PDT

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    •  Be the charge (0+ / 0-)

      if you wish to see the quick charge network develop more quickly, perhaps see if you can get a few installed where you need them.

      The Orca Mobile from Andromeda looks promising, relatively cheap and easy to use. I've done most of my charging from AeroVironment units in Washington which has been okay but they are large, fixed installations and expensive to purchase and operate.

      ECOtality hasn't made their DCQC systems publicly available yet in Seattle and I wouldn't recommend them anyway on the basis of unreliability.

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