Hello dear members,
My name is Sukru, living in Almere and a proud owner of a 2014 Nissan Leaf Tekna, well as of tomorrow 🙂
Driving an electric car will be a totally new experience for me. Now trying to figure out the potential challenges and how to eliminate them. Hopefully with your help it won’t be that challenging.
I would like to thank Edwin for creating this forum and also like the personal touch very much well. Feels like a community.
Thank you for the warm welcome Thijs!
The reason for English is, I am not fluent in Dutch [at least not yet 🙂 ] Though I can definitely try, if that would more appropriate.
Regarding my nick name, had no idea about the German meaning 🙂 learned something new.
I got the Leaf yesterday, brilliant car. It takes a bit of getting used to the absolute silent engine. All other external sounds feel like amplified.
The journey from the dealer to my home was an adventure ( from Groningen to Almere). The distance was a little over 150km, and range of the Leaf was a little shy of 130km. However, the wind yesterday in north was very strong. I could feel the resistance, so did the battery :). Had to charge 3 times to be on the safe side, maybe I was a little freaked out of getting stuck with no power (range anxiety at its best).
Anyways, I made it home just fine. Consumption was approximately 28.5 KW for 165 km. So 17KWh/100km.
It is a fun car, just requires a different way of driving 🙂
now my biggest topic to sort out is charging my car at home. Trying to weigh the pros/cons of the supplied charger via regular power socket vs. investing in a home charger.
Anyways, I’ll be on a business trip until Thursday coming week, will think about it after the trip.
Consuming only 17 kWh/100 km on highway with such headwinds is a nice job done.
All well and settled again? Or are you still blazing circles in your new Leaf because it drives like a thrill?
Concerning your home charging solution, I would strongly suggest to look into a rugged installation. A normal wall outlet (“Schuko”) (stopcontact) has not been designed for continuous loads of 10A or more. This doesn’t mean that problems need occur, but using something beyond design usually isn’t a good idea. If you want to use a (existing) outlet temporarily, make sure to test the plug after about one hour for getting hot. A bit warm is OK, hot is not OK.
If you want maximum flexibility for future at minimum cost, create a red CEE outlet at your outside wall and wire it to the junction box completely. The red CEE16 and CEE32 support three phases, whereas your current Leaf only takes one to charge. A future vehicle might be able to use two or three.
From the CEE socket you could connect a mobile charger either directly or using a red to blue CEE adapter cable (from three to one phase).
You might also acquire a (second hand) wallbox with fixed cable for maximum comfort. Now that first generation EV’s with type 1 plug are being replaced with younger type 2 plug EV’s you might be able to get a used wallbox with the type 1 cable you need, for nice prices.
Just back home from the business trip, anxious to play with my new toy 🙂
I have 1 phase power connection at home with 40A main circuit breaker. I have space in my junction box for an additional circuit breaker. I am thinking of installing a 32A circuit breaker with earth leakage switch (Aardlekautomaat?) with 6mm2 ground cable (L+N+E). What I don’t get is CEE 32A sockets are 4 or 5 poles and an adapter is giving me 16A output. Then what is the point of installing CEE 32A socket? Maybe I am missing something.
My advice is to connect a 5 core cable to your CEE Socket.
Because e if you later on maybey get to a CCS socket for 3-fase connection, you are prepaired for the future. ( 3-fase&Neutral+Earth. )
And remeber, if you like to use more then the regulair 10 Amp granny cable, you need a EVSE box to regulate the current bij the type 2 connector.
Then you are able to charge up to 6,6 kW (28 Ampère )
OK Sukru, you’re welcome!
Intention of my message was to instruct you to take no “half measures” and prevent you from having to do it again in a couple of years if you should acquire a new vehicle that could charge on multiple phases instead of just 1 – that’s all.
Your approach sounds good – keep us posted!
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