Milwaukie Expansion of Electric Avenue
On Saturday April 6th, I journeyed south to Milwaukie OR for the launch of Portland General Electric's (PGE) newest Electric Avenue location. This is the 3rd location of 6 currently planned to open in the near future. Milwaukie has 4 DCFCs with both CCS and Chademo along with a dual head level 2 outputting up to 30 amps. The DCFCs are 50 KW and The Electric Avenue stations are priced at $3 for a 2 hour level 2 session, $5 for a 2 hour DCFC session or you can opt for $25 monthly for unlimited. Access is thru RFID card or the Greenlots mobile app.
Normally you launch the Greenlots App, scan the QR code and the station is initialized. One QR code was scanning to a station at another location so that wasn't quite working but you can also type in the 5 digit station code as well. The station was quick to react and took all of roughly 10 seconds for the charge to start. My pack was roughly 105º so you can see RapidGate still flourishing unlike the Europeans who got a SW fix that greatly lessens the effect.
Despite the RapidGate issue, I still got what I needed in a decent amount of time. Notice the 26%? That was my starting point. Very nice info to have!
It only took 37 mins to get the 20 kwh that I needed to do the 128 miles back to Oly.
In talking with the PGE reps at the event, the initial planning will be 6 locations with Salem being the southern boundary. The $25 unlimited monthly plan likely means every Uber driver in the area will be using these stations extensively. With the PGE plan combined with the Webasto $20 a month unlimited plan, this becomes a HUGE financial advantage (see gas price comment below) when computing costs especially when claiming the standard federal mileage deduction. Not hard to see why EVs are exploding with Uberites.
But for drive thrus and visitors to the area, $5 for a QC session up to 2 hours (most won't need that much time) means even a LEAFer suffering the full force of RapidGate will be able to get a charge to 90%. Better yet, this allows a full meal stop. Normally, the QCs I do don't allow a sit down meal. So its fast food or food to go. I am ok with that. I have had tons of jobs where time to eat was minimal (IF available) so it was eat it while you can so eating fast is something I do most of the time but there are those days where sitting down to taste the food while eating is a nice change of pace. Bolts and newer LEAFs will be able to get a charge that rivals or even beats their home rates. A great deal for the EVer and hopefully won't be too abused by local residents. Either way, when visiting the area, these stations are moving to the top of my list when my NCTC runs out in 10 months!
A company in Holland has live testing of range extender for the LEAF! We have a LEAFer testing a 17 kwh extender pack on his 24 kwh LEAF. Details are thin but looks like we may have a buyable product here soon. Don't let the Holland location scare you. They are working on a DIY option for the US. If you want to get in line, do so here
Its A Bird! Its A Plane! NO!! Its The Price of Gasoline!
Rumor has it, the price of gas is skyrocketing and may hit $4 around here before tapering off shortly after Memorial Day. I have to admit, I drive by gas stations all the time but simply don't notice what gas is selling for. This comes as a bit of a shock as back in my Prius days, I literally tracked the price of gas everywhere I went in my quest for that elusive 5 cents per mile. I think back on those days and its hard for me to understand what the fuss was about?
Last year, I spent $85.43 on vehicle services which means gasoline. I guess it "could" mean other things concerning cars but I have several credit cards used for specific purposes so in this case, it would be gasoline only. I did have my gasser until I got my 2018 and did give it away with a full tank of gas and I was forced to drive it for part of the 4 week delay between the death of my S30 and the arrival of my S40. But the bulk of the cost was during vacation when I drove from Michigan to SW Ohio to visit my Son, Devin. But this summary got me thinking so I looked back on previous years and found that even when I was part of a two Prius (and my ZENN) household, we were at or over $1,000 a year in gasoline.
Its kind of shocking I don't miss those days at all. 😏
Notice the 92.99 SOH on Feb 21st and the 92.90% SOH on April 8th? Well that 47 days with a total .09% loss but this log tracks every 1,000 miles. Looking at the daily log, we have 93.05 on Jan 14th ( right after the last adjustment) or a loss of .15% over 85 days.
All this along with very similar numbers from other LEAF 40's from around the World is cultivating a growing doubt about the programming controlling the LBC (Lithium Battery Controller) and BMS.
Or maybe I have the degradation that is gradual and the BMS is only accurate after these adjustments? Adding my 17,000 mile stats to the chart above bumps my extrapolated SOH (to 100,000 miles) to 60.1% but only because it misses the recent adjustment. Plugging in this morning's numbers drops my extrapolates SOH to 56.55%. I am on pace to receive a replacement pack well before the 100,000 mile warranty period. Makes the "dump it or trust it" decision at lease end time a bit more interesting. I guess it's all about how well I will like driving a LEAF with 35% of its capacity missing while having to pay for nearly all my public charging. Makes me wish I could select which two years I get the free charging...