[Oeva-list] Oeva-list Digest, Vol 121, Issue 21

Jeff Kim jeff.shorepower at gmail.com
Wed Nov 20 08:23:37 PST 2013

Hello Chaz,
Sorry to hear about your troubles. Although it does not sound like an issue
with the charging station, we never like to hear about someone having
issues with our stations (or any stations). This particular station is out
of its warranty period, but we still generally try to support any issues
people are having with our stations. We own two Nissan Leafs (2011 and
2012) and have tested or used the Tualatin station in the past. It's
puzzling that all other Nissan Leafs (that we are aware of) charge just
fine on that station, except yours (I'm sure this is puzzling for Nissan as
well). We will test the station again in the near future.

Have you tried any of our other stations in Downtown Portland at PGE (1st
and Salmon), Electric Avenue or OMSI?

Although the SAE J1772 charging spec is fairly straight forward, we have
heard of compatibility issues between certain vehicles and different
station manufacturers.  For example, at Electric Avenue, some vehicles only
work with certain stations. The spec is simple, but open to interpretation;
it can literally come down to a $0.05 resistor value that is slightly
different on your vehicle.

Consequently, we are awaiting approval to do an update on some of PGE's
stations. The update is related to current liming for the Tesla, so it
shouldn't affect other vehicles (since they are not capable of reaching the
current limit of the stations).  Although your particular issue doesn't
appear to be an issue with the station, it's possible that the update could
help with your compatibility issue.

The Nissan Leaf is a great vehicle!  Don't lose faith. Hopefully the update
miraculously resolves the issue. Good luck!

Jeff Kim
President & CEO
Shorepower Technologies
2351 NW York St.
Portland, OR 97210
O (503) 892-7345, M (503) 686-8844, F (503) 802-7347
jkim at shorepower.com

On Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM, Chaz Smith <chazeesmith2u at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi there folks, I am in need of some help/support regarding an ongoing
> issue that I been having with my 2012 Nissan Leaf SL.
> A sort of log of the issue (I did not make an entry for every success or
> every failure) can be found by those with access to the Plug Share app or
> website by looking at the check-ins for the PGE charger in Tualatin.
> I want to say at the outset that I really really like my Leaf (my wife and
> I call her Lucy) and I also enjoy  being a sort of defacto ambassador for
> EVs, Nissan or otherwise .
> I do have this a very annoying and inconvenient charger compatibility
> issue with the PGE based charger located off of Mohawk Street in Tualatin
> (this is a Shore Power level 2, non-CHadeMO charger). I frequently work at
> a nearby office building that is within a five minute walk.
> When I work in Tualatin, I my commute is  appropriately 50 miles round
> trip.  Most of the commute is freeway along I-205.  So far, through spring,
> winter and fall I have been able to make it there and back without
> charging, provided that I leave my house with a full charge and have no
> extra curricular errands to make during the day.
> I obtained the car (two year lease) last February and it worked (charging
> using the Tualatin PGE charger) without issue for several months,  possibly
> as late as July.   After that and ever since then my Leaf starts charging
> only to stop after 33 to 35 seconds and leaving some type of warning/error
> code light, which is stored but goes away after the vehicle is turned off
> and back on again.
> My car has not had any issues with any other public or private chargers.
> I am aware of several other EVs that have been and are able to
> successfully charge at the location in question without any apparent issues
> including at least three other Nissan Leafs.  I personally know the owners
> of two of the three other Leafs,  one is an OEVA member who has a 2011
> Leaf.  The other is a coworker who was inspired by my experience to lease a
> 2013 Leaf.  I also personally know two 2013 Toyota Prius plug-in owners
> that have successfully used that charger within the last week.   I have
> also seen a Chevy Volt successfully charge there not too long ago, and via
> Plug Share, am aware that a Chevy Spark has successfully charged there
> within the last month or so.
> I have now taken my Leaf to a Nissan dealer a total of four times
> regarding this issue.  The first one (Nissan of Portland) cleared the
> warning codes and told me to just not use that "bad charger."
> The last three times I took it to the closest dealer to the charger in
> question.   That dealer is in Wilsonville and it is a Ron Tonkin
> dealership.  The service department and service  advisor that worked with
> me there, Chad McKay, treated me well and earned my respect for the efforts
> that were made in trying to fix my car.   They have done a substantial
> amount of trouble shooting for me and even took another Leaf they had on
> the lot to the charger in question to prove that it (the Tualatin charger)
> was not defective, and in so doing obtained Nissan 's blessing to replace
> part or all of the on board charger.  Unfortunately, that still did not
> resolve the issue, the car still stops charging after barely more than 30
> seconds and still throws error codes.
> They (Nissan, not the Wilsonville dealer) are now telling me that my car
> is fine and that the problem is the charger's fault.  They say that it (the
> charger) probably needs a software update.   I call BS. Why would it work
> for all the other cars and for other Leafs made a year prior to and a year
> after mine if the charger 's software was not up to date or was the
> problem?
> Today, I tried to explain this and escalate my situation with a Nissan
> Leaf customer service representative (I dealt with a fellow named Alex,
> last name unknown) who claimed that there is no one above him to escalate
> my case to.   Essentially, he was telling me tough, the car is fine as far
> as he was concerned and I should just learn to live with it and/or hope
> that the charger owner/manufacturer will fix my compatibility issue with a
> future software update on the charger.  Why would they "fix"  something
> that's working for everyone else?
> The only thing remotely useful that the rep did for me was giving me a
> case #1251247.
> Needless to say, I am very frustrated and disappointed with what happened.
> I have previously worked in the then local Portland Better Business Bureau
> Dispute Resolution Department and I have served as mediator and arbitrator
> in lemon law and related automobile repair cases.  Given this background, I
> was surprised at the lack of empathy, open mindedness, and dedication to
> resolving the matter in a way that would be likely to retain my loyalty and
> satisfaction as a Nissan customer.
> I am no technical wiz, but suspect that my Leaf had some bad software code
> or a sensor issue that the others do not.  It seems a careful study of a
> Leaf that works on that charger and mine would ultimately yield a different
> setting or piece of program code which would result in a satisfactory fix.
> It might be helpful if anyone out there with the same year and preferably
> same model Leaf would try the charger and report back either here or in the
> Plug Share App.   It is possible that there is something special, in a bad
> way, about the 2012 Leaf, though I doubt it.
> If anyone out there has any special connections within Nissan customer
> service or have any good ideas technical or otherwise on how to get a happy
> resolution, please reply to this and share.   Your help will be greatly
> appreciated.
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