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Popped into Nissan Dorchester on my way home to ask about using their charging stations in the future when out for a walk or coffee.
The girl there said fine but limited to an hour and also said they are fast chargers but not rapid, but didn't know much else.
What sort of charge would you get on these over an hour?
 

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Popped into Nissan Dorchester on my way home to ask about using their charging stations in the future when out for a walk or coffee.
The girl there said fine but limited to an hour and also said they are fast chargers but not rapid, but didn't know much else.
What sort of charge would you get on these over an hour?
7kwh so barely worth the trouble. Any Nissan dealer should know that the Leaf cannot get a decent charge in 1 hour on an AC charger.
My local dealer also has a 7kw charger but probably for topping thei demonstrators.
 

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Popped into Nissan Dorchester on my way home to ask about using their charging stations in the future when out for a walk or coffee.
The girl there said fine but limited to an hour and also said they are fast chargers but not rapid, but didn't know much else.
What sort of charge would you get on these over an hour?
Most of the dealers I have been to have Chademo chargers . It's easy to check just have a look on ZapMap at your charger place of choice. Hendy Nissan Bournemouth, Wessex Nissan at Gloucester, Holdvroft Nissan Stoke-on-Trent, Brindley Nissan at Cannock and Fish Bros at Swindon all have Chademo chargers. If your Leaf doesn't have the 7kw onboard charger then I can see the Tesco and Aldi podpoints are a bit pointless for you (groan - very poor pun).
 

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Most of the Nissan dealerships have both rapid chargers and AC posts. It's rare that they only have one or the other, unless they are struggling with the power requirements.

The problem is most of the ones who do have rapid chargers will either say you aren't welcome to use them (despite it still being published as a benefit of buying a LEAF) or they are simply broken and they are making no effort to get it repaired or replaced.
 

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Depends on the setup but I think you’d find charging at a dealer regularly more hassle than it’s worth.

i.e. charger likely to be in use, blocked or you’ll get blocked in, they don’t normally have a lot of spare spaces in my experience.

Edit: It doesn’t seem to be listed on Zap-Map, if it wasn’t a rapid I certainly wouldn’t bother.
 

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Do they actually monitor how long you've been there? I doubt that they do.

Try it, see how much charge you get and see if there's any issue with staying for more than an hour.

Often, charging away from home is more hassle than it's worth, unless you're on a roadtrip of course and you have no choice.
A big part of having an EV is the convenience of being able to refuel while you're at home doing something else.
 

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It's all in the planning. When I did my Bournemouth/Blackpool trip I rang each and every possible Nissan dealer en route both ways. I made sure I got the name of the person to whom I spoke and rang back the day before my trip, and told whoever was on the 'phone the name of the first person who had arranged for me to charge at their point.
It was a breeze, every dealership went out of their way to make our stop enjoyable with the least hassle. They had moved any cars out of the way for us and I just slipped in and charged. They plied us with tea and coffee; some were quite curious about our trip and we had a great time at all the dealers. It made what could have been a nightmare into a great experience.
I point out this was not for a regular trip, it was a one off trip. I think they'd soon get ticked off if they had a flood of commuter types in......
 
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ABetterRoutePlanner, ChargeMap, etc. list Nissan dealership chargers. Do any of them allow non-Nissan car charging?
In some places in the US that is the only place around that has EV stations.
In a real emergency you may get away with it, but I wouldn't count on it.
It's also worth noting that the Nissan chargers are generally only equipped with the CHAdeMO Connector. In 2021 you'll struggle to find many other cars out there that use this rather than CCS which is now considered to be the standard, especially within Europe where even Tesla now use this.
 

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In a real emergency you may get away with it, but I wouldn't count on it.
It's also worth noting that the Nissan chargers are generally only equipped with the CHAdeMO Connector. In 2021 you'll struggle to find many other cars out there that use this rather than CCS which is now considered to be the standard, especially within Europe where even Tesla now use this.
Hopefully, Nissan will soon begin adding CCS plugs to support their new car, the Ariya.
 

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Don't say that. You're giving me traumatic flashbacks to Ecotricity!
Nissan dealers use ancient DBT Chargers. We already know too well that bodging CCS Onto these units doesn't work.
My Renault dealer (Lookers Chester) also covers Vauxhall, Nissan, Kia & Dacia. But their onsite chargers are only 7kW anyway.
 
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