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Hi all!

Cost, delays, and tax credits aside, I gotta say, I love the Ariya am very excited about the prospect of it being my next car (if my Platinum+ ever actually delivers, of course😀).

However, I reached out to Qmerit to see about installing a home charger, and the company they put me in touch with is taking a very long time to get me a quote as I have a bit of a challenging parking situation behind our condo (I do have building approval to install a charger as long as I pay for it, so at least that’s something). I’m starting to worry that a home charger either won’t be physically possible, or will be prohibitively expensive.
We have one EVGo “fast” charger (only 50kw) about 10 minutes away, which seems frequently occupied based on PlugShare. And we we do have a standard outlet in the front of our house and could run an extension cord overnight when we’re in a pinch. Our daily driving needs are pretty minimal, I work from home and my wife only has a 16 mile round trip commute on days she works. But we do a fair bit of distance driving from Brooklyn to PA or VT to see the families, and I’m nervous about getting on the road for those longer treks with less than 100% charge.

Anyway, while I’m waiting for my quit and pre-stressing, I thought I’d ask and see what the EV experience has been like for others with similar situations. Is it going smooth, or proving to be too much of a hassle?
 

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I live in a single family home but not planning to add L2 charging for the time being because it requires a panel upgrade and I suspect my off hour electricity rate is still higher than charging at work.

So I plan to charge at work and won't visit a charging station unless absolutely have to. I don't see myself adjusting to the life style of sitting at a charging station for 30-60 minutes each week.

If I don't have the option to charge at work, I would have to get home charging just because I don't want to force myself to sit at a charging station on a regular basis.
 

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I dont have a home charger. I drive it every day 30 miles to work and 30 miles back. I use EVGO fast charging at least twice or three times a week. I know people say to use it once a week but i think just doing it for first couple months is ok until I could get my home charging installed. Sometimes I use the 110v. 1 Hr gives me 2%….
 

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Had already installed a 14-50 240v 50 amp point in my garage last yr and installed the emporia smart charger a day before my Ariya delivery. Works like a charm. Schedule my charging hours via the app.Try to operate the battery between 10 to 95% for it's optimum life cycle and occasionally use EVGO chargers closeby, considering they are free for the 1st yr.
The only con I have observed is Ariyas fast charging rate. Even though Ariya claims to accept upto 130kw DC fast charge pace ( which is lower than the rival EVs in market) however I haven't been able to get more than 52kw in a 200kw EVGO charging station. Have seen similar complaints in this forum. Reached out to Ariya personal assistant and they weren't of great help. Just pasted the manual instructions on ideal conditions for DC fast charge. Hopefully in spring I get to see good DC fast charging speed.

No issues with L2 home charging speed. Ariya claims 7.2 kw speed ( again less than rival EVs) and I usually get between 7.2 and 7.6kw consistently throughout the charging period
 

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Where will you be traveling to in Pennsylvania? There are some pretty big areas there with little or no CCS fast charging support yet.
Nearish to Allentown, I've scoped it out before thanks to my EV obsession and there's at least one 4-station Electrify America charger near our normal route to the in-laws, so not suuuuuuuper concerned about that particular stretch. But if in fact home charging ends up not being an option for us, I do get a bit more concerned. Mostly because of the baby, really. For some weird reason, I happen to find charging things fun, and wouldn't mind the occasional detour and stop so I can watch a progress bar, but the baby isn't the best car traveler, and I'm wary of adding extra car time for her, especially for trips like this where we could probably get home and back on a single charge if we left at 100%.
 

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The other issue is obviously going to be cost. You'll likely be paying more for public DC charging than you would for gas for a comparable ICE or PHEV vehicle. (Unless you can somehow rely primarily on EVgo.)
 

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The other issue is obviously going to be cost. You'll likely be paying more for public DC charging than you would for gas for a comparable ICE or PHEV vehicle. (Unless you can somehow rely primarily on EVgo.)
Good point! We could probably rely on EVGo for most of our charging, as our closest local option is EVGo and the only one in my parents' town in VT is EVGo. But that free credit will run out before long...
 

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Hi all!

Cost, delays, and tax credits aside, I gotta say, I love the Ariya am very excited about the prospect of it being my next car (if my Platinum+ ever actually delivers, of course😀).

However, I reached out to Qmerit to see about installing a home charger, and the company they put me in touch with is taking a very long time to get me a quote as I have a bit of a challenging parking situation behind our condo (I do have building approval to install a charger as long as I pay for it, so at least that’s something). I’m starting to worry that a home charger either won’t be physically possible, or will be prohibitively expensive.
We have one EVGo “fast” charger (only 50kw) about 10 minutes away, which seems frequently occupied based on PlugShare. And we we do have a standard outlet in the front of our house and could run an extension cord overnight when we’re in a pinch. Our daily driving needs are pretty minimal, I work from home and my wife only has a 16 mile round trip commute on days she works. But we do a fair bit of distance driving from Brooklyn to PA or VT to see the families, and I’m nervous about getting on the road for those longer treks with less than 100% charge.

Anyway, while I’m waiting for my quit and pre-stressing, I thought I’d ask and see what the EV experience has been like for others with similar situations. Is it going smooth, or proving to be too much of a hassle?
You could probably just purchase the charger you want and then find an electrician to install it. Any half decent one should be able to do it.
 

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Had already installed a 14-50 240v 50 amp point in my garage last yr and installed the emporia smart charger a day before my Ariya delivery. Works like a charm. Schedule my charging hours via the app.Try to operate the battery between 10 to 95% for it's optimum life cycle and occasionally use EVGO chargers closeby, considering they are free for the 1st yr.
The only con I have observed is Ariyas fast charging rate. Even though Ariya claims to accept upto 130kw DC fast charge pace ( which is lower than the rival EVs in market) however I haven't been able to get more than 52kw in a 200kw EVGO charging station. Have seen similar complaints in this forum. Reached out to Ariya personal assistant and they weren't of great help. Just pasted the manual instructions on ideal conditions for DC fast charge. Hopefully in spring I get to see good DC fast charging speed.

No issues with L2 home charging speed. Ariya claims 7.2 kw speed ( again less than rival EVs) and I usually get between 7.2 and 7.6kw consistently throughout the charging period
oh wow, that is bolt and leaf levels of slowness.
 

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Hi all!

Cost, delays, and tax credits aside, I gotta say, I love the Ariya am very excited about the prospect of it being my next car (if my Platinum+ ever actually delivers, of course😀).

However, I reached out to Qmerit to see about installing a home charger, and the company they put me in touch with is taking a very long time to get me a quote as I have a bit of a challenging parking situation behind our condo (I do have building approval to install a charger as long as I pay for it, so at least that’s something). I’m starting to worry that a home charger either won’t be physically possible, or will be prohibitively expensive.
We have one EVGo “fast” charger (only 50kw) about 10 minutes away, which seems frequently occupied based on PlugShare. And we we do have a standard outlet in the front of our house and could run an extension cord overnight when we’re in a pinch. Our daily driving needs are pretty minimal, I work from home and my wife only has a 16 mile round trip commute on days she works. But we do a fair bit of distance driving from Brooklyn to PA or VT to see the families, and I’m nervous about getting on the road for those longer treks with less than 100% charge.

Anyway, while I’m waiting for my quit and pre-stressing, I thought I’d ask and see what the EV experience has been like for others with similar situations. Is it going smooth, or proving to be too much of a hassle?
Well, for anyone interested in this particular conversation, I just got word from the electrician I've been talking to, and they think that since there's a lot of complicating factors, a level 2 charger would cost about $10k, which I can't afford. Lots of reasons for that high price, they'd need to install a subpanel, the meters are pretty far from the parking area so they'd have to run rather a lot of cable, and since the parking space is on the other side of the parking lot from the building they'd have to cut into the cement to run the cable (which I doubt my building would let me do anyway).

They did suggest a simpler and much cheaper option would be to install a regular outlet outside my unit and just run an extension cord. Downside to that is obviously slow charging speeds and I'd have to figure out how best to run an extension cord without being an imposition to the neighbors, as they'd have to run over it all the time if I just laid it straight across. Assuming I could figure out a solution to that problem, though, I'm leaning towards doing it since I do love the Ariya and our big drives tend to be far enough apart that trickle charging wouldn't be a major imposition in our lives most of the time (especially compared to having no home charging at all). But still waiting on formal quotes for both options, and considering the pros and cons of switching to a PHEV or something while I wait for Nissan to even have a car to sell me!
 

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Yeah, that's probably the best option we're going to find. If it can take up to 4 days to fully charge the car, I feel a little bad leaving them down all that long, but it's not really an obstruction and only 3 other cars park in our lot anyway, so it would be a pretty minor inconvenience.
 

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Hi all!

Cost, delays, and tax credits aside, I gotta say, I love the Ariya am very excited about the prospect of it being my next car (if my Platinum+ ever actually delivers, of course😀).

However, I reached out to Qmerit to see about installing a home charger, and the company they put me in touch with is taking a very long time to get me a quote as I have a bit of a challenging parking situation behind our condo (I do have building approval to install a charger as long as I pay for it, so at least that’s something). I’m starting to worry that a home charger either won’t be physically possible, or will be prohibitively expensive.
We have one EVGo “fast” charger (only 50kw) about 10 minutes away, which seems frequently occupied based on PlugShare. And we we do have a standard outlet in the front of our house and could run an extension cord overnight when we’re in a pinch. Our daily driving needs are pretty minimal, I work from home and my wife only has a 16 mile round trip commute on days she works. But we do a fair bit of distance driving from Brooklyn to PA or VT to see the families, and I’m nervous about getting on the road for those longer treks with less than 100% charge.

Anyway, while I’m waiting for my quit and pre-stressing, I thought I’d ask and see what the EV experience has been like for others with similar situations. Is it going smooth, or proving to be too much of a hassle?
Anyone who buys and EV most likely has a gas vehicle too. The infrastructure is so poor on the USA just travel to the middle states and south let alone the Big Sky state. Absolutely unreasonable to have an EV as sole transportation. It’s all a joke to all be EV
 

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Anyone who buys and EV most likely has a gas vehicle too. The infrastructure is so poor on the USA just travel to the middle states and south let alone the Big Sky state. Absolutely unreasonable to have an EV as sole transportation. It’s all a joke to all be EV
Being one of those middle state people - most trips are possible these days and Tesla has done an especially good job at this. For non-Tesla, it's getting better, but there are still some routes that just don't work.
 

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Being one of those middle state people - most trips are possible these days and Tesla has done an especially good job at this. For non-Tesla, it's getting better, but there are still some routes that just don't work.
Don't scare me, I'm turning in my ICE for an ariya today as my only source of transportation 😭
 

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Don't scare me, I'm turning in my ICE for an ariya today as my only source of transportation 😭
You're out west, right? Loads of chargers out there... :) And MOST routes do work. It's really down to specific ones that don't these days. E.g. Anything that would reasonably take one across the bulk of West Virginia (or in my case, to Charleston, where my best friend lives). It's got Tesla Superchargers, but no DCFC except at a couple dealerships. Fortunately they want the federal government's money just as much as the rest of the states, so many of these issues should go away in the next year or two, or if Tesla opens up their chargers.
 

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You're out west, right? Loads of chargers out there... :) And MOST routes do work. It's really down to specific ones that don't these days. E.g. Anything that would reasonably take one across the bulk of West Virginia (or in my case, to Charleston, where my best friend lives). It's got Tesla Superchargers, but no DCFC except at a couple dealerships. Fortunately they want the federal government's money just as much as the rest of the states, so many of these issues should go away in the next year or two, or if Tesla opens up their chargers.
I work in California a good amount I'm here now but live in texas so I'm in between states. I'm mostly worried about driving thru new Mexico and stretches or small town in west Texas.
 

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I work in California a good amount I'm here now but live in texas so I'm in between states. I'm mostly worried about driving thru new Mexico and stretches or small town in west Texas.
You know your route to Texas, simply map out your chargers along the way stopping when it says 100 miles left.That would be the safe bet. Main thing is to find 350kW chargers otherwise you will be sitting,sitting,sitting. I am going to Yosemite in Aug they have 5-6 (50kW) chargers I figure might be waiting line. I will DRIVE my Tacoma keeping Ariya 95% local driving and 5% 100 miles or less. This was plan before I bought. I feel Charging Stations will be more crowded especially in summer.
 
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