Hello world!

This is my contribution to the on-going effort that is the EV moment.  We are going to take over the world, it is inevitable, so what makes me so motivated to be part of it, instead of sitting back and waiting for other people to do the work? A mix of things, my aspects of impatience, and social responsibility out weigh my aspects of laziness.

I own and drive a 2011 Nissan Leaf, there was only 40 Leafs available to the Canadian public in late 2011, and I was one of them. My dream is to be able to drive across the country on free/cheap electricity in the same way the Tesla vehicles can already. Currently this is not feasible with existing infrastructure and a car that can only draw a mere 16 amps, there is only 1 DC quick charger in Ontario, and it is in the same city as me, so I almost never need to use it. It is also only available during office/buisness hours, not 24/7 like what we would need.

The point is that it is up to us, the pre-early adopters. The demographic that will buy into EVs are tinkerers and innovators. The kind of people who have already been involved or investigated getting an EV either by building their own, or buying a unique thing that happens to run on batteries instead of gasoline. These are my kin, and we will work together to change the world for the better.

SO, what am I working on? I’ll get to that, I need to give you some context, EVs are not  my only passion. Really, my passion is anything that is cutting edge and game-changing. I learned this about myself in high-school, I spent 600$ on a 2x CD burner, the only reason I got this rather expensive piece of crap was to copy uh, make back-ups of Sony Playstation games.  The device paid for itself in a couple months, and went onto pay for my first year of college. I was able to do this because nobody else was. I stopped because it became main-stream and people were doing that for their buddies for free. I suspect what I am doing here will repeat. My non-EV related passion right now is 3D printing, but I figured a way to bring the two together!

I have a 3D printer, and I’m not afraid to use it. (Reprap – Prusa Mendel type, kit made by Makergear)

A few things are happening at the same time right now.

I am currently involved in a collaborative project to build an open-source rapid charger that is compatible with the QC port found on Japanese electric cars. (ie; my car). It seems I am the only one in the world with the capabilities, the cogitative aptitude, the motivation and the tooling resources to make an affordable substitute for the plug that mates with the QC port on the Nissan Leaf. I have been told that buying one of these plugs costs around $3000. Without a viable substitute, experimentation, learning, and improvement is impossible, and we would be forced to wait around for the OEMs maybe one day (or never) provide these pre-installed in locations where we may be permitted to use them. I am far to impatient for that, especially since one of the risks is that the standard that is used (chademo) is walking-dead, so to speak.The reason is that there is a standards war going on, like BETA vs VHS, which both eventually lost to DVD, which lost to Blu-ray, which lost to the internet. Currently for electric vehicle charging, there are 3 DC rapid charge standards, Japanese Chademo, SAE combo, and Tesla supercharge.

  • Chademo – beta video, better quality, was out first, but having difficulty getting mainstream
  • SAE combo, – VHS, it has more supporters and is expected to be mainstream.
  • Tesla supercharger – DVD, this is likely to be licensed out to non-Tesla OEMs in the longer term. The reason is that it has a much higher power capability, at 120kw it is more than double the power output and can compete against gasoline for refill times. (at a full serve station and walking in for a coffee/bathroom break, the time is about the same)

I want to keep my car on the road for at least 10 more years to maximize its effectiveness, and this means, I want a DC fast charger. And if the OEMs won’t do it, I’ll have to do it myself.

 

My 3d printed DC rapid charger plug. For experimentation as alternate to the $3000 one

 

The other things that are happening in parallel to this project is my j1772 parts. I am entering a niche market of EVSE accessories. Right now I am selling dummy inlets and at some point, I will setup a web-shop here on wordpress to make it easier to buy. This hobby of mine is getting expensive, so I greatly appreciate your support when you buy my plastic parts.

Here are some of the details.

Currently I have 4 models available, all are open source and free for all if you have a 3D printer. (If you do NOT have a 3D printer, I’ll print the parts for you and ship them world-wide for a nominal fee 😉 This is useful as a parking spot for your EVSE that may normally rest in your driveway, on the ground, in a mail box, or you may hang the plug by the cord on something, this may also be used to keep bugs and other crap from getting in your plug. Simply mount this plastic part on a wall, post, or even on your existing EVSE.

  • All prices are in USD,
  • Shipping to US/Canada is 8$ for one unit, increases with added weight
  • Shipping to UK is 9$ and also increases with added weight.
  • I am currently only printing with PLA plasic which does not perform well in extreme temperatures, if squeezed, it can deform if at 40C (104F).
  • I only accept cash or paypal to joelclemens at gmail dot com

Basic dust-cap $15

Basic inlet with latch; 25$ (glowing plastic depends on availability)

dummy inlet at 25 degree angle – 30$ (includes mounting screws)

delux model (currently under development) -35$

  • 25 degree tilt
  • protective hood
  • mounting screws
  • (place to spool cable on top of hood to be added)

Hopefully, I will find time to continue to update this blog with updates on my projects.

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Last updated 2013-09-30

4 Thoughts on “Hello world!

  1. I love electric vehicles!

  2. gordon on October 1, 2013 at 2:28 am said:

    Joel:
    On the ChaDeMo plug, the EVSE has to have a CAN-bus chat with the car. Are you working on, or do you have a source for (example: http://code.google.com/p/open-chademo/ ) , that aspect of the project?

  3. erroneus on October 1, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

    Hi Gordon, I am focusing on the connectors and pins, some folks in California are working with me in regards to reverse engineering the Leaf’s QC canbus codes. So far they have created a working prototype, but still need an isolated design before publishing to the public. Here is where we are publicly collaborating. http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=13349
    We want to reverse engineer because we do not agree with the terms of use when purchasing the chademo spec. (very strict)

  4. Magnificent website. Plenty of helpful information here. I am sending it to a few friends ans additionally sharing in delicious. And certainly, thank you in your sweat!

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