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Friday, April 22, 2022

I Last Bought Gasoline in 2018

Tipperary Park
This park is beside the New Westminster City Hall chargers.

We didn't have a great deal of grocery shopping to do today. That meant that we didn't take a long time. In fact, the electric vehicle DC charger clocked us as taking just 33 minutes. Kimchi's battery had been less than half full when we arrived. While we were in the Superstore, our EV sucked in 16.9033 kWh of clean, hydro-produced electricity. So we drove away with around an 84% charge. 

On the fast, DC chargers, it's best to limit charging to around 80%. Topping up further takes substantially more time as the car slows down charging to protect the battery system. On a trip, or even when just around town, an 80% charge is generally sufficient. Kimchi reportedly would have provided 435 KM (270 miles) of range. The car is taking into consideration that the temperatures have been colder lately and I've been running the inboard heat pump to keep toasty warm. 

Even though my building doesn't provide EV charging, I may still want to fill up the battery using Level 2 charging. That is the standard, household 220V that is used for domestic hot water tanks, stoves, and electric dryers. This takes longer than direct current. So when I want to get the battery to a complete 100% charge, say when we're on the beginning of a road trip, I can use city chargers.  One of the closest is up at New Westminster City Hall. It took one hour and forty minutes to go from 83% to 95%. If I hadn't walked back early, Kimchi could have easily received a full charge within the two-hour limit imposed at these chargers.
  Plugged In @ City Hall


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