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The next chapter in the melting saga

If you’ve been reading this blog a while you may recall one of the stories of my coworker’s car when his charge plug melted. For a refresher here is a picture of the plug:
Melted Vehicle connector

After getting the vehicle side connector replaced twice he finally had Bosch come out and replace the vehicle side wiring of his Power Xpress EVSE. Since then we’ve both been contacted about a recall of the Power Xpress unit. Since then I’ve received a phone call from Bosch stating that parts are finally available and I’ll be contacted by an electrician to swap out the cables.

The funny thing is that last week I received an e-mail with a tracking number from Bosch. Today that package was delivered:
Power Xpress harness

A shiny new wiring harness for my Power Xpress unit (Note that I have not been charging my FFE with the Power Xpress since my coworkers problems with it and about the same time I had noticed that the handle was starting to get a little warm in the morning after a charge. I’ve been making due with either the Juicebox or the Clipper Creek EVSE’s that I have).

What is more interesting about this shipment is that it comes with very clear instructions on how to swap out the wiring harness. I may just do the swap myself and when the electrician calls just tell them that I’ve already performed the task. (The procedure is pretty simple: remove a panel, disconnect the old wires, unscrew the strain relief, remove the old wire, insert the new wire, connect wires, tighten strain relief, and replace the panel.)

Taking a close look at the plug:
Power Xpress plug
Oooh all shiny: These contacts are silver coated. Silver coated contacts don’t corrode. The old plug is all copper which can oxidize and introduce some resistance. Given that 240V at ~30A goes through there even a small amount of resistance here will generate some heat.

Now I’m awaiting a phone call…LOL.

 

National Plug in Day

National Plugin Day

I paid a short visit to my local National Plug in Day event. I wasn’t disappointed as I really  had no expectations to what the event would entail. Considering that the event’s only exposure was the main website (and postings in all the EV forums about when where all the stuff going on was) there was about as many people as you’d expect.

I counted about 5 Volts, 1 Leaf, 2 Teslas (S85, and P60), 1 Prius plugin, 2 Rangers!, a Fusion Energi, and some misc golf carts. Of course and me and my Focus Electric–since I didn’t really sign up to be an exhibitor and I didn’t have the time to sit there all day I just parked my car in the adjoining lot and walked over.

The P60 was simply a gorgeous car!
P60P60 2
Even the jump seats in the back looked pretty fun.
P60 Jump seats

I spent a little time speaking with the owner of the Fusion Energi (The Fusion has to be the best looking car Ford makes…period).
Fusion and Volt
Not knowing me from Adam, he started discussing his reason for purchasing the Fusion and how he deals with the limited range, etc. I had to stop him and told him: “You don’t have to convince me; I pulled up in the Focus Electric”. “That was you? I thought I saw one drive by” he responded. The entire tone of the conversation changed at that point.
EV Ranger
Here we have one of two EV Ranger’s at the show. These are not conversions they are production vehicles. In the late 90s Ford produced some EV Rangers. I was surprised at how well maintained they were given their age (Most of the 90s Rangers I see on the road are pretty beat up).
Volts and a Leaf
Can’t help but think of Sesame Street here: “One of these is not like the others…” Can you tell which one is the Leaf?

All in all it wasn’t bad. I think to it would have helped if there was some signage around Washtenaw Community college pointing you to the “National Plug in Day” event though.