srl99 wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:22 pm
I've yet to fast charge, from the spec's it says 80%, so I should use that in my planning (?) (200 mile drive w 5000+ ft elevation change).
I've fast charged 3 times, so can give a little insight.
First time was at a Greenlots unit. I didn't really need to charge, but it was at a Kia dealer and free to use. I seem to recall a max charge rate of ~33 kW, but have a photo later in the charge cycle where at 65% SOC (in cool November weather) it was 323.5V, 50.9A (a bit over 16kW). 9:37 of charging yielded 2.6 kWh.
Next 2 times were at Electrify America units, with much better results. Portland to Eugene was about 98 miles. Albany is about halfway and stopped there with 43% SOC remaining. Charge started at 39 kWh. Went into the Walmart (units are in their parking lot), used the restroom, bought a snack and came back to the car to an 84% SOC (Had tapered to 26 kW charging at that point). More than enough to get to Eugene. 9.52 kW in 16 minutes.
This was for an EV Guest Drive Event where I had 28 people drive the Clarity - about a 2 mile loop. Overnight L2 had me topped off to start the day. Used a touch of L2 after the driving that day in order to get back to the EA DCFC in Albany. Rolled in with 5%
SOC. Started again at 39 kW (almost certainly the max on the Clarity), and once again tapered to ~26 kW by the time I unplugged at 94%. Was helping a fellow OEVA member getting his Bolt to initiate a charge (it can take holding the cable "just so" with the heavy liquid cooled EA cables), so didn't unplug as soon as I could have. 20.18 kW in 34 minutes.
By all accounts I've seen, the EA units yield the fastest charge times (not just on the Clarity). If you are going to use them, I highly recommend loading the app and initiating a charge that way. The credit card readers on the units are notoriously flaky and you are somewhat likely to have to call to get a charge initiated (and as the Bolt driver found, they don't take Discover even thought it is listed as accepted on the card reader).
Hope that gives you some help in planning
Back to the original post topic....
I did another Guest Drive Event the next weekend in Portland. Got word back the next day that someone I gave a test drive to found a Clarity Electric the following day - Vortex Blue
Yesterday saw some people charging a brand new (temp tags) Gray Clarity Electric at the local grocery store. Talked to them and they just picked it up after test driving at the Portland Event! as well (they had gotten their test drive in another Clarity at the event) They would up waiting just 2 weeks or so before they got the call.