Friday, March 27, 2009

Just had site inspection this morning! :)

I received an e-mail yesterday from Clean Fuel stating site inspections were starting and to send them some dates I was available. Decided to call them up and they were able to come out this morning for the site inspection. Here's what I found out. We have a 100amp panel. Our house was built in 1992 and I was told most newer homes have a 200amp panel which makes things a lot easier. Steve from Clean Fuel was really nice and explained all sorts of electrical stuff to me about our panel. He's going to do a load calculation and see if our current panel can handle the additional charge. If not, they'll need to upgrade my panel and that sounds expensive. He said Clean Fuel should be getting back to me pretty quick with more info.

We also discussed the placement of the charging unit. I asked if it could go on a stand but was told no. It must be wall mounted. We found a couple of good places it can go. No problem there.

He was here for maybe a 1/2 hour but probably would have been gone in about 10 minutes if I hadn't kept asking him questions.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just heard from Clean Fuel Connection, Inc.

Here's a slightly edited version of the e-mail I received today:

Clean Fuel Connection, Inc. is pleased to be MINI’s designated installer for the wall box for charging your MINI E. Our company has been installing electrical vehicle chargers for more than ten years and we look forward to assisting you with your wall box installation.

The process of installing a wall box involves a series of steps from initial inspection, to permitting, to coordination with your local utility. Since all these steps take time, we ask for your patience so that we can ensure that your installation is completely safe and cost-effective.

As an update, there has been a delay in the production of the charging cable for the MINI E wall box. To keep things moving along with as little delay as possible, MINI USA has authorized us to proceed with the installation of your wall box. Once the cable is available, we will return to complete the installation.

Also, please be aware that the installation contract for the wall box must be signed by the owner of the property. If you are not the owner of the property, please initiate steps to obtain the owners approval and notify us right away so that we may add the property owner’s name to the contract.

We look forward to talking to you soon and installing your wall box in the near future.

Note: Any questions regarding the wall box should be directed to CFCI at the phone number or e-mail address above. Clipper Creek (who manufactures the wall box) cannot respond to any inquiries. CFCI is more than happy to answer any and all of your questions regarding any aspect of the wall box or the installation process.


Clean Fuel Connection, Inc.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Latest news....

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Still waiting to be contacted. This letter was received on March 1st.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Can't wait for its arrival!

We're excited to be chosen for the field trial of the new fully electric Mini-E. Credit is a go and the next step is meeting with the folks who will install the charging unit. I'll put up pictures and video as things progess. For now here is a stock photo of the Mini-E.