After I wrapped up with Dan from Mott Electric, I went online to tweet about it, and when I was looking for AeroVironment’s (AV’s) twitter handle, I went to their website. I didn’t realize that their other main business is to manufacture armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs: think mini-predators). Check this article from The Economist linked off AV’s site.
While I support our Canadian troops in Afghanistan and think UAVs are a key tool in the asymmetric warfare out there, there are a few EVSE manufacturers to choose from. Like Nissan’s commitment to the EV, I want supplier who aligns with my values. So, I thought I’ll consider going out-of-the box for part of the LEAF order process.
During this time, I’d been having good conversations on FB with a friend we’d met at the Nissan LEAF test drive in May, Kelly, and another gent Ricardo, who were also part of the first 40. We’d setup an Canada Nissan LEAF Owners’s page on FB. There Kelly added a list of the EVSE units available and so I started to look over the options.
Problem is, although I’ve read that any electrician can do the install, don’t I want a company with experience? At least Mott Electric had done some installs. How would I order the equipment? How should I choose? That’s where a quick Google of “EVSE installers Vancouver BC” came up with Big Green Island Transportation:
Gave them a call, and ended up talking to JM, someone I’d met though the Vancouver Biodiesel Cooperative years ago. Great guy. Turns out BGI is like an insurance broker - they’ll come in and install EVSE equipment and are vendor agnostic. They can install a product and/or advise on selection. And importantly, they get it - they are committed to sustainability.
So, they’re booked to come out September 8th for a separate assessment. We’ll see where it goes, and I’m still waiting for my AV quote anyways.
Values alignment - check.