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  1. That's what we have too.
  2. You *should* be able to get a better lease payment. However, if MB raises the price by a few thousand then we're back to where we were before. The 13000 rebate comes off of the after tax sale price, and it is paid to MBFS. So assume your MSRP is 29,000 and with the tax you're looking at 32,700. Less 13,000 is 19,700. Which is a couple of thousand less than what we financed for our 451 ED. Plus they may put a different residual on the lease, or a different rate. But if they increase the price of the options, etc. then that gets wiped out pretty easily. Sadly, any speculation before we know the real numbers is just speculation. Just remember that in the fall there will be quite a few new BEVs. New Smart, Leaf, Golf, and Tesla. Updated Soul, maybe an i3. Plus a bunch of PHEVs. The market is changing quickly. GM might even produce enough Bolts to make them available faster than 6-8 months...
  3. I guess I wasn't clear. They have only three ED of ANY trim ordered. Assuming the guy had his filters set properly and wasn't jerking me around. He seemed pretty up front. That might change once they get final pricing and option lists. I went through the process of picking a Design Red and Black, poly roof, LCD satnav, LED lights etc (so pretty loaded) and he had to feed it into the system as a scratch order. Sigh. I hope its just that they are waiting for final details. With the rebate in Ontario as long as they don't raise the MSRP stupidly, they should be rolling them out the door on rockets.
  4. I was quoted 1.9% APR with a loyalty discount. So it kinda depends on the sale price for something without a price. I'd guess somewhere in the 150-200 range given the 13,000 rebate in Ontario and a slightly higher sale price.
  5. Thought I should pass this on info for others in the area. Our 451 ED lease was just up so I had reason to visit the MB offices. I let MB sales do their dog and pony show to try to convince us to get a new vehicle. First up the salesman tried to sell me an ICE, but got the message when I was clear I wasn't interested in anything other than an EV. He didn't mention that the current ICE Smarts were EOL, but admitted it after I asked. Took a test drive in the 453 ICE. Nice turning circle, "less firm" suspension. Noisy compared to ED. Ok, but way below the ED for acceleration. The base level unit did not have the nice adjustable seats, and does not have an adjustable steering wheel. Based on what I was shown, Toronto corporate stores have only 3 base trim coupe 453 EDs on order (black on black, no options). No current pricing. No info on Cabrios. Polycarbonate roof is an option TPMS was listed as both a base and an option. (US Kit info maybe) LED lights (DRL, rears) are optional and include a fog kit. Main headlight is an H4 non-LED if I interpreted correctly. LCD panel satnav option, includes backup camera Ambient light kit option is separate from LED headlights Not much else to choose from No body panel kits available No red seats (black, black-gray, black-orange) Time to delivery from May '17 would be Sep/Oct '17. Putting in an order and then extending the 451 ED lease for 5 months would have cost us 8% of the 451 buy out, 1/3 of which would have been financing costs. We ended up purchasing the 451 ED because it saves us about $2000 a year. Plus my wife seems to have bonded with it at an emotional level. :-/ Now I can start hacking the 451 There were no Smarts on the showroom floor. Salesman hadn't sold an EV before but was responsible for Smart sales. Nice guy, and very helpful, generous with his time. I'd certainly consider ordering though him if we were going to get another ED. Hope that helps others.
  6. Check the firmware version once you get it and post it. I'll check the version in ours (2014 ED) later this week. I know we have the most up to date one because I asked the service folks to update it for the spring service. The dealer should be able to run the update for you regardless.
  7. Wow, that sucks, the water could have caused some serious problems! When we've seen a fault is was with both indicators flashing. There were no indications of external shorting or contact problems. Still, it could very well be a small leak in the housing. If its wet we do wipe it down with a towel before storing, but that's food for thought. Thanks!
  8. Could you be more specific? Which are the separate LEDs you're referring to, and which refers to which? The ones on the included EVSE will flash red under the following conditions, per the manual: Indicator #1 (power bolt) - "A malfunction is detected in the external power supply. The high-voltage battery will be charged when the current signal reaches a normal value" Indicator #2 (alert) - "The power supply on the control element is not permissible. The HV battery cannot be charged". The second of these is ambiguous. It could be the result of an external power problem, or it could be an internal issue with the EVSE power supply.
  9. The charger can shut down if the receptacle / circuit is dodgy. My wife has been using the car's EVSE at work with an outside receptacle for over a year and it has generally been fine. The receptacle is rated at 20A and commerical grade with a rain cover. However after sustained wet weather the EVSE kept stopping the charge and complaining about a bad circuit (flash code). Their electrician looked at it and couldn't find a fault, the EVSE looks fine and continues to work. They did replace the receptacle but the problem has been seen again. I'd definitely go with a higher quality receptacle and make sure the EVSE prongs are clean and not corroded.
  10. For the folks in Ontario the EVCO program isn't, thankfully, the only source of expansion. The program managers put too many eggs in one basket (KSI) and they've delivered less than 1/2 their committed installs. Fortunately most of the others have met their commitments. In theory there will be another round of funding this year for EVCO. Its turning out to be a pretty cost effective use of taxpayer dollars. Scotia Bank seems to have their own program to install DCFC at branches. AddEnergie from QC is expanding their Flo network into Ontario, and Canadian Tire is also partnering to put chargers in their Gas+ locations. With any luck they'll do this nationally.
  11. Since we got the ED the number of DCFC in Ontario has increased dramatically (x10+). From looking at plugshare it seems like BC has fairly good coverage on the TC, parts of highway 3 and in the okanagan valley. Given the 383 km range on the Bolt you're likely to be fine. Sadly, Alberta is a bit of a wasteland with respect to DCFC. There are a bunch of L2 chargers at good locations though. All over BC and AB.
  12. Did you have to put in an order a while ago? Last I spoke with a GM saleswonk they were quoting an 8 month wait time. Which put me off it. We liked it when we test drove the car at the autoshow. Roomy, nice feature set, good pickup, etc. The regen was quite different, but I could get used to it.
  13. Sorry to hear that. At one point there was an ED at a wrecking yard near Montreal, which could be an alternative in the worst case. What kind of behaviour did you see before you took it for service? Was it just that it didn't start?
  14. Ours is similar. About 42k km, charged twice a day after discharging 50% etc. Probably going to buy it out since it saves us about $2000 a year in gasoline. In a few years it will have paid for itself.
  15. Love to hear the details Silver. Ours has had some work done under warranty, but never more than 1/2 a day: Replaced seals on coolant pump Fixed bleeder valve on differential Regular services (desiccant cartridge replacement) Hopefully your dealer isn't taking you for a ride! Are you talking about the power converter from HV battery to 12V ?