Since this post is mostly about the work done on the car and the results, it's gonna be a bit photo-heavy. On Sunday, I headed out early and drove the loaner Peugeot back to Oita. It was cold, and there was some snow falling, with some patches here and there off in the distance, but the trip was uneventful. I stopped once for a bio break and bought a bottle of water. I was hoping to time my return home to see if I could get another plate of karaage (fried chicken) on the other side of the highway.
As you can see from my first view of the car, it looks great with the Ceramic Pro 9H on it. Hiromi San of Hutech in Oita put 10 coats of the coating and treated the chrome, glass, and wheels as well.
As you can see from these three shots taken by Mr. Hiromi, Hutech is a first-class operation. I was without the car for eight days, but it was worth the wait. Water beads off the car, and after I came home, I just wiped it off. It came clean with no problems.
The above is four of the six people who worked on my car for eight days.
I had 220 rated km on the car when I picked it up, perhaps plenty to get to Yamada service area (SA). Just to be safe, I wanted to add a charge to the battery before I got on the highway. Mr. Hiromi mentioned he knows the people at the Nissan shop a couple of businesses away. He called and arranged for me to get a charge. While I waited for the Leaf getting a charge to finish, I was treated to a cup of coffee and had some time to check out the Nissans in the shop.
I wrote below about visiting a Nissan shop near my school before the Rocket came. Users of the Nissan CHAdeMO do need a code in order to get a charge. The folks at the shop near Hutech were nice to let me get 30 minutes of charge. Other than that part, the charger works almost like the one I wrote about at Yamada SA. The difference was in the locking system. This one had a grip at the bottom that needed to be closed; the one at Yamada had a lever at the top.
After the 30-minute charge, I hopped in and started home.
The charger was the same system as the Yamada SA on the other side of the highway, but the parking set up was different. This one was easy to get to. I just pulled up and plugged in. The parking spot on the other side required me to back in a long way against traffic.
It's the same tasty chicken served up a different way (and price). This was called a Chinese-style lunch, but it was pretty much Japanese, with buta jiro, cabbage, and kimpira gobo.
It's so nice to be able to keep an eye on your charge while you're away from the car. I switched my charge readout to charging units from km because all the cool Model S people say that's a better measure of your charge. You can say I'm cool now. ;-) These are about the same numbers I got on the trip to Oita, but you can see that 40kW is not as much as I thought before. The best CHAdeMO charge is 50kW, so this one is decent. I went back to the car after 30 minutes. No one was waiting for a charge, so I let it run. During my wait, a man walked up and asked me if I was the owner. It turns out he had an order in for a Model S, cancelled it when the new models were announced, and is now waiting for a Dual. He has been told late summer-early fall for delivery. I'm really glad I kept my order. I could not have waited another 8-10 months. His wife came over, and she was truly excited to see the car. It seems she was relieved to see an actual Model S. I think they had a nice ride home together. Another gentlemen came over while we were talking, so the word is getting out.
I did not fill the car, but I was able to stay for almost an hour on the charger. I had plenty to get home from that one charge. I've got more to write about, but I'll finish up this post here. All I can say now is that I love this car.