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Discussion in 'MINI Cooper SE' started by Tommy Electric, Feb 21, 2021.
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I love your avatar! The AA-looking batteries sticking out of the trunk is very cool / fun!
Some people are perfectly happy calling them charging cables. You must be a joy to talk to at parties.
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I think the 'charging cable' discussion is akin to "I could NOT care less" and "I could care less". We know the first phrase is the correct way to say it, but both have come to mean the same thing in dialogue. Not a big deal.
I agree with the first part, because the actual "charger" is always built into the EV, but the second part, "charging cable," seems to make sense--at least in the US. I suppose it would be more correct to say "portable EVSE" or "active charging cable" to contrast with charging stations in Britain and Europe don't have cables, you must bring your own cable. Speaking of "charging stations," what would be the verdict on that phrase? (This took me a half-hour to write.)
They will not let me out to go to parties..........shame we could have so much fun!
I don't mind having incorrect usages of terminology pointed out to me and, ultimately, I'm happy to use whatever terms allow me to communicate my point effectively.
I would note that pages 218-219 of the USA Mini Cooper SE Owner's Manual refer to the "Level 1 charging cable", "Level 2 charging cable", etc. so this seems to be the terminology adopted by Mini.
They do it on their site as well. Much like the pre-conditioning term it's used interchangeably in their usage. So I won't correct someone when they use what they read. In IT I don't correct as it never ends well and confuses them more
I've got my service appointment booked in for next week so I'll report back as to the results. Annoyingly, Mini Service Dept. needs the charging cable AND the car for the day.
I had a feeling it would be more painful than, "See? Red light is on...Thank you for the replacement charging cable, goodbye."
Well that's annoying! Pity they cannot make it an easier fix!
I've been keeping an eye on another Mini SE forum (mostly UK users) and saw an actual SE mechanical problem fixed under warranty: they had to replace the "KLE Charging Unit" because the Mini would not charge. But I believe that is the first major problem I have seen posted in 6 months, other than this thread with the bad cable.
I like the Tesla terminology I cut my EV teeth on: "connector."
The superCHARGERs are the big, 100kW+ highway (and some city) stations that Teslas pay to use (or receive as a purchase incentive). They pump DC directly into the car's traction battery.
CONNECTORS are all other units, either wall mounted, outdoor post mounted, or plugged into the wall, that use 120-240VAC and *connect* to the car's internal *charger*.
Mini now dropped off at the service center. I have to say, the quality of the customer service seems a big step up from my previous experiences leaving my ICE vehicle with the local grease monkeys. Welcomed very warmly on arrival, a brief consultation with a service rep. to discuss the problem followed by an offer (politely declined) to give me a lift to wherever I need to go.