Video: Monitoring Nissan LEAF Electricity Usage With TED 5000

JAN 15 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

*Warning: There’s a fair amount of NSFW language contained in this video.

TED 5000 Software

TED 5000 Software

Using the TED 5000 Energy Detective, one can accurately monitor the amount of electricity an electric vehicle uses while charging.  The software program then allows one to visually look upon several aspects such as spending per hour, projected bill, daily spending and so on.

But in order to use the TED 5000 software, a few rather complicated steps must be completed first.

In this video, you’ll learn how to install/use the TED 5000 device.

As the YouTube video uploader states:

“Do you want to know how much electricity your utilizing charging your electric car and the cost for that specific consumer?”

“I show how to use the TED  devise to do just this!”

*Now for our disclaimer: We recommend that only  licensed electrician perform the electrical work shown in this video.

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“Now for our disclaimer: We recommend that only licensed electrician perform the electrical work shown in this video.”

No kidding. The person has installed a 30A EVSE circuit which is not sufficient for charging a LEAF at 30A which it appears he is going to do (has bought a 30A capable EVSE and appears to have a LEAF SL which is capable of charging at 30A).

EV circuits must be de-rated by 20% – or over-provisioned by 25%. A 30A circuit is only good for 24A when charging an EV because of the continuous load charging an EV presents. If you are using a 30A EVSE, that EVSE must be plugged into a 40A circuit.

There is a very good risk of at least tripping the circuit breaker under long duration charges or even worse – fire.

And when charging on 120V – please make sure you’re using a dedicated circuit (or at least everything else is unplugged/off)! You are very likely to be charging 12A on a 15A circuit which is the maximum it can handle. If you’re lucky you’ve got a 20A circuit, but that doesn’t leave a lot of headroom.

I noticed that too on the 120V unit. I couldn’t believe he had it plugged in with all of that other stuff.

Personally, I think this device will be obsolete soon. I highly expect future EVSEs will probably have this functionality built in.

“Stay out of your service panel if you’re not certified” he said…
Yet what do we have here:
– As you noted, a 30A breaker (and, apparently, wiring) for a 30A continuous load
– NEMA 6-50 outlet on that 30A circuit
– Breakers of a different type/brand, may violate the panel’s listing
– Just above: double-tapped breaker (to power the TED5000, it looks like)
– Ground/neutral mix-up throughout
Anything else? 😐

Wow, you caught a lot more issues than I did, good work! 🙂

I installed the 30amp EVSE using 40amp rated wiring. I was ok with it, but I noticed during the installation that the EVSE only uses 30amp wiring internally.

So lets say I am dubious.

Inside the EVSE everything may be rated at 90C, in which case 10GA wire is OK for a 30A continuous load. If I were building it, though, I’d still opt for 8GA.

This guy has extension cords for EVERYTHING. Lol. Plus looks like combustible material that the EVSE is resting on. ‘Leaf causes garage fire’ is the next video.

I bought this unit before knowing that OnStar data is ‘good enough’. The TED cost 10months worth of Volt electricity use.

Meh. What’s the max draw of the circuit the LEAF is pulling from? That over time plugged in is a maximum number. How much is your LEAF refilling itself every night? That’s you’re minimum. As long as those are reasonably close together, I wouldn’t worry about it. Although it might be nice to be sure that you aren’t losing a bunch of energy because that would equal heat and danger.

To avoid of the hassle just get 20$ plug in meter at Canadian tire like Hampton or UPM and they have all about mentioned features. No wiring or knowledge required.