For the first time I am not writing about something happening in Detroit, in China, in California or anywhere else. I am writing about something happening in my own home.
As a member of the Volt consumer advisory board I am scheduled to take delivery of a Chevrolet Volt on or about October 25, a mere six days from now. Part of this thrilling opportunity is getting a free 240-v charger installed in my garage.
Owners will be able to buy these chargers for $495 from GM’s distribution partner SPX, who will either contract an electrician to do the installation fro about $1500, or let the owner do it themselves. There is also funding for 4100 free chargers, that can be obtained from either EcoTality or Coulomb Technologies.
Today an electrician spent the better part of five hours installing the official Voltec charger in my garage. I was not present, but it seems much of the work involved running about 30 feet of conduit to the new charger and disconnecting the old charger.
I already had 240 volt line there from my breaker panel, which had been used in my previous MINI E Clipper Creek charger. That unit ran on 32 amps. The GM unit only runs on 16 amps and has a maximum output of 3.3 kw. Using it allows the car to charge from empty to full in about 4 hours.
Some electricity during charging could be used to condition the cab and/or the battery.
Since GM is only using the middle band of the battery’s total charging capacity, recharging is linear. There is no more rapid early phase.
Anyway this charger really is a thing of beauty. It is strong robust and attractive. The wire is thick and curled. GM has tested running it over repeatedly with no loss of function. It is also weatherized.
For those who are interested, I have implemented a Volt CAB Forum in the forum section of this site. It is a public place to interact with CAB members. I have invited them all, but cannot guarantee they will participate. They have a private GM-sanctioned forum to use instead. I have chosen not to join that, as I feel the people, the long-standing GM-Volt readers and long-standing fans of the car should be able to see and participate in all the discussion.
Six more days! Guess I’ll have to move that rack…yeah I know, paint the wall…
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