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    Default Level 2 Charger for Home use..Recommendations?

    Hi There,
    I am shopping around for a Level 2 charger for my Volt.
    I plan to install this on my driveway where it will be exposed to the 4 canadian weather seasons
    What charger would you recommend? and How mush did it cost?
    I am looking for and affordable option but at the same time something thats safe and relaible.

    Thanks.

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    The SPX charger is subsidized by GM, so it comes out the cheapest at $500. I'm still using 110V so I can't comment on it much, but seem to see a lot of good things about it here. Home Depot and Best Buy also sell a few chargers. Most of those range from $700-1000 though.
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    The SPX Voltec one is by far the most reasonable priced one, ($495) and, since I have two of them, I have seen it's internal construction, and it is very well designed, with a rubber seal that should protect it against anything short of an actual flood. It has provision for the electric connection to be made from the bottom, as well as one from the back, and both are completely sealed until you break or drill one out.

    I also like the design of it, with it's coiled cord hangs over the top, instead of a straight cord that would end up laying on the floor/ground.
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    What about a 30 Amps PORTABLE 240 V charger?

    The only residential charger MADE in Canada.

    They are looking for Beta tester beginning in july and for a period of about 3 months (free). When they get CSA certified, they sell it to you (if you like the product) and they take back their beta unit.

    I am ALPHA tester and begin NEXT week!! I will keep you informed with pictures and posts !!

    The price will be BELOW 900$ Canadian !! The casing is solid fiberglass ... not like the plastic for the SPX unit.

    Take note that the SPX unit supports only 15 Amps, and with shipping charges and duty charges (because you have to import it) will add you about 100$ US. 15 Amps is good for the actual VOLT, but the Ford Focus Electric works at 30 AMP (6.6 KW) and hopefully, 2014 VOLT will also support 30 AMPS (a full charge will only take 2 hours !!!!).

    Here is the link for pictures and more details: http://roulezelectrique.com/?p=1202

    The Prototype 0001 is working (I tested it with my VOLT) ... it's a PUBLIC station in Shawinigan, Quebec.

    Just leave a comment at the end of the blog post if you're interested in the BETA test program. You will just have to get a 240V plug installed by your electrician, at your cost, (NEMA 6-30 or L6-30). When you receive the Charger, you just plug it.

    What's interesting, is that you can ask for custom order, like a longer male cable plug, or a different connector like dryers, etc ...

    Sly

    Quote Originally Posted by JO3L View Post
    Hi There,
    I am shopping around for a Level 2 charger for my Volt.
    I plan to install this on my driveway where it will be exposed to the 4 canadian weather seasons
    What charger would you recommend? and How mush did it cost?
    I am looking for and affordable option but at the same time something thats safe and relaible.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by slyastro; 06-19-2012 at 12:46 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JO3L View Post
    I plan to install this on my driveway where it will be exposed to the 4 canadian weather seasons
    When I lived in Michigan there were only 2 seasons: Winter and Road Repair.

    VIN # B0985

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    Fascinating. I haven't yet installed a Level-2 charger because my plug is NEMA L14-30R. I'm loathe to hire an electrician to change it (SPX's Power Xpress requires NEMA 6-30R).

    So if the Roulez Electrique charger can plug into my L14-30R, sign me up. Feel free to PM me and I'll provide phone number, etc. I'm in Massachusetts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ EV Driver View Post
    When I lived in Michigan there were only 2 seasons: Winter and Road Repair.

    VIN # B0985
    They repair year round now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkVolt View Post
    The SPX Voltec one is by far the most reasonable priced one, ($495) and, since I have two of them, I have seen it's internal construction, and it is very well designed, with a rubber seal that should protect it against anything short of an actual flood. It has provision for the electric connection to be made from the bottom, as well as one from the back, and both are completely sealed until you break or drill one out.

    I also like the design of it, with it's coiled cord hangs over the top, instead of a straight cord that would end up laying on the floor/ground.
    I've had mine for 15 months, use it every day, and I'm very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petsounds View Post
    Fascinating. I haven't yet installed a Level-2 charger because my plug is NEMA L14-30R. I'm loathe to hire an electrician to change it (SPX's Power Xpress requires NEMA 6-30R).

    So if the Roulez Electrique charger can plug into my L14-30R, sign me up. Feel free to PM me and I'll provide phone number, etc. I'm in Massachusetts.
    L14-30 is a pretty common fixture, maybe for an electric dryer? It supports 240 and 120 operation. The L2 EVSEs only do 240, so an L5-30 or L6-30 would be sufficient.

    Intriguing. I won't tell you what to do but I can tell you what I did and would do in your situation.

    I have a similar socket (L6-30R - the 240V only version of what you have) installed in my garage per my request. I bought the Voltec L2 EVSE, drilled out the bottom hole, ran about 5 feet of cable (12-3 in a black sheathing, but not Romex - I'm not sure of the proper term for it) from the Voltec (through a Romex wire clamp screwed into the Voltec) to a L6-30P and plugged it in. Everybody's happy.

    After looking at a wiring diagram for L14-30, if I were to do this I would leave the common pin (the narrow one) on the plug disconnected from any wire, but before I would do that I would double-check that with an electrician or even a "seasoned adult" at the Lowe's or Home Depot (grey beard == experience!) pretty inexpensively. Further, if I did leave it open I would be sure to label the plug indicating that it is not wired per the specification.

    This is a <$50 self-install, maybe $100 if you get an electrician to do it. Check Angie's List for someone qualified near you. The plug is $18.00 at Home Depot, and I'd need a 5-6 feet of 12-3 cable in black sheathing ($2/ft or so) along with a connector to use in the bottom of the Voltec (a threaded Romex-style clamp - ~$2 - is sufficient for an indoor mount as the Voltec is pre-threaded, but something watertight would be required for an outdoor connection). I could have used 12-4 OR 10-3/10-4, but since it's only carrying 15A and a short run, 12ga is sufficient. I'd probably use the 3-wire cable and save a couple of $'s on the wire.
    Last edited by Ron C; 06-19-2012 at 03:34 PM.
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    Yes it can easily use the NEMA L14-30R (dryer receptacle «twist lock»)

    During my "alpha" test next week, I will test ALL those 240V plugs!!

    I will keep you posted ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Petsounds View Post
    Fascinating. I haven't yet installed a Level-2 charger because my plug is NEMA L14-30R. I'm loathe to hire an electrician to change it (SPX's Power Xpress requires NEMA 6-30R).

    So if the Roulez Electrique charger can plug into my L14-30R, sign me up. Feel free to PM me and I'll provide phone number, etc. I'm in Massachusetts.
    Sylvain Juteau
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    Ford Focus EV 2012 (VIN #C411504)
    My blog about EVs : http://www.roulezelectrique.com
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    Personal BEST with my VOLT on march 18, 2012: 97,6 KM (60.6 miles)!!

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