Durandal wrote:As an extra note, I plan on installing a L2 charger at my home eventually, probably in a few months, depending on the costs involved with running 240v out to that point.
You'd have a couple options for that. One would be to have your OEM EVSE upgraded by EVSEupgrade.com, for change over $300 you'd have a nice EVSE with the ability to limit the charging currents down to 6a. Another option which I'd be more inclined to do would be to purchase a cheap 16a L2 portable EVSE from either Amazon(I purchased and like a Ebusbar for $299 shipped) or either Tony here on MNL or VegasBrad also on MNL have similar models for around the same price or even less. To me the advantage of the Ebusbar or VegasBrad's models is they not only charge 240v but also 120v. The EVSEupgrade option also works on 120v but AFAIK Tony's model only works on 240v.
Another advantage to you for purchasing a second EVSE is if you have issues with one of them, you always have a backup. Not that I've ever had my EVSEupgrade'd EVSE fail, but it's always a possibility, that or theft. I also dislike always plugging and unplugging my EVSE, much easier to just leave one in the outlet(in my garage) and the other coiled in the car for emergencies. Personally I'd always want one in the car for emergencies, others may feel differently.
With your '12 you don't really gain anything by purchasing a EVSE that outputs more than 16a as thats as fast as your car can charge, 16a means a 20a circuit, although if your pulling new wire to your garage I'd might suggest installing a 30a circuit or maybe even a 40a as most newer Leafs can charge up to 27.5a, and require a 40 a circuit. That way if you eventually upgraded to a newer model you wouldn't have to pull new wiring which can be costly.
Lastly depending on what EVSE you purchase you might need to install a new plug, my Ebusbar came with a old style dryer plug and I simply installed a L6-30p plug. EVSEupgrade has also standardized on the L6-30p plug as I believe Brads model may be, not sure about Tony's but check for sure before you order. A L6-30p from Amazon can be had for <$10 but can cost >$25 if purchased locally. Outlets are also much better priced on Amazon and if you purchase the Ebusbar you'll need to make your own 120v to 240v converter plug to allow you to plug the EVSE into a standard 120v wall outlet, Brad sells such converter cables as I believe Tony does also and EVSEupgrade also does for sure.