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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:57 am

Thanks for pictures. Thinking about it, if there are too many problems I may just go without the 240 volt charger. Since I drive 44 miles roundtrip 4 days a week, the 120 volt might work out OK for me. I could probably charge in 10 hours or so overnight, more on the weekend. Is there any kind of special 120 volt receptacle needed? I thought I saw a reference to something beyond an ordinary receptacle with ground somewhere.
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:08 am

Stoaty wrote:Thanks for pictures. Thinking about it, if there are too many problems I may just go without the 240 volt charger. Since I drive 44 miles roundtrip 4 days a week, the 120 volt might work out OK for me. I could probably charge in 10 hours or so overnight, more on the weekend. Is there any kind of special 120 volt receptacle needed? I thought I saw a reference to something beyond an ordinary receptacle with ground somewhere.


Std 110V with ground will work ...
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:49 pm

I have a similar problem. I own a rental unit condo that's about 35 mi. away over a mountain pass, so I doubt I could make a round trip in the Leaf on one charge. The Leaf definitely has the better cargo area so that is the car I would want to take. I can't fit our ladder in our sedan, for example. But the carport at the condo unit does not have power at all, I don't think. I'll have to check on that the next time I'm there. I don't go over there very often but when I do, like now when I'm prepping it for renting, it would be handy to be able to at least trickle charge for 3-4 hours. That might make a round trip possible. Of course, if it turns out there is no power to the structure, I'm not about to pay to run power to it from some central complex location even if I could get HOA approval. I might pay to put in a 120V plug if there is power running nearby to a light, for example. The problem would be the metering. The HOA wouldn't approve me running a plug there unless it separately metered, so I'm not charging my car on their dime, and my tenants wouldn't want it on their meter.
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:34 pm

garygid wrote:Does there appear to be some provision for a lock?

Also, the e-hose (cord with J1227 connector-plug) apparently has a break-away connection to the base unit.

Now, where might someone go to get a spare e-hose or J1772 connector?

I don't think there is a lock because this is for start up's now and they want it to be installed in a private garage.
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:07 pm

Well, they indicate that having the EVSE installed outside is Ok, for carports, etc.

So far, it seems that only the 25-foot e-hose is offered in the USA, but a 50-foot cord is offered in Japan. Have we been short-changed?

If the e-hose does disconnect "gracefully" from the EVSE when sufficiently stressed, presumably one could "yank" the cord off the EVSE and take the cord indoors. Of course, one would need to be able to "cram" the e-hose back onto the EVSE, without hurting the break-away connector.

I wonder if the break-away connector is rated for 3653 connect cycles (10 years daily use).

But, while charging at night, or after the charging is finished, the e-hose might still be an easy target, unless "locked".
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:18 pm

Rat wrote:The problem would be the metering. The HOA wouldn't approve me running a plug there unless it separately metered, so I'm not charging my car on their dime, and my tenants wouldn't want it on their meter.


See if you can get Coulomb or Ecotality to install a charger there.

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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 8:34 pm

garygid wrote:Well, they indicate that having the EVSE installed outside is Ok, for carports, etc.

So far, it seems that only the 25-foot e-hose is offered in the USA, but a 50-foot cord is offered in Japan. Have we been short-changed?

If the e-hose does disconnect "gracefully" from the EVSE when sufficiently stressed, presumably one could "yank" the cord off the EVSE and take the cord indoors. Of course, one would need to be able to "cram" the e-hose back onto the EVSE, without hurting the break-away connector.

I wonder if the break-away connector is rated for 3653 connect cycles (10 years daily use).

But, while charging at night, or after the charging is finished, the e-hose might still be an easy target, unless "locked".


Gary,

the Japanese version is a 200V portable EVSE, a short cord to their outlet, a small "box", then the longer cord to the J-1772 connectors. You are comparing apples to oranges...

I suggest trying to source some of those for some US customers who want them... contacting Japanese Nissan dealers would be a way to start that process. This worked for our 2010 Prius, where the "mud flaps" are only offerered in the UK.. a UK dealer offers them on eBay, for $110 shipped.. they are only availble from that source, Toyota for some reason decided to not make them avalable in the US market, but several 2010 Prius owners are driving around with mud flaps :)
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:19 pm

I might have a friend with a Japanese connection that could check a dealer there for me.

But, like our dealers here, the Japanese dealers probably do not yet have part numbers and pricing for LEAF replacement parts.
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:52 am

from another thread:

This is from Nissan's Leaf website;

A: The home charging dock will require a 220/240V 40 amp dedicated circuit connected to a breaker. The charging dock will need to be hard-wired directly to the circuit by a certified electrician.


This sounds concerning to me, since in my condo, my circuit breaker box is in my unit. The meters for the individual units are in the parking garage, but I don't see a breaker box there. How can I get a charger installed with a breaker if there aren't any breakers in the garage? Does one have to be installed at additional cost?
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Re: Installing Charger at Condo

Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:00 pm

I too am looking to have a charger installed at my condo complex. We have a large complex with carport parking as well as individual garages. Luckily I have an individual garage which I know has 120v power to it since it runs the garage door and fluorescent lights. However, I don't know if there is 240v there as well. The box is in the carport in a room around the corner. I am not sure how hard this is going to be to set up. I was looking at the EV solutions webpage and saw this: Home Charging Appliance Level-2 (HCA L-2) This is an interesting option. See it here http://evsolutions.avinc.com/products/list

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