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Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V charging

Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:08 pm

Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V charging. Frustrating that 99.5% of available public charge-points are 110V only, with no J-Plug, yet we must risk having our EVSE interfaces stolen if we charge publicly.

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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:47 am

VeloV wrote:Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V charging. Frustrating that 99.5% of available public charge-points are 110V only, with no J-Plug, yet we must risk having our EVSE interfaces stolen if we charge publicly.
I read in the manual that a paddle lock can be used to make the connector so it can't be removed from the vehicle.

That's why these "AC adapters" need to drop to commodity pricing soon to avoid theft issues.

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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:24 am

If the distance from the receptacle to the car allows I make the cable run under the front wheel (drive over it). No way it can be pulled out from under that heavy baby. The cable is re-enforced and can handle this. Aside from a few scratches on the plastic mine is handling this okay.
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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:00 pm

My idea is that the charge port is : small , not much larger than the socket.
Hard plastic or aluminum and hinged very strong.

opens via the smart key fob or an internal release.

when you open the port lid and push the J1772 handle in, it latches to the lid somehow

you cant remove the evse handle without a smart fob or pushing a button in the car

it would be like a quick fuel cap on some cars

QC port would be a seperate larger lid and work the same way
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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:45 pm

VeloV wrote:Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V charging. Frustrating that 99.5% of available public charge-points are 110V only, with no J-Plug, yet we must risk having our EVSE interfaces stolen if we charge publicly.
I use a simple Master Lock for this exact reason. Lock up the J1772 nozzle and nobody can steal it.
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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:55 pm

A lock will just discourage the honest people.
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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:22 pm

I like the Volt's approach in that the alarm will sound if the charge cord is removed and the car has been locked/armed. Of course I'd also like to see that function made selectable as there are instances where you may want to allow people to unplug your car (i.e. public charging where your car is done and someone else needs the electricity) but don't want to leave the car unlocked to accommodate that.
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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:43 pm

kmp647 wrote:My idea is that the charge port is : small , not much larger than the socket.
Hard plastic or aluminum and hinged very strong.

opens via the smart key fob or an internal release.

when you open the port lid and push the J1772 handle in, it latches to the lid somehow

you cant remove the evse handle without a smart fob or pushing a button in the car

it would be like a quick fuel cap on some cars
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The Chargepoint stations lock the handle when not in use. They seem to have a solenoid type mechanism that slides a bar over the handle release to prevent anyone unauthorized from pulling out the handle. It seems like a similar mechanism could be put in the car port to lock the handle while charging.
Perhaps it could auto-unlock when the charge cycle is done and light an indicator to let others know they could take the cord for another vehicle to start charging.

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Re: Secure the stock EVSE under hood for public 110V chargin

Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:28 pm

smkettner wrote:A lock will just discourage the honest people.
And the opportunists. Do you leave your car and house unlocked to discourage the honest people? :lol:
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Re: Driving over EVSE cable to secure from theft

Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:23 pm

The EVSE cable seems pretty sturdy, but will parking a tire on top of the cable decrease it's lifespan and eventually ruin it?

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