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Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:19 am
by daveowenville
I have an existing, relatively recent 220V electric dryer connection in my garage, perfectly located (installed before I bought the house.) It's two 20amp breakers ganged together, and the wires are in great shape. Is this (in theory) suitable, or does it sound like I need to replace it (with a single dual-pole 40amp breaker, for instance)?

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:32 am
by smkettner
daveowenville wrote:I have an existing, relatively recent 220V electric dryer connection in my garage, perfectly located (installed before I bought the house.) It's two 20amp breakers ganged together, and the wires are in great shape. Is this (in theory) suitable, or does it sound like I need to replace it (with a single dual-pole 40amp breaker, for instance)?
Will not be approved for Aerovironment install.
I believe it would be fine with a 16a Leviton unit and give plenty of power for the 3.3Kw LEAF charger.
What size wire? #12 is 20a max, #10 is 30a, #8 is needed for 40a. 20a seems small for a dryer.

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:39 pm
by garygid
AV should be able to install on a 20-amp breaker-circuit, and set their "max-current" for 15 (or 16) amps instead of 30 (or 32).

However, you might want to consider the www.ev-chargeamerica.com L2 EVSE now on sale for $649.

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:46 pm
by LindaK
FYI..... Just talked to AV about possibly buying a unit (alone) and having my electrician do the other work and got this other piece of info. If you purchase the charging unit stand alone ($721.12 +shipping+tax) you will only get a 3 year parts/service warranty, and will have to ship the unit TO THEM for any repairs. If you have AV do the installation, the e-year warranty covers ON SITE service. To me, for a new piece of electronics, that warranty info is important. How important we have yet to see, as not a single unit is installed to a consumer yet.

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:07 pm
by JPC2822
With the amount of $ you save getting a licensed electrician do the electrical work you can buy a brand new AV charger if the one you have malfunctions or breaks! AV is at the bottom of my list in regards to the home chargers. I do not like companies who price gouge! It is unfortunate that Nissan chose AV as their home charger "partners". AV is dishonest and manipulating their pricing!

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:33 pm
by garygid
I thought the AV stand-alone warranty was only 1 year, not 3.

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:47 pm
by smkettner
Leviton product has 10 year warranty

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:00 pm
by hill
mwalsh wrote:
JPC2822 wrote: I called AV and they agreed that the price of their contracted electrician seems high. I asked about purchasing just the charging system. AV stated that I could do this although it would not have the warranty on installation or something.
Wait a minute, that's a 180 degree swing from what many of us have been told by AV in preceding weeks. Those who inquired until now have been told in no uncertain terms that AV will not sell an EVSE to anyone but their authorized contractor. So if that is true, then things are starting to turn for the better!
(UPDATE)
... turn for the better? Maybe. Just today (Monday the 27th), if you inquire by phone, for the first time AV's people are responding, "in two months" (plus all the necessary waivers) if you wish to buy their EVSE w/out one of their installers putting it in. IOW, no 2010 tax credit for you. Now the Feds may ultimately bring the credit back for subsequent tax years ... but who knows.

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Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:17 pm
by EVDRIVER
hill wrote:
mwalsh wrote:
JPC2822 wrote: I called AV and they agreed that the price of their contracted electrician seems high. I asked about purchasing just the charging system. AV stated that I could do this although it would not have the warranty on installation or something.
Wait a minute, that's a 180 degree swing from what many of us have been told by AV in preceding weeks. Those who inquired until now have been told in no uncertain terms that AV will not sell an EVSE to anyone but their authorized contractor. So if that is true, then things are starting to turn for the better!
(UPDATE)
... turn for the better? Maybe. Just today (Monday the 27th), if you inquire by phone, for the first time AV's people are responding, "in two months" (plus all the necessary waivers) if you wish to buy their EVSE w/out one of their installers putting it in. IOW, no 2010 tax credit for you. Now the Feds may ultimately bring the credit back for subsequent tax years ... but who knows.

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What do you mean no tax credit? Two months from now would be Nov 27 ish, all you need is a receipt by Dec 31 to get the credit. If you buy that over priced unit that is. Where is the tax issue.

Re: Aerovironment EVSE install information

Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:33 pm
by Bob4017
The tax issue is if you think Nov. 27 is the end of the year.