National standards do not require ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) breakers for 50-ampere, 240-volt receptacles (local codes may be more stringent). All 15- or 20-ampere, 240-volt receptacles installed in garages or outdoors should be protected by GFCI breakers since they could be used for air compressors, power tools, or other cord and plug-connected equipment. EVSEs that comply with national codes and standards have internal ground fault protection and their supply cords are a maximum of 12 inches in length so you should have your EVSE available and determine the mounting location before installing a new receptacle for it. Follow branch circuit requirements noted in the EVSE installation instructions.
Some 30-ampere (or higher), 240-volt EVSEs which are intended for permanent mounting (whether plug-connected or hard-wired such as the AeroVironment unit I purchased in 2011) will trip standard GFCI breakers because they pass a small leakage current as a method to test the equipment ground connection. I had to replace a GFCI breaker with a standard 40-ampere breaker to use my AeroVironment EVSE. Any EVSE that is truly intended to be portable should be suitable for use with a receptacle that matches its plug protected by a GFCI breaker of appropriate current rating.
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