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Purchasing a home charging station

Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:54 pm

I have just purchased a new Nissan LEAF and will be getting a home charger soon. I would like to have a pedestal charger since I don't have a garage, carport of a convenient place to install the charger on my house.

The EV Project makes it possible for me to get a $1200 rebate on the Ecotality (BLINK) home charger. However, they do not sell pedestals to residences.

Advice? Should I get a post to mount it on or is anyone aware of another manufacturer that I should check in to?

BTW, I live in Middle Tennessee.

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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:29 pm

Tell them you run a busines out of your home ;) :roll:
Although I bet they are expensive. Schneider and Coulomb have pedestals.

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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:34 pm

To be clear, ECOtality would provide a wall charging station for free and $1200 towards installation. Many folks are getting the station and installation for free, if the installation isn't too difficult or the distance isn't too long.

If you can take advantage of this offer, it shouldn't be difficult to make up your own pole / fence post / mounting bracket arrangement to have them attach the charging station to.

Would you trench for the power/lan connection or how would that be made? How far from the power source would it be?

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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:38 pm

Thanks for the info.

The distance to where the unit would be installed isn't too far. Maybe 30' at the most (if I go around a patio rather than under).

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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:52 am

Clipper Creek makes them robust and has a pedestal available. Problem is price. Maybe your local EAA has contacts to WestCoast EAAs for an old Avcon (which can be converted to J1772) that's been decommissioned (but still in working condition) ? (See here, scroll down to the 3rd picture, on the left.)
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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:52 am

If you install a pedestal (metal, wood, or heavy-duty PVC),
make sure that you get the conduit for the wiring done properly.

Consider adding a sturdy housing that would easily contain
the "big" Blink (and cable), and be lockable for safety and security.

Almost more of an outhouse or shed to hold the Blink,
if you decide to use it.

Also, consider moisture, impact by people or a vehicle, and temperature.
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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:13 pm

Thank you so much. Those are very helpful suggestions.

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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:12 am

smkettner wrote:Tell them you run a busines out of your home ;) :roll:
You don't want to do that, or else you will get stuck paying $1 per hour to charge at your own home once ECOtality turns on the fees! :D
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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:03 pm

schneider makes a nice pedastal mount for around 2000.00 plus install Charge-A-Lot in columbia tennessee has installed many and all the schneider offices in tennessee have them. you can reach bryan at chargealot.com and he will give you a free est. you must also consider tennessee uses the 2008 nec and all evse must be ul listed so be careful.
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Re: Purchasing a home charging station

Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:11 pm

bryan3840, thank you. I will definitely check into this.

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