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220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:26 am

I just purchased a used 2018 Leaf from Japan and I intend to use it in the West. However, the rating on the charging cord says Input/Output 200V 15 Amps but my home supply is 220 V. Is it safe to charge the car directly from the 220 V supply or would it cause damage to the battery or anything in the car?

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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:59 pm

Since voltage is the crux of the matter here, you should know that home voltage in the US is (and has been for many decades) 240 volts, with 120 volts (not 110) as the common outlet voltage. Some commercial installations and a very few townhouses use 208 volts. The issue of the Japanese EVSE has come up before, but I don't remember the answer. I'm sure that someone here will.
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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:57 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:59 pm
Since voltage is the crux of the matter here, you should know that home voltage in the US is (and has been for many decades) 240 volts, with 120 volts (not 110) as the common outlet voltage. Some commercial installations and a very few townhouses use 208 volts. The issue of the Japanese EVSE has come up before, but I don't remember the answer. I'm sure that someone here will.
It's possible the OP is in Western Europe, which does use 220v(no 110 or 120v)......
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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:03 pm

True enough. I'm so used to people in the US writing "220" that I tend to forget that Europe actually uses that voltage. If that's the case I apologize to the OP.
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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:48 pm

Sorry Folks, my bad. When I said "West", I meant in the West Indies where many island countries use 110/220 V domestic supply. If I do not get any feasible responses in the next few days, I think I may just have to invest in a step-down transformer just to be sure, thereby mitigating the risk of damaging anything. Thanks for the attention. I am still going to keep my eyes and ears open for advice.
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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:13 pm

The onboard charger should be OK, but I don't know about the external cable unit (called EVSE for electric vehicle service equipment in the USA).
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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:41 pm

I know there are a lot of importers to some regions like New Zealand whom we can hopefully get info on what they can handle. I suspect Gary is right that the onboard charger will be fine. There are often other funny problems like radio stations being just off what the locals are.

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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:33 am

Why not just purchase a EVSE that will handle a larger input voltage range, rather than purchasing a step-down transformer? The latter would be expensive, I would think.

Something similar to this should work:

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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:09 pm

The radio stations are definitely off and needs to be reprogrammed, but I can get that done.
I can also get my hands on a 220/240 V EVSE, but I was worried about the on-board unit receiving the 220V and whether it could damage anything there. I really appreciate all the advice rendered. I will now go speak to my Importing Agent and his car technician about the advice received. EV's are relatively new here, so the technicians are still on the uphilll side of the learning curve.

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Re: 220 V charging outlet on a 200 V Japanese car

Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:31 pm

According to page 9-4 of the 2018 owners manual, the on board charger accepts both 220V and 240V single phase input voltages.
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