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Some new ECOtality information from Volt chat

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:26 pm
by evnow ... -volt.html

- ECOtality EVSE can handle 240V, 30 amps
- ECOtality EVSE probably costs around $1,000
- EVSE incorporates a utility certified energy meter that will allow metering of the energy used in your car
The qualification process for The EV Project is a bit different. We will offer any GM Volt purchasers free residential EVSE hardware and a credit of up to $1,200 for installation of our EVSE. This is available for a limited time and is applicable in Seattle, Portland, LA, San Diego, Houston, Dallas and DC. You can express interest at

The EV Project will be working in areas that are zip code based in metropolitan Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Dallas and Washington DC.

All EV Project chargers, both residential and commercial, will be Internet connected. This allows The EV Project to collect data on energy and power associated with each charge and develop a data base of how Volt drivers are utilizing both their home charging infrastructure and charging infrastructure available at commercial locations. This will help optimize infrastructure roll out in future Volt cities.

Apartment dwellers will need to obtain permission of their landlord/building owner to install EVSE. This installation will typically be performed by the landlord/building owner who will likely own the EVSE and charge for access similar to covered parking.

The EV Project will be installing Level 3 (DC fast charging) in Project markets. we will also be electrifying the I5 corridor between Eugene and Seattle, as well as as I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson and connecting the three Project cities in Tennessee. This will give us an excellent opportunity to study the use of DC fast charging in transportation corridors.

The EV Project EVSE incorporates a utility certified energy meter that will allow metering of he energy used in your Volt. We are working with utilities in the Project areas to encourage the use of EV rates that promote off peak charging by providing discounted rates for off peak electricity. This will of course be up to the utility to decide along with their rate commission.

For participants in the EV Project, a web portal will be provided giving access to data for the Volt driver's charging history, both from their home charger and from any charging done at EV Project commercial chargers.

The EV Project EVSE will be capable of charging at 240 volts and up to 30 amperes. The EVSE can be set to a lower maximum current if the homeowners electrical system is limited.

A 30 ampere breaker will typically carry only 80% of that rating continuously. Therefore, your 30 ampere circuit will only support charging at a maximum continuous output current of 24 amperes. To get the full 30 ampere rating a 40 ampere circuit is required.