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    Need a level 2 charger

    I need to get a level 2 charger asap for my 500e .
    Don't know which one is good or bad.
    Any suggestions or advice?
    Best route to take?
    I am located in Los Angeles.
    Thanks

    currently looking at this two EV charger besides price not sure whats the difference between this 2.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-EV-Cha...CP01/205808537


    http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-EV-Cha...CP01/203001939
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    Not a bad price, one is set up to be hard wired, and the other apparently will plug into a dryer outlet and comes in pretty colors.

    I added a dryer plug to my juicebox and have the outlet in the garage so I can take it with me if needed.

    Greg

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    Hi xRYD3Rx, not sure if you will receive this, but saw your post one year ago about the level 2 charger. Just yesterday (2/28/16) I purchased the GE charger from Home Depot, the hardwired one. For a Fiat 500e. Wondering if you ended up buying one from HD and if you had success in using it. We live in Santa Clarita. Thanks in advance.

    For others that might be able to offer thoughts, this is what I purchased:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-EV-Cha...CP01/205808537

    I assume & sure hope it will work on a Fiat 500e. Thanks all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmurphy5 View Post
    Hi xRYD3Rx, not sure if you will receive this, but saw your post one year ago about the level 2 charger. Just yesterday (2/28/16) I purchased the GE charger from Home Depot, the hardwired one. For a Fiat 500e. Wondering if you ended up buying one from HD and if you had success in using it. We live in Santa Clarita. Thanks in advance.

    For others that might be able to offer thoughts, this is what I purchased:

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-EV-Cha...CP01/205808537

    I assume & sure hope it will work on a Fiat 500e. Thanks all.
    Looks like a nice unit providing more than enough power (7.2 kWh) for the 500e.

    I'm not an electrician, but be sure the circuit (wiring and breaker) is sufficient for to handle 30 amps. I'm guessing you will need wiring and breaker to handle 40 amps to be safe and comply with "code". Again, I'm not an electrician!

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    Thanks CraigM. Appreciate the feedback. I spent an hour on the phone with SoCal Edison earlier, discussing rates, time-of-day plans, etc. What I'm trying to figure out is how to determine how many kWh will be used by the car. Is it as simple as, taking my charger for example, the charger pulls 7.2kW. If the car charges for 4 hours then I've used 28.8 kWh (7.2 * 4) ? Multiply 28.8 by 20 (average of 20 work/commute days) per month comes to 576 kWh? It seems to make sense, I'll poke around some other posts & see if anyone else has explained the calculations, but figured I would write since you were nice enough to reply to my post from earlier. Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmurphy5 View Post
    Thanks CraigM. Appreciate the feedback. I spent an hour on the phone with SoCal Edison earlier, discussing rates, time-of-day plans, etc. What I'm trying to figure out is how to determine how many kWh will be used by the car. Is it as simple as, taking my charger for example, the charger pulls 7.2kW. If the car charges for 4 hours then I've used 28.8 kWh (7.2 * 4) ? Multiply 28.8 by 20 (average of 20 work/commute days) per month comes to 576 kWh? It seems to make sense, I'll poke around some other posts & see if anyone else has explained the calculations, but figured I would write since you were nice enough to reply to my post from earlier. Thank you again.
    You're looking at it OK, but you might want to tweek your figures a little.

    First, the 500e only pulls 6.6kWh. Your EVSE is capable of 7.2, but the car can only draw 6.6. No problem, you are future proofed for you next EV that might be able to use the full 7.2kWh.

    Assuming the car pulls 6.6 from the EVSE, the EVSE will actually pull a little more than that from "the wall". The EVSE uses a little bit itself. I really have no idea how much, might be insignificant?

    Do you REALLY think you will require a full 4 hour charge every workday?

    Possibly another way to estimate your cost is to divide your estimated monthly miles by your estimated miles per kWh. In the two years I've had my 500e, the Access App claims I've averaged 4.5 miles/kWh. In my example, if my commute is 30 miles round trip (600 miles for 20 days) I could divide 600 / 4.5 = 133. My electric rate is just over 11 cents/kWh, so my monthly commute would cost about $15. I hope my math / thinking isn't screwed up :-)

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    We went about a month without Level 2 charging at home. My wife has a 90-mile roundtrip from OC to DTLA and has free Level 2 charging at her garage. There also a lot of ChargePoint $1/hr charging stations around us in Newport Beach/Irvine/Costa Mesa (there are four 1/4 mi from our house). I decided to pull the trigger and buy a Clipper Creek LCS-25P off Craigslist for $320. It plugs right into my 240V dryer receptacle and it charges at 4.8kWh/h…not the fastest, but it'll have the Fiat fully charged overnight.

    I'll consider upgrading to a WiFi enabled charging station (Juicebox or ChargePoint) when I have a solar array installed in a few months. I'll want to run a new 50amp line (maybe a 100amp line to future proof) to the garage.

    I was hunting for "EVSE -tesla," "EV charging," and "EV charger" on eBay and craigslist for about a week before I bought the Clipper Creek.

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    I'm looking at this one. Will let you know if/when I purchase it and how well it works. Would value fdbk from anyone familiar with it: http://www.ecrater.com/p/25375494/ev...id=81021731659

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekdaddy View Post
    I'm looking at this one. Will let you know if/when I purchase it and how well it works. Would value fdbk from anyone familiar with it: http://www.ecrater.com/p/25375494/ev...id=81021731659
    I just ordered one and I will give you a update when it arrives.

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