Gigi wrote:I have thought of installing a second EVSE. Our current unit is only 3.8kWh and a 7.2kWh unit would give the Electric faster charges, but 3 or 4 hours versus 5 or 6 hours charging time makes no difference in the middle of the night while we are asleep. For the present, there are higher priorities on my "to do" list and I don't mind being the "plug jockey."
Plug Jockey... so that's what it's called!
Following your lead, I now have a PHEV+BEV household... two BEVs as of last week, here's the story, along with a fuzzy picture:
...and with and no L2 at home, this Plug Jockey has been spending at least several minutes each night strategizing what to plug where and for how long, while maximizing charging during super-off-peak (12am-6am). Fortunately there are two outlets reachable from the driveway - one in the garage and another on the east side of the garage, each on separate 20A circuits. There is a third outlet on the west side of the house, but I have to run a 100ft extension in front of the house to get to it... used it a few times on the Volt, which has an 8A Level 1 charging mode, but I try to avoid it. It's safe at the lower amperage, but it kinda looks ghetto... one of the neighbors might spot the extension cord strewn across the front steps and give me crap, i.e. ask if I am getting an early start on Christmas lights.
There's a 220v 20A outlet in the garage, and I am close to plunking down $500 for a 16A EVSE... but I'm struggling with whether or not I should upgrade the circuit now to 50A, so the RAV4 EV can be charged full-bore (40A). I'm leaning toward just getting the 16A Clipper Creek for now, then putting in a new 50A circuit for the RAV4 down the road sometime. My wife drives the RAV4 less than 20 miles/day, so I really never need to fully charge that big battery overnight... yet. Any advice would be appreciated.
There is a truck in the fleet, a '07 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Hemi, pretty much for the same reasons y'all have. Anxiously awaiting a decent full-sized plug-in truck, hopefully one hits the market at a reasonable price before the Ram wears out...