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I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:21 pm
by whitgallman
An SPX RESIDENTIAL MODEL. There were 4 current settings, 12, 16, 24, & 32 amps at 240V. I had to pass a test on the NEC code to get an electrical permit to do my own work. I chose the 32 amp setting, using a 40 amp breaker and 8/2 NM-B Romex wire. Total cost is $1069.
The inspector will come next Friday. But why rush him, Ford won't sell me an EV Focus until next Spring at the earliest.
Whitgallman@aol.com

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:53 am
by marta
Wow great job!

How long did it take to install it?
Was it difficult or was it pretty straight forward?

Do you have any pictures?

Will you be charging a Ford Focus Electric with this charger? :lol:

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:29 pm
by whitgallman
(how do you add pictures?)
It doesn't seem hard now that I'm done.
ordered stuff from SPX, wiring, breaker, conduit, electrical box, fittings from Lowes
read the installation instructions, contacted county building code dept
studied NEC 2008 for 3 days to take homeowner test to work on own wiring
took 2 hour test, got electrical permit $62.75 for permit
Installed charger box on wall
ran #8 THHN inside watertight conduit from breaker panel outside up through soffet to metal electrical box in the attic
ran 8/2 NM-B from SPX box in garage through two 2X4 wall caps with 3/4" drill, stapled to side of stud
inside attic I could only work 2 to 3 hours a day due to heat (6 AM to 8:30)
Stapled 60' of NM-B every 4' or less along trusses being careful not to step off the truss and fall through the ceiling drywall
made connection inside steel junction box between the THHN and NM-B using blue wirenuts
Called building standards to schedule final inspection
inspector walked down the wiring, tightening the junction box ground, marking the white NM-B wire to tell future electricians that it was a phase lead and not the neutral.
At the breaker panel he said I should have connected the wires to the breaker and put the breaker inplace but leaving it switched off. He wired the breaker and put it in for me. He switched it on. Nothing started smoking. He signed the inspection sticker and took off.

I borrowed a Chevy Volt from work to try out the charging station on. in 45 minutes the Volt went from 27 miles to 34 miles of charge available. Station rated at 32 amps at 240V for Ford Focus electric.

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:52 am
by rfruth
Do you have a Smart Meter, night and weekends plan available ?

http://www.reliant.com/en_US/Page/Shop/ ... k_page.jsp

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 1:17 pm
by whitgallman
No, I don't think this SPX is 'smart'.
Our power company (my employer) does not yet offer 'time of day' power rates.
Duke has offered the first 150 (non-employee) EV buyers in the Duke service area free smart charging stations so they can monitor power use and its effect on the grid.

https://portal.duke-energy.com/OurCompa ... c_Car.aspx

I meant to add to previous notes that part of the work was to add all the major electical loads on my house to show the service/supply wires and main breakers could handle the new load. See NEC 2008 appendix D. I have a gas hot water heater and heat pump backup furnace. So I only use 77 to 85 of the 100 amp service when the EV charger is included.

Whit Gallman

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:06 pm
by marta
Thanks very much for outlinging the process! That doesn't sound too hard afterall - if we do get a Ford Focus Electric maybe I'll get my husband to see about installing the charger himself!

(I don't know how to post pictures on the forum)

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:55 pm
by Charged Up
Whit the nice thing about this charger is that the cord with the j1772 plug is nice and thick so it stays cool while charging... As opposed to the other SPX charger with the round black box.

Did you pay $750 for the charger? It should work with the Focus EV, but then again the Volt had some issues with other chargers.

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:58 pm
by dreamer
Whit - did the inspector come yet? Did you pass? :!:

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:07 am
by srisang1
yet that hasn't stopped a handful of companies from jumping headlong into the world of charging stations. Early on, AeroVironment was really the only company that had devoted itself to developing and building Level II home charging units

Re: I installed my own charging station last week

Posted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:54 pm
by knighterd77
An SPX RESIDENTIAL Posture. There were 4 actual settings, 12, 16, 24, & 32 amps at 240V. I had to overtake a test on the NEC write to get an electrical consent to do my own run. I chose the 32 amp mounting, using a 40 amp quarryman and 8/2 NM-B Romex accommodate. Total toll is $1069.
The investigator leave come close Fri. But why travel him, Fording won't deceive me an EV Conform until succeeding Fountain at the earliest.