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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-01-2019, 07:38 PM
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So let it cool before charging or it’s fine to charge when you first get home?
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-01-2019, 11:17 PM
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So let it cool before charging or itís fine to charge when you first get home?
I charge right when I get home IF I was not substantially using the battery during my drive home. Typically, by the time I get home I've already run down the battery all the way earlier in the day, and it likely isn't too hot anymore from just running in normal hybrid mode. But if I've been using EV mode substantially on my way home, I wait a couple hours.

No idea what the "right" way is... That's just what I do.

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We presently have two 2013 ford cmax Energi's and I installed a Siemens universal versicharge 30amp level 2 charger in my garage. First I ran a 40amp 240v outlet to the garage. I still have 20 EV miles in the summer, only 10 in the winter. I went 1500 miles on 7 gallons of gas last summer. I fast charge daily, usually multiple times. But I live in Minnesota. I am hoping the Niro EV becomes available near here eventually.
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Because of having the level 2 charger in my garage I drive mainly in EV mode all summer and average 50 mpge in the winter. My wife averages 56 mpge in the winter, 170 mpge in the summer. Mine reads 999.9 mpge in the summer.
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I paid an electrician to do it because he had to add a circuit to the breaker box. I didn't realize you could secure power to everything but the cable coming in from outside the house, so I'd have done it myself and saved a few bucks
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I'll add: a 20a circuit requires 12g wire, not 14g which is used for 15a circuits.
I'll second that, at least AWG 12. Since our cars cannot accept anything higher than 3.3 kW, that translates into a 16 amp draw at 220 VAC. 20 amp capacity is the minimum for not only safety, but for satisfying code requirements.

Also note that these lower powered chargers, or more correctly electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), since the charger itself is contained in the car, come with a variety of different plugs, so make sure you install the correct outlet. The EVSE linked above uses a NEMA 6-20p plug, which appears to be the most common. That's what the EVSE I ordered uses as well. But there are others, so you might wait to install a plug until you at least identify the equipment you're going to buy.

Finally, if you have the least doubt about your ability to work within a live, powered circuit breaker box, please don't! Pay an electrician to do the work and stay safe. Touch the wrong place in that box and you could receive a lethal shock.

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