On my 2013 Nissan Leaf I have been using a modified charging cable providing 220 volts for 3 1/2 years. I got this from evseupgrade located in Berkeley which takes the 110 volt cable you get with the vehicle and transforms it into a 220 charging station and cable for $200. It's worked GREAT! I hired an electrician who for $125 bucks installed a 220 outlet in my driveway (garage is too cluttered to hold a car) and I use it daily without a hitch and I can take it with me when I take long trips. He offers many 220 conversion plugs. The owner of this business expects to be producing Bolt conversions asap.
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I like this way of thinking, but is it legal? Insurance companies don't take too kindly to fires caused by illegal wiring.
If it is not a hard wired device and the outlet/circuit was permitted and inspected, there should be no issue with insurance. Hard wired devices without UL certification may not pass inspection (depends on the jurisdiction and sometimes the specific inspector).3. I can understand your concern regarding insurance, but I checked with mine and they said "no problem." I had a licensed electrician install the 220 plug in my driveway. He said there's no problem legally and would have no impact on insurance.
Sounds like my story too, except my Spark lease is 3+ years now, soon to be replaced with the Bolt.When I purchased a Spark EV two years ago G.M. included a $500 credit toward a Level 2 charger. Several were offered, and I chose a Bosch that retailed for about the same, which basically made it a freebie. I paid an electrician $150 to mount it on the wall of my garage and it has worked flawlessly for the Spark, the Gen 2 Volt that I purchased last Nov. and recently sold to a friend in anticipation of the delivery of a Bolt next month.
Is that the DuraStation one? It seems to be the most affordable charger around and even better if it's reliable. Have you been using it?My second charger is a GE that's available at Home Depot for $399. It's a basic white cube with a simple LED indicator light, nothing fancy. But it has worked great. It should be able to hit the full charging rate of a Bolt EV.