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Hi, I'm a soon-to-be-retired police officer. I need to buy a new vehicle by the fall, and only recently started getting serious about a BEV. All my research has pointed solidly to the Bolt, and after test driving one at the Auto Show in Toronto last month, I put down a deposit on one through the Chevrolet dealer in Port Hope. Now the waiting, and the planning, and probably the pestering about delivery dates begins!

I'm looking forward to learning more from people who have obviously done their own research, and who it appears have some really varied experience with EVs. It's also really exciting to be part of what seems like a transportation revolution.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Uxbridge Ontario. My Bolt was ordered January 27 and have a build date of March 27. Look forward to comparing experiences with you.
 

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Welcome to the Bolt board on the net! It's always good to get the perspectives from our friends outside the country. You and I are in the same boat. Looking forward to a Bolt we do not have yet.

Soon, very soon now...
 

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Yes, welcome! I'm also waiting for one. I really think GM should make a big donation to the "not for profit" organization that arranged the EV test drives at the Toronto autoshow. So far everyone I have heard that drove the Bolt there has reserved one!! Myself included!!
 

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Yep mine’s got a target production week of March 27 as well. Will need get moving on trading-up my old iphone 4 to a newer model that will work with carplay + other desireable apps. And need to get decent EVSE installed of course conforming with the province of Ontario charging incentive program requirements.
 

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Yep mine’s got a target production week of March 27 as well. Will need get moving on trading-up my old iphone 4 to a newer model that will work with carplay + other desireable apps. And need to get decent EVSE installed of course conforming with the province of Ontario charging incentive program requirements.
I've settled on the ChargePoint Home 32amp charger. Going to order it this week from autochargers.ca . I've decided to outlay a little more money for this one see as I'll get $500 back - it's included in the Ontario EVSE rebate program. I wanted the connectivity via wifi to my phone so I can see where charging is at as well as getting detailed reports via the ChargePoint webpage.
 

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Hi Doug, Congratulations on placing the order! You're gonna like it, I'll bet! It's worth the wait. I ordered mine on December 7th, production was 1/27, and delivery (in California) on 2/26...
 

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I've settled on the ChargePoint Home 32amp charger.

Me too. But, I'm having trouble finding a retailer for 30 metres of 6/2 NMD cable. Anyone know ?


I'm leaning towards 6 gauge wire versus 8/2 which might be sufficient. The 32A 240V ChargePoint and most other EVSE's other than Tesla, use a NEMA 6-50 style plug (I'm getting the plugged Chargepoint w/18' cord). There's no point struggling with 6/3 cable when I'll never use the neutral wire in my particular installation.
 

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Me too. But, I'm having trouble finding a retailer for 30 metres of 6/2 NMD cable. Anyone know ?


I'm leaning towards 6 gauge wire versus 8/2 which might be sufficient. The 32A 240V ChargePoint and most other EVSE's other than Tesla, use a NEMA 6-50 style plug (I'm getting the plugged Chargepoint w/18' cord). There's no point struggling with 6/3 cable when I'll never use the neutral wire in my particular installation.
Sorry I can't help you out there on where to find the 6/2 NMD cable. Previous owners of our house had a hot tub and we're using the cabling from that to supply the EVSE. Have you tried Home Depot at all?
 

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Sorry I can't help you out there on where to find the 6/2 NMD cable. Previous owners of our house had a hot tub and we're using the cabling from that to supply the EVSE. Have you tried Home Depot at all?


Yes Home Depot was my first stop. Only 6/3 is stocked there. Then I tried two different electrical supply specialists, one of which phoned around the city looking for a piece of 6/2. No luck. And no retailer wants to order a big roll of 6/2 from the supplier. Looks like I'm going with the 6/3 regardless. My electrician will know what to do with the extra wire.
 

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Yes Home Depot was my first stop. Only 6/3 is stocked there. Then I tried two different electrical supply specialists, one of which phoned around the city looking for a piece of 6/2. No luck. And no retailer wants to order a big roll of 6/2 from the supplier. Looks like I'm going with the 6/3 regardless. My electrician will know what to do with the extra wire.
You can always buy two runs of 6/1 single conductors and band them together with tape. Just put a band about every two feet or so.
 

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You can always buy two runs of 6/1 single conductors and band them together with tape. Just put a band about every two feet or so.


Well now I think about it again. It might be worth the extra effort working around the joists vents pipes household wiring etc in my finished basement in order to fish the 6/3 cable. A prewired Tesla-friendly garage sure won’t hurt as a little extra “selling feature” of the house.
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Well now I think about it again. It might be worth the extra effort working around the joists vents pipes household wiring etc in my finished basement in order to fish the 6/3 cable. A prewired Tesla-friendly garage sure won’t hurt as a little extra “selling feature” of the house.
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The third wire is for the ground. All 240v AC must be grounded. You want the third wire, it's not just a Tesla thing.
 

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Yep mine’s got a target production week of March 27 as well. Will need get moving on trading-up my old iphone 4 to a newer model that will work with carplay + other desireable apps. And need to get decent EVSE installed of course conforming with the province of Ontario charging incentive program requirements.

When did you order? I ordered mid Feb and still don't have a target production week.

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The third wire is for the ground. All 240v AC must be grounded. You want the third wire, it's not just a Tesla thing.


In my case the 6/2 cable would have had three wires: black, white & ground. Sufficient to service a NEMA 6-50 plug outlet. Which in turn would have adequately serviced a plugged Chargepoint 32A EVSE with a male 6-50 plug.


The 6/3 cable has four wires: black, red, white & ground. This would service a NEMA 14-50 plug outlet a-la Tesla’s plug config or some other plugged EVSEs.


I don’t understand the technical aspects of the four-wire. Something about additional load balancing capability. I understand that capability wouldn’t be required in my particular 6-50 plugged Chargepoint EVSE installation. But I’ve concluded the 6/3 cable, versus 6/2, albeit higher price and more difficult to “fish” across the basement ceiling to the garage, will be good as a “future proofing” step should a Tesla owner wish to buy my house..
 

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When did you order? I ordered mid Feb and still don't have a target production week.

--Steve

I ordered December 27th at dealer #2 . After cancelling my December 15th order at dealer #1 upon finding out dealer #1 didn’t have sufficient Bolt allocation that would give me a build in Q1 or Q2. And I was mad at dealer #1 because he didn’t contact me to let me know GM Canada was accepting Bolt orders as early as November.
 

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I installed 6-3 for my EVSE along with a 40A breaker. I did that because I wanted the 14-50R receptacle as my JuiceBox has a 14-50P plug. Got the wire from Home Depot. I can always upgrade to a 50A breaker as the wire has the capacity.

I'd be surprised if you could get someone to this as a two-wire service (Yes, it's never going to actually have any power flowing through the neutral for your EVSE case, but the general case has to assume X or Y to Neutral (two 120 volt legs) at fully current, thus the need for a full size neutral wire.
Pulling that cable was a huge pain in the neck - around 150 foot in my case. But it's fun to watch it peg at 32A.
 
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