⇐   January 28th, 2018   ⇒ 

Copyright 2018 Michael Anttila

In January I finally got a Level 2 charger installed for the new car. Technically I shouldn't call it a "charger". The charge controller is actually inside the car - the unit I needed to install in my garage is an "EVSE" (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), and is basically a very fancy power cable.

The unit I decided to buy was the Sun Country Highway EV40, which is actually a Clipper Creek HCS-40 which has been repackaged for sale in Canada. I had to buy a "Canadian" unit in order to qualify for the government rebate. So in theory I should get 50% of the purchase price back from the government.

It is able to supply a full 32 amps at 240 volts, which is able to give me a full charge (from empty) in around 8 hours. This means that I'm able to start each morning with a full charge, and it also means that I can limit my charging to off-peak hours only for maximum cost savings.

I should also get an additional $500 back from the government to cover half of the installation cost. Installation was a little tricky since the garage is on the complete opposite side of the house from the electrical panel. In the end I needed over 90 feet of new cable, but my electrician friend Scott managed to find a route through the house that was minimally invasive, so a casual guest won't even notice that there is a new high voltage line running through the house.

Now that this is installed, any range anxiety issues I had with the Level 1 charging have completely gone away. So far the most energy we have used in a day of driving is 50% of the battery capacity, and it was easily back up to full the next morning.

Technical Details: This photo was taken with my 5D Mark II + EF 17-40L at 23mm, ISO 100, f/8 for 2 seconds.

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