fox
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God forsaken 8 amp default

Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:11 pm

I could piss and moan for an hour how upset I am about this safety "feature" but I digress as I'd rather ask you kind people outright...
If I buy and install a level 2 charger 240v at my house will I still have to select this BS 12 amp every time or does it just do it?
Is there a different way to make this happen, yes I could probably get in the habit of click click(blow my brains out right?) 12 amp selection EVERY TIME but I could also just drive a gas car and you don't see me doing that because it's easy, or I don't know, keep my 500e and send this packing. I went to college for programming and this here is f'ing piss poor.




*Chevy great car but STUPID decision on this excuse of a setting!!!(it never stays)... Seriously rant over, thanks for coming!

scrambler
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:47 pm

No need to switch anything when using 240Volt.
This is the way to go, no questions asked. Twice the charging speed, no setting to worry about :)

fox
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:49 am

Will cost me at least $229 to solve chevys mistake but thank you scrambler, that makes my day!!

NORTON
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:31 am

:lol: This very subject comes up weekly on the Volt forum with newb owners who are pissed. :lol:
It may have been covered here many times, also.....
It's a lawyer thing. I don't know if any other EV's do it this way.

The usual answer is: RTFM. But I won't say that this time. :(

What's sad is in the early days of the Volt they'd hand off a Volt for a multi-day review and never mention, "Oh, BTW, you got to select 12A every time when charging with 120V. It buried in a bunch of finger taps, somewhere..." Then you'd see articles about "Volt takes forever to charge on 120V ..."

The Gen 2 Volt at least lets you select your home location for always using 12A with the GPS system knowing where you are.

If you're into EV's you have to get an L2. If you are paying to have a 240 V outlet installed, go BIG now (7.2kW) . You know this won't be your last EV!
Used '14 2LT w/ DCFC. +85k miles.
Mostly free charging! Only one LONG visit to the shop....
GM needs Modern Troubleshooting tools for Modern EV's.
3 step Trouble Tree, 1st try car died again, 2nd try / cost $800. 3rd try fixed the problem.

SparkE
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:26 am

NORTON wrote: If you are paying to have a 240 V outlet installed, go BIG now (7.2kW) . You know this won't be your last EV!
If you are paying an electrician to have wire pulled to a new location, THAT is where you want to not skimp. Pay the extra $50 or $75 to put in VERY THICK copper wiring, and not the smallest you can get away with right now. Go 6 gauge NOW. You really should install a 50 or 60 amp breaker as well, but that's relatively easy to fix later - pulling new wire is NOT.

fox
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:06 pm

I installed the current 110v in their now and I'll install a 240v soon as the breaker box is literally 3 feet from the plug on my car :).

scrambler
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:56 pm

For the record, setting your house on fire by running 12 amps charging for 10+ hours in a row, day after day, on a line / outlet not quite up to par is real :)

The solution was what was done on the Volt Gen2, which is to add Location based charging, so that it would remember the location that is OK to charge at 12 Amps.

fox
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Tue Mar 21, 2017 2:35 pm

The wiring for this outlet is better than constant 240v and have left the car plugged in for a week at a time.

Pegasus
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:45 am

I think Scrambler means that when in doubt, it's best to charge at the lower rate. Think of how many people that don't read manuals (or warning signs) and will just plug in to any old 120V outlet without a thought and would wonder why they keep blowing their breaker if the car's default was 12A! (Or worse, start a fire on sub-par circuits.)

SparkevBlogspot
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Re: God forsaken 8 amp default

Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:30 am

Some people ignore the rules and use extension cord and power strip (I admit nothing!). Some of them are not rated for much, making them run warm at 8A (low end vacuum cleaner), but very hot at 12A (portable AC unit). Some even melt those cheap things at 12A. Don't ask me how I know.

Frankly, I'm glad it defaults to 8A for safety since I use L1 only when out at friends' house etc. with unknown current capability.

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