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Chevy Volt charging station

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If you want the most out of your Volt, you have to buy a charging station. The price tag for the Volt (I don't believe it comes with the car) charging station is a few thousand dollars.

 

Does anyone know what the actual lifetime of a charging station is? Do they measure it in terms of complete car recycles, of amps per year, or .... what? Such a station must throw off a fair bit of heat, so lifetime would be dependent in part on ventilation, and that's a matter of how and where installed. Still, there have to be figures, and perhaps some of them are publically known.

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"charging station" is just a fancy cord with a 230v plug, it should never wear out unless cord or plug start to deteriorate.

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Just a fancy cord? House current isn't usually to be had at 230v. Somewhere there has to be a step-up. There will be waste heat, so you'd better have spare capacity in the electrical board, no? No ventilation or heat disposal worries?

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Just a fancy cord? House current isn't usually to be had at 230v. Somewhere there has to be a step-up. There will be waste heat, so you'd better have spare capacity in the electrical board, no? No ventilation or heat disposal worries?

 

EVERY modern house has 230v to it. just need to run a circuit to the location of the fancy cord.

 

the Volt is made to be charged with a regular 115v power cord all the fancy cord does is allow it to charge faster with the higher input voltage.

 

probably not enough of a load to generate any heat in a breaker panel.

electric ranges, water heaters, air conditioners would all be using more electricity on larger circuits than the car charger would.

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^Compare kilowatt hours to gas prices. Depending on your electric charges, you could pay more to charge a battery than gas.

 

And TED is right, every "modern" house has 230 v service. If you pull the cover off your electric panel, you will see 3 bus bars. One on the left, one on the right, and one either top or bottom. Left and right are both hot, creating 230. What I believe the "Station" is that makes it so much money, is that it INCLUDES a buck-boost transformer in it that boosts the 115 that you would have run to that location, and turns it into 230v. This really is 1, counter-productive, because you don't get more power, unless you pull from multiple circuits, and 2, buck-boost transformers are cheap, if you don't want a fancy looking one, probably $300, plus about an hour installation from a licensed electrician. My guess is they market it in some fancy box that you just plug and play, and charge through the nose because people don't know any better.

 

 

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