Best Home Chargers For Your Money


A charger for every garage!

So, you’ve bought your first electric car. Congratulations! This means you’ll probably also want to buy a home charging station, commonly referred to as an EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment), in order to fill your vehicle’s battery from the comfort of your garage.

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There are a couple main types to choose from: wall-mounted and portable. While it’s great to have a portable EVSE, and most electric cars comes with one,  we recommend the former so you can take full advantage of your car’s on-board AC charger and considerably reduce charging times. Wall-mounted EVSE can either be hard-wired or plug into an outlet, so if you already have a outlet on a 220-volt circuit in a suitable location, you may be able to save on the cost of an electrician. As a side note, if you are going the plug-in route, it’s important to make sure the your intended outlet and EVSE plug are compatible.

Get a charge out of this – ClipperCreek CP-50: Charging Station Installer’s Best Friend

Wall-mounted chargers also have distinct advantages aside from speed. They usually have more features (such as Wi-Fi connectivity), typically offer some sort of cord management, and can increase the value of your home. With the onset of an electric vehicle revolution, the number of companies offering an EVSE has greatly increased, so we’ve waded into the marketplace and chosen a few we’d buy for our own garages.


eMotorWerks JuiceBox Pro 40

From humble beginnings, eMotorWerks has become one of the most popular EVSE manufacturers, due to its competitive pricing and features. The company was recently bought by Italian manufacturer and electricity supplier Enel.

We especially like the JuiceBox Pro 40 model with WiFi. As the name suggests, it’s rated for 40 amps and can supply up to 10 kW, more than enough for most of today’s electric vehicles. Many of its functions can be controlled using the company’s JuiceNet app. This unit comes ready to plug in (there is also a hardwired version available). It can be plugged into a “dryer,” RV-type, or regular wall outlet with available adapters. It is currently priced at $579.00 with free shipping.

ClipperCreek HCS-40

Established in 2006, Clipper Creek products have long been a solid choice for electric vehicle owners. It’s reputation was burnished early on when Tesla chose it as its charger of choice for its first model: the Roadster. Although they have a number of different models, we would choose the HCS-40.

This 32-amp unit will allow for 7.7 kW of energy, which is just enough juice for most electric vehicles sold today. The Chevy Bolt, for example, features a 7.2 kW onboard charger. It comes with a 25-foot cord and a wall holster for the J1772 connecter, for when it’s not in use. The hard-wired version is priced at $565, while the plug-in type (HCS-40P) — for either NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 outlets — is $589.


ChargePoint Home

ChargePoint is a name well known to many electric vehicle drivers, as they operate the largest public charging network in the US. They also offer a smart  EVSE solution for private residences. ChargePoint Home is a 32-amp EVSE that offers up to 7.7 kW of energy, which is enough for most modern EVs. Self updating over WiFi, it can be used with Nest as well as with a mobile app to set charging times or check your car’s charge status, among other things.

Available in several configurations — plug-in or hardwired, 18-foot or 25-foot cord — ChargePoint Home runs between $519 and $599.


Aerovironment EVSE-RS

AeroVironment is the granddaddy of electric vehicle companies, having been in business over 30 years and involved in such early efforts as the GM’s breakthrough solar-powered Sunraycer. They build commercial chargers as well as branded home EVSE for several different automakers.  For most owners, its EVSE-RS is a solid 32-amp performer. Available in either hard-wired or plug-in formats with a 25-foot charging cord, they are priced on its EV Solutions website starting at $549.

Siemens VersiCharge

Not only does industrial giant Siemens make electric motors and other components for electric vehicles, it also offers the most affordable EVSE option on our list. The 32-amp Siemens VersiCharge comes with a weatherproof enclosure comes with a 20ft cable and plugs into a NEMA 6-50 outlet. Though it is offered at both Lowes and Home Depot stores, Amazon has the best deal currently at $459.99.

Tesla Wall Connector

While the chargers listed above are compatible with every EV on the road today, if you want to charge a Tesla product with one, you will need an adapter — available on the Tesla website for $95 — to attach the J1772 plug to your Model S, E, or X. Alternatively, if you are a Tesla owner, the California automaker offers the very attractive Wall Connector in a wide variety of power levels and plug/hard-wire configurations starting at $500.

While we have listed a half dozen of our favorites, there are many other models out there, some of which might be more suited to your particular application. There are even some variants of the ones listed above that offer more features, ruggedized enclosures, and higher powers. As well, many manufacturers offer a number of different accessories, such as  mounting posts for outside installations. Of course, if you ever have any questions about home charging stations (or any EV-related issue, really), you can get answers on the community on the InsideEVs Forum.

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MTN Ranger

I recently bought a used gen 1 UMC on eBay for a net price of $100 after I sold off the adapters. With my recently installed NEMA 14-50, it’s the cheapest way to get 40A of charging.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

That’s one hellofa steal there!!!

MTN Ranger

They guy gave me 2 J1772 and 2 NEMA 5/15 adapters along with the UMC and bag for $300. I promptly sold them on eBay since they are in fairly high demand. So $300 -20-20-122-90. So actually only $48 after eBay/Paypal/shipping fees! BTW, I checked to make sure it works too.


This is limited to 32amps. Which might be fine for many but the Juicebox is 40amps for a similar price.


Are there any EV’s with J1772 ports whose chargers can accept more than 32 A (7.7 kW @ 240 V)? If not, why would a 40 A EVSE be superior to a 32 A EVSE?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

The only one I know of is the 2012-2014 Rav4 EV but they stopped making it. The sh1tty thing about the Rav4 EV is there is no DCFC. If you want that you have to get a third party chademo from quickchargepower.

Of course Tesla’s can.


The Mercedes B-Class electric has a 10kw charger.


We got the HCS-40P with 6-50 in 2014. The plug fits my wife’s pottery kiln outlet, so no need for a circuit install.

We don’t use it a lot b/c we’re fairly light drivers (the trickle is enough most days), but since our only car since 2014 is a Leaf we felt we needed a quick-turnaround home charger just in case.

It’s been very reliable and provides peace of mind that indeed, even if we get home low on charge we can always fill up for the next morning, or at least fill up for a local trip by the time we get organized.

The price is now ~$80 cheaper than it was then, but we still got the 30% Federal tax credit which is gone now, I think.


I have both the HCS-40 and ChargePoint home and have been incredibly happy with both. The ChargePoint is nice for having logs of all the charges, the Clipper Creek has been rock solid but is a bit industrial looking.


I use the JuiceBox 40 for my Leaf at work(no internet control, very basic). They wouldn’t install a charger but let me install a 14-50R and I plug it in every day. It has worked perfectly for 2 1/2 years and when the Leaf is gone and replaced with my Model 3 it will be installed at home for a second charger there. Or maybe I will simply sell it. I haven’t decided yet. But it has worked rain or shine is small enough to be somewhat portable and I don’t have to worry about screens or other plastic bits to break being it is a steel case.


How much you are willing to sell it for?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

For home my Juicebox 60A kicks AZZ and my backup is an OpenEVSE 40A.


What you charging at 60A, Frank-mobile? J-box was a decent choice for people willing to drive it over to San Carlos for service/upgrade.


Can any of these adjust EVSE signal so that car only pulls 16A? Some have 240V on 20A circuit, which means having 30A+ (6.6kW+) capable car and these 30A+ EVSE would mean tripping the breaker.


Most should allow you to adjust the maximum draw. I know my JuiceBox does.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I know the OpenEVSE can be manually set to throttle down using the menu screen and single button.
I’m positive the Juicbox 40A with WiFi can also.

Dave K

Only the juicebox is adjustable, the others are designed for a 40A circuit. CC (and others) sell EVSEs designed for a 20A circuit, if that’s what you have buy an appropriate unit.


Which is what makes the adjustable ones the better deal since they can work fine on multiple circuits.


The ChargePoint home station has a configurable breaker setting so even if you have the 32A cord and plug you can specify a 20A breaker limit. That will cap the output to 16A.

Tom Moloughney

You can set the amperage on the JuiceBox Pro 40.


Siemens can be adjusted down also.


Or you can replace all that cheap plastic with a robust, waterproof aluminum casing built for Canadian winters. FLO Home ( is certified to operate at temperatures ranging from -40°C to 50°C and the charger’s heavy-duty cable stays flexible even in the deepest cold.

John Hollenberg

Still using my AV EVSE that I bought almost 7 years ago for my Leaf, now using with adapter to charge Tesla Model S. Solid as a rock, the only times it hasn’t charged is when I forgot to plug it in.


I seldom even select 12 amp charging for my Volt since 10 or 11 hours of 8 amp charging will get me 30-33 miles of additional AER. Most days I drive just 20 to 25 miles so a regular 110 outlet at 8 amps is sufficient. Most BEV drivers won’t actually need a 40 amp charger all that frequently, though it is really nice to have it.
Most of the time when I need to charge faster I am taking a break for lunch while on the road. That is the only time I wish my Volt could charge at 6.6 kW rates, even though I seldom charge with the amperage set above 8 amps when I am at home. Odd how that works out.


My Tesla Wall Connector is wired to a 100 amp breaker and will provide 19.2 kw to a double onboard charger Model S. It will also supply lower levels of power to other Tesla models. A friend brought his Model 3 over to test the charging and it charged at a full 48 amps which is about 11.5 kw. For $500, this is the way to go if you own a Tesla.


Why do articles like this keep saying that you can plug into “a 50A outlet, like those used for dryers”? Dryers never use 50A outlets. They are 30A. The common 50A outlet usage in homes is for electric ranges.

Bill Howland

Yeah believe it or not, they’ve been saying the same thing since the 2008 Tesla – and in the intervening ten years there STILL hasn’t been an electric dryer made that draws over 6 kw that can be physically moved to someone’s cellar. Those that do require more are the commercial models which physically cannot be located in a house, and are a pretty rare find anyway since well over 90% of the business is either natural gas (methane), propane, or steam.

A few years later (around 2010) they started saying the 14-50 was a ‘trailer park’ outlet, which was much more truthful.


Agree. And on top of that, many older dryer outlets are not suitable because they lack a ground and use a neutral instead. You would have to rewire and/or upgrade to use them.

We had an electrician put in a 40 amp 240 volt circuit to a NEMA 14-50 outlet in our garage. Works great. And it’s the same outlet most RV parks have, so your EVSE will work there also.

mark atwood

Still way overpriced cables. Wait a couple more years for the chinese to ramp up their j1772 products


The ClipperCreek HCS-40 is an excellent charhing station and is what I use.

I prefer the simplicity of the station. No wi fi connection. No fuss. Just plug it in and forget it. 🙂


Absolutely agree on the ClipperCreek HCS-40 !

There is absolutely nothing to set or adjust. The unit just sits there and does its thing on demand.
Mine is now going into its 5th year mounted outside on the North side of the house.
(That’s the shady side to any OZ people who might be reading).

As a reminder:
The numeric portion of the ClipperCreek product name designates the current rating of the 240 volt dual breaker feeding the HCS-xx unit – not the max. current supplied to the EV.
So: HCS-40 can supply up to 40 x 0.8 Amps (per US code) or 32A x 240V = 7.68kW.
The car itself will back down its draw to 6.6 or 3.3kW as needed depending on its installed charger.
Haven’t tested the HCS-40 on a BMW i3 (7.7kW) but it presumably should work fine.


A very US centric article – most of these aren’t available elsewhere or cost substantially more.
Also these are not chargers but safety equipment.


What, no love for kits? Do they not exist in the States? What about the SimpleEVSE:

…and all of the kits based on it, like the very popular Easy Wallbox:

Sorry I can only find the Easy Wallbox on German sites, but still, a fully functional, 11kW charger with Bluetooth for under 300€? Hard to be that, even if you do have to turn a few screws yourself! I mean come on, people used to convert their own cars; the least we can do now is kit-build our own chargers!

Bill Howland


Control microprocessor and relay outputs (only need fusing, contactor, J1772 connector and cord, and a box- besides this for $60.

The only thing I can see as ‘a bit’ of an issue is 99% of our power systems are not arranged as 240 volts to earth. The NEUTRAL connection, which in your country would be close to ‘earth’ potential, would be at 120 vac difference in North America. I DO note that apparently it is possible to use this on a ‘type 1’ connector at 400 volts – so apparently the unit can be adjusted if necessary to tolerate 120-230 vac on the Neutral Terminal? NO?

(The 80 ampere setting is also very attractive.. The only negative I see is lack of a RCD (Residual Current Detector), what we in the states refer to as a Ground-Fault.)

Bill Howland

I guess I’ll have to wait for Davek to answer, since I looked at the ‘typical’ 400 volt connection, and the N is still at earth potential essentially. No Clue if this is mandatory operation or not.


I’ve had great results with openevse:

If the prices are too high, they also offer the build docs so that you can source your own parts.

Mark C

I recently bought a Chevy Bolt and then a Clipper Creek HCS-50, which is a 40A charger. The CC HCS-40 is a fine choice that, at 32A, is all the Bolt can use. I got the next larger size in case my next EV might benefit from it.

Any properly installed, good quality 32A capacity charger would charge the Bolt completely overnight, but I’ve never run mine down enough to be concerned.

Bill Howland

I know they claim they don’t receive any ad money for mentioning the vendors that they do, but (I’ve mentioned this several times before), why doesn’t IEV’s mention low cost quality charging cords that many, many people are buying, such as my $199 DUOSIDA unit with heavy cords, and substantial housings (cord is rated for 900 volts – assuming Chinese standards, and is essentially #13 AWG – about halfway between #14 and #12), as well as substantial plugs on each end.

I’ve also heard of problems with that $450 SIEMENS unit – it is not SUBSTANTIAL as this article claims. Works good at 15 amps for GM PHEV’s, but tends to melt at 30 when used with a BEV.

Martin Winlow

The 2 Chinese portable EVSEs (charging cables) that I have experience of are well made – Duosida (ex-Dostar) and Khons. But the article relates to wall-mounted units and I sell kits for these, most of which go to Europe (23/40V only I’m afraid). The UK government subsidise the purchase of home and business-based charging points making domestic ones cost a maximum of £100 installed. It is my view that this is a waste of public money when the rapid (DC) charging infrastructure is so poor. If you can afford to pay for an EV, you can afford to pay for a charging point.

A good rapid charging infrastructure is essential if the HM government’s stated wish to have us all driving EVs is ever going to even come close to happening, yet, it is being left entirely to private industry to set up and operate.

Scrap the OLEV subsidised EVSE installation grant and put the money into a sensible rapid charging infrastructure instead!

MW –

Michael Cavalier

I have been using the Siemens unit to charge my Leaf at 30A for about 10 months and have not had a problem thus far. Do you have any links that discuss the melting issue? I was unable to find any using Google search.

Bill Howland

@Michael Cavalier and E-Lectric:

These were reviews in the home depot and Lowe’s (big box) web sites for this Siemens product. Who knows? I suppose it is conceivable they didn’t get the terminals tight, or used improperly installed aluminum wire.

The other complication is that one or both of the above stores now PURGES negative comments. Bad for sales so out they go.

My $730 (List $795) – cheapest at the time 7 years ago – Schneider (SQUARE – D) EVSE DID overheat due to improperly applied faston connectors never designed for the continuous 30 ampere charging I needed – so I got rid of them and installed proper box lugs.


Siemens is rock solid. Use at least daily for a 30A draw BEV. Very early Siemens (gen. 1, black case) had occasional firmware errors causing them to not charge. They did advance replacement on those.


Melted my GE 30 amp charger from Home Despot, which is funny because I got it after reading of the early Siemens issues. Just got my money back and did a Clipper Creek HCS 30. Love it and don’t have to sweat the draw on our 150 amp circuit with grid-tie.

Bill Howland

Other issues – not mentioned here this time, but the Schneider Electric (aka Square-D) 30 ampere charger, currently around $600 and the ‘type 2’ version now has a bracket to hold the unused j1772 end I bought in early 2011 when it first came out.

Like the Siemens above, works ok at 15 amperes for a gen 1 volt but overheated charging my Roadster at 30 amperes. Had to redesign the unit to eliminate the heating, plus the 5 milliampere trip point wouldn’t allow my Roadster to charge without modification first.

Not many exist anymore, but the lousy 5 volt power supply in the Aerovironment 30 amp round units usually CANNOT charge a Tesla Roadster. Doesn’t matter if the units are old or brand new, it was a guessing game as to whether ANY of the round 30’s would work or not. Kind of a downer when you’re on the road far from home trying to find someplace, somewhere that works.

Bill Howland
NOTE: MIchael Cavalier and E-Lectric say the SIEMENS units work ok for them. So some reviews you have to take with a grain of salt. Without being there yourself, you can’t troubleshoot exactly what the trouble is. I ran into a similar situation when I was converting a commercial CASE snow blower for 220 volt all electric operation. I settled on an ‘undersized’ three horsepower (2238 watt) “Smith & Jones” unit which is from Harbor ‘JUNK’ Tools’ China supplier. You think when purchasing the unit for $119 plus tax (20% coupon plus was on sale besides), the thing just CAN’T be any good. Testing revealed the unit is very high efficiency as it claims, has a very standard 250% ‘BREAKDOWN’ Torque (e.g. you can load it down to 7 1/2 horsepower before it stalls) and both the electrolytic (STARTING) capacitor and oil (RUN) capacitors so far have survived very cold weather without opening, shorting, or exploding. My worries about ‘undersizing’ (replacing a 7 hp gasoline engine) were unfounded.. Due to the extremely heavy (Ice and water laden) snow we had this April – my small engine expert 2 doors down from me was amazed when he saw my unit barrelling… Read more »

How about a similar article on chargers available in Canada?


Don’t car companies usually include a charger in the car? The Audi A3 e-tron came with one.

Marshal G

Yes but they are slow trickle chargers. In winter my Leaf takes up to 16 hours for a full charge from flat using 120V. This article is about L2 or 240V charging which is more standard.

Martin Winlow

*All* EVs have a charger in the car ie built-in. This poorly worded article (subject of a mini-rant of mine elsewhere here) refers to ‘chargers’ when it means charging points (in the case of fixed ones – or even EVSEs which is the proper acronym to use standing for ‘electric vehicle service equipment’) or portable charging cables – portable EVSEs – pEVSEs.

They are all just rather over-complicated switches that, aside from providing some maximum charging current hand-shaking communications with the EV (principally to protect the connecting cable), earth fault and over-current protection, merely connect and disconnect the EV’s built-in charger from the mains supply.

All very confusing and not help by slipshod journalism.

Steven Loveday

Unfortunately, it’s what the vast majority of people on the internet search for. The searches for EVSE and charging point are almost non-existent. We know that our readers will look at it and understand what we’re talking about. If we call it one of the other names, no one aside from our direct, regular readers would ever find it on the internet via Google search. Titles have to assure that they account for what the general population is searching for, otherwise the article gets no traffic and is really useless.


I installed a zencar 7kW. Nice design and works perfectly

Alan Osborne

I have the 32a portable EVSE made by Zencar, which has a bunch of amperage set points that can be customized when ordering. Very versatile, only slightly bigger than the stock Nissan EVSE, will do 120v and 240v, all shipped to my door for $300 US. No complaints, have had zero issues with it and I charge my LEAF every night with it.


I’ve been using a Clipper Creek LCS-25 for over 4 years now. Only supplies 20 amps/4.8 kW, but still more than enough to charge my Volt and Bolt daily. Go Clipper Creek if all you need is a simple unit that plain works day in, day out.

Martin Winlow

Would it be too much to ask that you don’t use the word ‘charger’ when you mean ‘charging point’ or, better still the proper word (or rather, acronym), ‘EVSE’ (electric vehicle service equipment)?

The only time you will come across an external ‘charger’ is when you connect to a DC supply which charges the EV’s battery directly without the need for the EV to ‘condition’ the current flow in any way.

*All* EVs have an actual charger built-in to them to convert AC mains electrical energy into DC that the battery will accept.

EVs are confusing enough as it is without dullard journalists adding to it!

Bill Howland

Well, the term “EVSE” is wonkish – you’d think plain speaking people could come up with a more descriptive acronym. But Most people – experienced or neophyte, know what IEV’s means with its’ ‘car chargers’ statement. I use the term ‘wallboxes’ since it doesn’t get the stuffed shirts all upset.

Bill Howland

Actually, without getting too heavily into the weeds – your statement about the car performing the “AC to DC conversion is less than 10% of the actual effort the ‘car charger’ (located in the car) actually does. In North America, the versions used are usually dual-stage up converters, and have to efficiently switch on and off 120 times per second while keeping power factor high (think toaster or incandescent light bulb), overall efficiency high, as well as match the current battery voltage while still running the vast majority of the time at 100% power level.

The CCS and Chademo fast chargers seem much less advanced by comparison as very few 50 kw chargers actually charge the car at that rate for any significant period of time, if ever.

Jeffrey Youngken

What ever happened to the Spx charging system 350 bucks that was a bargain.

Bill Howland

Now sold by BOSCH, and also the Cadillac ELR docking stations were the 32 ampere (or 24, if plug attached) were SPX units with a Cadillac Escutcheon . They still sell them for a lot more money, and I haven’t found them to be all that reliable. But almost anything beats BLINK and the worst of them all, PEP.


We’ve had the Clipper Creek for years (2 models) and have been very satisfied and would highly recommend it. Surprised they didn’t mention the CC is made in the USA. That’s what made he difference for us.


Why are home chargers needed? With our PiP, we just plug it into a 110 V outlet. The Tesla, plug it into our 50A 220 V outlet. The cars have all the charging controls and scheduling we need. Do other EVs not have this?


You do not plug either of those cars directly into an outlet. PiP, Tesla, and all other plug-in cars come with a portable charge cord (aka EVSE). Sadly, many cars that need a 240 V capable EVSE only come with a 120 V charge cord. This article is for buyers of those cars, who need to buy a 240 V capable EVSE for their car(s).


For my Pacifica Hybrid, plugging in to 110V with the included charge chord, takes about 14hours to charge from 0%. In comparison plugging in to my 40A JuiceBox Pro EVSE, it takes only 2.5hours or so. It also then means I can share the one charger with two EVs.

Ron M

China plans to build a network of 12,000 charging stations to meet the power demands of 5 million EVs by 2020
While Trump plans on forcing utilities to use more coal power because coal can’t compete on price with natural gas or renewables. Customers will pay more for electricity because of that moron we have in the Whitehouse. Higher gasoline and higher electricity so how’s that great tax break working for you Trump supporters. I know you love him.


Chargepoint Home is a nice one, that is what we put in the houses we build for customers.


Not discussed is for the rust belt nothern folks who charge outside during sub zero temperatures the quality of the charge cord to remain flexible and compliant is an important feature. A stiff cord in sub zero weather is no fun.


I have the GE from Home Depot for $400. Amp is configurable to 20, 30, 40. It’s still going strong after all these years.


Tesla Gen 2 Mobile Connector ($300) plus JDapter ($239) make a nice combo for Tesla/non-Tesla households. If you already have a JDapter, only $300 for mobile, 32A charging.
And the JDapter will let you use any Tesla DESTINATION station too! So not just Tesla owners can enjoy those. JDapter is a worthy addition to any non-Tesla BEV owner that road trips.

Bill Howland

This one article has been ‘over edited’ to the point where there is now an unintentional mistake now in the EMW Juice box – saying the molded plug may be used by 30 ampere Dryer outlets. This was originally correctly 50 ( – 35, or 40 would have also been accurate), but was edited to lower the current, when THAT was right – it was the dryer statement that was wrong. Now, the end result is non-sensical. There are no NEMA 14-50R ‘thirty ampere’ dryer receptacles.

Steven Loveday

Fixed based on language provided by the manufacturer. Thank you.


Five years ago, I bought a GE 40-amp for $999 and got a $300 tax credit. Solid equipment. CC was pretty new then, so, I went with a known appliance manufacturer.


Just go with Clipper Creek. No hassle, simple and industrial durable…

M Hovis

I am glad we keep re-running this article Domenick, but it needs updating. The reason to rerun is education. With 1-in-3 EV owners owning a solar array, and with 1-in-4 PV owners operating without net metering, some emphasis needs to be made to eMotorwerks smart grid EV charging and missing MyEnergi Zappi. It is a niche, but EV-PV-storage combinations are the future and these two manufacturers save some of us a couple hundred per year for as long as we drive an EV. Take another read please and consider it part of the very important education process. Thanks for all your hard work!


I have a ChargePoint Home. Charges all EVs. I love that it reminds me when I forget to plug in. Also integrates with Alexa. I also use ChargePoint at work so I can track all my spend on the app. Highly recommend.


I wish that Tesla would create one of these with a wifi interface as well. It would be useful to track the data, and be able to talk to it with nest/google home/etc/


For those with varying power supplies, look for the capacity handshaking between charger and EV. I’m 100% solar so wanted to make sure I could dial back the power consumption to meet my solar farm. It requires a charger like Siemens that has a “min, 25%, 50%, 75%, max” setting. At 25% I can still charge my Zero DSR in 2hrs without drawing from my solar farms backup batteries. It turns out it is not the charger that _sends_ a certain amount of current, it is the EV and charger that negotiate over handshaking before the EV agrees to _draw_ at a certain rate. Many chargers (ChargePoint, for one) lack this reduced power draw negotiation.

Wile E

Siemens VersiCharge has the longest warranty — just sayin