Thanks for the info (and starting this useful thread). I am also considering the GE Wattstation for several reasons but wanted to make sure it would work in my garage.
-LA DWP (dept of water and power) offers a $2000 rebate for Level II charging stations. Interestingly, just installing a NEMA 14-50 won't qualify. So I can either spend $1450 installing a NEMA 14-50 or $2400 installing a full charging station. With the rebate, the net comes to only $400...so it makes sense to install the full charging station (GE Wattstation looks like it will work).
-I only plan on being at my condo for a year or two more, and having a charging station that would work with all EVs (not just Tesla Model S) may attract a few more buyers.
So, how is it working out with the Model S? I realize it will be a slower charge than a NEMA 14-50, but I leave it parked overnight so charging rate is not a huge issue for me. I'd appreciate any comments or concerns!!
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Also, how do you keep other cars in your garage from using your charger? Do you have a lockbox mechanism?
As it is, I've even dialed down the current to 24A. I am considering dialing even further down to 16. So that way, the charge will complete closer to when I leave in the morning. My daily commute will be about 60 miles. Since I'm driving somewhat aggessively (because I can !) that would still give me plenty of time to charge overnight. But I have charged at 30A with no issues. I haven't even used the UMC yet. I may go to my wife's workplace tomorrow, just to test it out (they have a 14-50).
Note that I have my GE plugged into a 6-50 outlet. My electrician designed this smartly, perhaps with some overkill. The line has a manual disconnect, then a 6-50 outlet, both with lockable covers. So, I can lock others out by removing/reversing the disconnect and locking the box. Then the outlet (and thus the Wattstation) is unpowered. I wont do this daily. ONly if I go away for an extended period of time. My garage and building is pretty secure for access. And there are cameras at all entrances/exits. And the building is installing a new realtime electricity usage monitoring system. So I would be able to see usage in real time. I dont expect anyone in the building to steal kWh. But I'll have sufficient means to monitor/catch if they do. Now, if someone wants to put gum in the J1772 nozzle, I can't stop them. I had considered a cage when I was planning just to use an outlet and UMC. But the YMC is not UL Listed and doesn't have that physical on/off switch...I'll take and post some better pics in the next day or so. The electrician had to do a minor mod this morning, so I was holding off on pics til he made the change.
Sounds like it makes alot of sense for you to install a station, esp with the incentives. And I agree going J1772 is more "valuable" if you do resell because it's universal. Good luck! let us know what you end up doing!
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Thanks for the info Jomo25!!! Very helpful! Installed and it looks fabulous and works well...
Couple of comments about the Wattstation:
-Looks VERY nice.
-I get a charge of about 17mi/hr (rated).
-There is a loud click when it starts charging...but nothing alarming.
-The On/Off button is actually a nice feature to keep it off on the many nights I don't need to charge.
-It is a little bigger than expected. Because of the size of my spot as well as regulations that it can only be a certain number of inches off of the ground, it protrudes into my spots a little...but nothing I can't handle. Here is a pic!
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