OOOO I like a Big Reveal. This Sunday (20 Oct) a few of us are gathering for the UKs FIRST EVSE Build Day..... we will be Building 3 or 4 32 Amp PORTABLE EVSE chargers. The whole event will be recorded for publication to YouTube and we will be Tweeting through the day using the Twitter hashtag #EVSEBuildDay
The objective is to show just how simple an Electric Car Charging station is; essentially 3 components. The completed unit will be able to charge all current and future electric cars as you can choose what connectivity.
This Portable EVSE will allow an Electric Car driver to connect to 'normal' electrical outlets found on Camp Sites, yachting marinas, commercial and hotels as well as the early Zero Carbon World Charging stations. This 32 Amp Commando Connection will allow a BMW i3 or a Leaf Mk 1.5 or a Tesla to charge at the full 32 Amps. Equally you could choose to fit a 16A commando plug, or indeed anything else you would like. Or build a simple 32A to 16A commando converter - we'll show you that as well!
An electric car, like the Nissan LEAF, comes with a charging cable (AKA EVSE brick) that trickle charges a Nissan LEAF at 10 Amps, meaning about 10 hours for a full charge. Using a dedicated charging station, or this Portable EVSE Charger, the same car could charge 60% faster at 16 Amps from a commando plug connection, and hence charges 60% quicker. If you have a BMW i3, or if you have paid £800 for the 6.6kWh charger in the Mk1.5 LEAF, you can charge at a full 32 Amps using this Portable EVSE, from a 32A Commando Connection reducing charging time to 4 hours.
We will also be showing, in a 2nd advanced video, how to install a variable switch so you can vary the charge. For instance, if you have a Solar PV installation why not charge at 7 Amps without having to import electricity (dependent on the sun being out). OR imagine hooking up to a 3 pin socket where you don't know how robust the wiring is so reduce the charge to reduce a fire risk.
As a Nissan LEAF / BMW i3 / Vauxhall Ampera / Citroen C-Zero / Mistubishi iMiev driver this will give you the flexibility to charge where and how you want. It's an essential piece of kit for the roving EV driver!
The recording is taking place on Sunday 20th October. Video is planned to be released within a few days via YouTube; Tweets will be live throughout the day
Grant Thomas (me) - hosting the event and building one of the Portable Chargers. Nissan LEAF Mk1 Driver
Kevin Sharpe - Founder and Patron of the Zero Carbon World charity. Tesla Roadster Driver
David Peilow - EV Advocate, occasionally throws things in space. Vauxhall Ampera Driver
Richard Goldsmith - behind the lens for the day. Vauxhall Ampera Driver
All participants are volunteering their time for this venture.
We would have really wanted to include many more but wanted to get the video sorted first then there is always the possibility of future workshops; subject to the capacity of my double garage and good will of the Oh!
Some people got very excited when we first mentioned this. We will be putting warnings out there that playing with any electricity caries risk; however the skill level for this build is estimated akin to wiring a domestic plug.
The parts used to construct the kit will be available from the Zero Carbon World shop shortly.