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Just for what it's worth, we had a Mitsubishi i-MiEV that also came with a 110v charger cord. This vehicle also had the 16 kWh battery the Pacifica has. Although it may take 10-12 hours to fully charge with the 110v charger with a dead battery, we found that we seldom got home with a dead battery and charging overnight with the 110 charger gave us a full battery 99% of the time when we were next ready to use it. It might be wise to see how you do with the provided charger before you invest $500+ for a 220v charging system. Unlike my Mitsubishi i-MiEV that was only electric, you do have the gas engine on the Pacifica if you run our of battery power.
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Some of the confusion may arise from the distinction between EVSE (the cord) and the charger (on the vehicle, Level 3 DC fast charging excepted and not relevant here).

The charger on board is 6.6 kW power.

The stock level 1 EVSE is 120V, 12A apparently per the above part. The level 1 EVSE clearly can't supply enough electrons to max out the stock charger.
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...can't supply enough electrons to max out the stock charger.
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Just for what it's worth, we had a Mitsubishi i-MiEV that also came with a 110v charger cord. This vehicle also had the 16 kWh battery the Pacifica has. Although it may take 10-12 hours to fully charge with the 110v charger with a dead battery, we found that we seldom got home with a dead battery and charging overnight with the 110 charger gave us a full battery 99% of the time when we were next ready to use it. It might be wise to see how you do with the provided charger before you invest $500+ for a 220v charging system. Unlike my Mitsubishi i-MiEV that was only electric, you do have the gas engine on the Pacifica if you run our of battery power.
This is a good point. On our 24 kWh LEAF we got by most days with just 120V level 1 charging. In a pinch we used level 3 DC fast charging.

In our 41.8 kWh RAV4 EV level 1 was not cutting it, so we have a 50A circuit and a 40A level 2 EVSE on the garage wall.

The Pacifica use case will probably be more like the LEAF, with the gas engine serving as the "fast charging" analogue.
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The stock level 1 EVSE is 120V, 12A apparently per the above part. The level 1 EVSE clearly can't supply enough electrons to max out the stock charger.
According to Chris TX in this GM-Volt forum post, the EVSE will handle dual voltage (120v and 240v). To take advantage of the 240v, you'd need an adapter to plug it into a 240v outlet. Several Chevy Volt (Gen2) owners are doing this with great success.

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WOW! That would be crazy great if it did end up being dual voltage! ...so who's going to be first to try this mod?
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According to Chris TX in this GM-Volt forum post, the EVSE will handle dual voltage (120v and 240v). To take advantage of the 240v, you'd need an adapter to plug it into a 240v outlet. Several Chevy Volt (Gen2) owners are doing this with great success.
Does this charge the vehicle at it's fastest speed? Or do we still want the level 2 EVSE on the wall if our goal is the fastst charge possible? On weekends I often run several errands with a couple hours in between at home. If this charges in 12 hours, I may get one to keep in the van, but still put the EVSE on my wall at home.
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WOW! That would be crazy great if it did end up being dual voltage! ...so who's going to be first to try this mod?
I already use this adapter with my Volt, so if/when I get a Pacifica hybrid, I'll try it. That probably wouldn't be until the Fall at earliest, however.

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Does this charge the vehicle at it's fastest speed? Or do we still want the level 2 EVSE on the wall if our goal is the fastst charge possible? On weekends I often run several errands with a couple hours in between at home. If this charges in 12 hours, I may get one to keep in the van, but still put the EVSE on my wall at home.
Fastest possible? Probably not. It essentially cuts the Level 1 charging time in half. So calculate how long it would take to charge on a 20-amp Level 1 circuit, and half of that is how long the 240v charge should take.

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Fastest possible? Probably not. It essentially cuts the Level 1 charging time in half. So calculate how long it would take to charge on a 20-amp Level 1 circuit, and half of that is how long the 240v charge should take.
Well, that makes sense. So I still want the dedicated EVSE for my use case. Thanks!
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