I'm anxiously awaiting our van and keep thinking about how i will charge. We will install a 40 am 220 volt outlet in the front of our townhouse that's lockable (something like this
Since we live in a community I don't necessarily want the cable out in the open or exposed to the elements. I was thinking about actually installing the charger inside a hose reel
This will allow the actual cord to stay locked (can't be unplugged) but give me a way to keep the cables and such in an enclosure that can keep rain out with the ability to wind the cable easily.
Do you see any issues with this type of setup?
Thanks in advance.
The plug type you show is a NEMA 14-50R 4 pin which connects the two hot leads, the neutral and the ground via the plug. In looking at the various chargers some use 6-50 3 pin (two hots and ground) and some use the 14-50R you show. I ran across something in the GE plug-in WattStation which uses 6-50 and said it wasn't suitable where the load involved a ventilator fan (or pump?). Presumably, a running motor would trip the ground fault protection in that unit. I'm still puzzling through how/whether that applies to the Pacifica. Of course, I'm taking it for granted that Chrysler's unit will work. Some on the forum have suggested the Chrysler station will be a rebranded AEROVIRONMENT and that appears to use the 3 pin 6-50 plug. It all boils down to whether you can use a 3-conductor feed or a more expensive 4-conductor feed for power to the charging station.
At this point, I believe the hard-wired types of charging station (as opposed to plug in you show & I'm talking about above) also require a service disconnect outside with the unit as they are considered an appliance. I don't know for sure but the plug receptacle might be more convenient and that is, of course, a service disconnect. The service disconnect is a little fuse box with a pull out so a technician can isolate power to equipment like outdoor A/C units without having to go inside the home.
Also, coiling the wires tightly over one another as a power reel will do may lead to the the charging cable overheating within the coil/enclosure. You will want to look the rating/literature of the coil unit to make sure it will work properly if some of the cable remains tightly coiled on the reel while in use. If it's loosely coiled and outside an enclosure like most charging stations, overheating is not a problem.
Good luck with it.
Oops. Edited to say AEROVIRONMENT ILO Versicharge. This is listed as the OEM part but it looks like the hard-wired version not plug-in.
This is the sort of reel you should consider. It has slip rings for the reeling aspect. It'll probably handle your Learjet while you're out enjoying the Pacifica.