I've been told there is signalling going on in the unmodified unit that ceases to work if you just cut the plug off and put another one on. Plus the Jap unit is 15amps.....not 16amp. It will get warm and probably will burn out after a week or three. The unit should be modified by an electrician......but Worksafe NZ are of the view that the units are only safe as certified from the factory....and mods aren't 'safe'. That said, a properly modified unit hasn't failed or caused any fires than anyone seems to know of. But the Jap unit does need internal modification for 16amp instead of 15amp. I have used a Jap EVSE (modified internally) with a Blue Commando plug attached...and had no issues. It was supplied by Autolink, who sold me the car. Who sold you the car?
awesome info, knew it would be !
do you know of any directions on modifying the charger ? i have 5 electricans at work, so just need to tell them what to do...
Sorry, I don't. But it has been discussed in the "NZ EV Owners" group on Facebook. There are over a thousand EV owners in there as well as the people who run / operate the EV charging networks and the early adopters who have been through all this. On Geekzone I'm an echo of the experiences people have shared in that group.
You can also check the NZ Electric Car Guide.
The government regs for EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) are found here.
I bought a 16amp Charge Amps "Spark" EVSE with a blue commando plug on it for my car, but it was $1000. There are cheaper ones.