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Topic # 58840 21-Mar-2010 10:30
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  Reply # 309494 21-Mar-2010 10:46
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Yeah, should be ok for us :) since we have the "high voltage" mains they are talking about :) simple as plugging it into a socket here I think?




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  Reply # 309519 21-Mar-2010 14:45
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Assuming you don't need more than 15amps to charge as well.

Some older homes might not have enough capacity in their house for it - some may need an extra circuit breaker thrown into the fuse box.

Of course, this assumes that electric cars really take off (need to counter the problems of the batteries first)

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  Reply # 309531 21-Mar-2010 15:44
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wazzageek: 

Of course, this assumes that electric cars really take off (need to counter the problems of the batteries first)


And of course counter the other problem NZ has... supply! At the moment we barely have enough power to keep the lights going (slight exaggeration!)  let alone charge a few thousand cars...

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  Reply # 309533 21-Mar-2010 15:55
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ascroft: This is kind of interesting...... http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/03/large-us-builder-pre-wires-homes-for-electric-cars/1


 

Thats the price the USA pays for trying to be the first kiddies with a power network. They selected 120 volts. Luckily for us and much of the rest of the world we got 240v.

 

There was an article about the impending Chevy volt (aka Holden something-or-other). In the US it was quoted as saying that at 120v it would take 8 hours to recharge - at 240v its less than 3.

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Chevrolet_Volt/

 

 

 




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