Once I convey an EV or plug-in hybrid house, I normally cost it with the included cell charger. I am nonetheless searching for a Stage 2 charger for the storage (and an electrician to put in the 240-volt NEMA outlet), however even as soon as I’ve bought one put in, I will nonetheless probably make occasional use of those cell chargers for testing functions, and since my Beetle venture takes up chunk of my storage house. I normally run the cell charging cable beneath my storage door to an outlet in there, or to the plug on my porch. There is a slight downside I run into with some vehicles, although, because the 15-amp breaker that governs my porch and storage retailers may be finicky. Many occasions, plugging into that circuit journeys the breaker.
Fortunately, Autoblog‘s long-term 2022 BMW 330e xDrive has a menu within the infotainment system that lets you regulate the charging amperage. You possibly can dial in something between 6 and 16 amps. I restricted it to 12 for my functions to steadiness charging pace with an uninterrupted energy provide from my retailers. This implies I haven’t got to run an extension twine to a plug on a distinct, extra steady circuit (normally the one simply inside the home close to the door to the storage).
It’s commonplace, however not a given, for EVs or PHEVs to supply totally different charging amperage settings, however I like that I can dial it in exactly inside that vary. It’s actually higher than simply having two or three predetermined settings … or worse, none in any respect ( you Nissan Leaf and Ford Mustang Mach-E).
Now if I might simply keep in mind to shut the rattling charging port cowl once I unplug it.