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GM Voltec EVSE

GM
CC By Richard Kelly, 10/2/2010, Alt Car Santa Monica
Accessory Type: 
Charge Station, SAE J-1772
Maximum Amps: 
15
Level: 
2
Price (USD): 
$490

Description

ETL listed. GM has announced a partnership with Michigan-based SPX Service Solutions to sell and install this 240V home charging station made for the Chevrolet Volt. This station can recharge the Volt battery from depleted to full in about four hours.

This station is optional for Volt owners, as the vehicle comes standard with a Level 1 charge cord, which can charge the battery in about ten hours

GM has announced a partnership with Michigan-based SPX Service Solutions to sell and install this 240V home charging station made for the Chevrolet Volt. This station can recharge the Volt battery from depleted to full in about four hours.

This station is optional for Volt owners, as the vehicle comes standard with a Level 1 charge cord, which can charge the battery in about ten hours

Features

  • Compliance: UL 2594, NEV 625, Part 15 of FCC Rules, ICES003E of Industry Canada
  • Vehicle plug flashlight for finding the vehicle port in the dark
  • Cord Length: 25 feet

According to Tom Dowling at evchargernews.com, this unit is only available to buyers with Volt order numbers in production status.

Comments

Joe Campbell's picture

Voltec charger

My 240 v charger is dead at my house. It is 18 months old. Hardly use it as I charge at my office. Thought, no problem I'll charge with the 110 v that came with the car. ( weekend) Plugged the 110v and it showed a fault. 2 greens then when I plugged it into the car one green and one red. No charging.. Then I remembered they had a recall and they replaced the one that came with the car. The original worked when I first got the car so it was not a home wiring problem. Got thinking about it and tried charging a few times at a camp site and it never worked. I always thought they had some ground issues. Went to the office and plugged into the 110 line that I knew worked 2 years ago before I installed the 220v charger. Same indication. So I think I have a bad 110 charger. Will call the dealer and see what they have to say , maybe under warranty???? So I will replace my 220 v unit but not the same one. Maybe a Bosch??? By the way,,took apart the charger hoping it was the fuse... They tested good...
Ron Lachman's picture

240v voltec charger

My 240v voltec charger died, and I found that there are two soldered in fuses. I came up with a very cheap and easy way to replace the fuses (no soldering needed), and I thought this might be useful to you. My voltec charger is working fine again after a single internal fuse replacement.
John Goodrich's picture

Voltec fuses

My level one charger just dies. I was wondering how you replaced the fuses you mentioned? Many thaks and have a great Wednesday! Cheers! John
Irwin Ehrenfreund's picture

EVSE

I to found the two soldered in fuses one is blown called the chevy tech line and after speaking to them I was told that they can not be repaired that I should throw it out and buy a new one, which makes no cents Could you please tell me what size fuse I should use in the replacement and how you did it with out soldering. Thank you Irwin Ehrenfreund
Richard's picture

Re: EVSE

Irwin,

Sorry about your blown charge station.

Not surprised at all that Chevy is recommending total replacement. First of all, it's a soldered fuse, so not considered user-replaceable. Second, the blown fuse may not be the only issue.

Hopefully Ron Lachman will respond with details on his specific fix.

In the meantime, I've heard of people having success replacing the internals with an OpenEVSE controller, which should fit inside.

http://gm-volt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-136401.html

Here is a link to the OpenEVSE page:

https://code.google.com/p/open-evse/

JN's picture

Voltec charging station - I don't think so

Do not waste your money! These units are not quality. Too much to install with a 3 year warranty. They do not last. Mine went out in 2 years. Instead check out the Turbocord 120/240. Gives you a backup 120 cord and all you need is a 240 outlet with a NEMA 6-20R plug in. 3 year warranty as well, under $700.
tlw1876's picture

Mine is dead too

Had it for 14 months and went belly up. I called for service and they just wanted another 500 bucks. Time to cut my losses.
NoRegrets78's picture

DO NOT BUY!

Search on gm-volt.com for info on this charger. MANY people complaining the unit only lasts for about a month after the 1 year warranty expires and SPX/Bosch will not do anything about it. Do yourself a favor and get a more reliable unit from the start.
Jim Brent's picture

Bad Charger

I bought one 15 months ago and it just died.
Anonymous's picture

Is this charger still available?

Is this charger available anywhere? I can't get the link to work, and I can't get the SPX site to work. This crap is frustrating!