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Hello all! New 2017 Volt owner here

3738 Views 41 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  hellsop
cliffs of this thread that i made are:

-found a "used" '17 with almost 24k miles (its 14 months old though)
-started out at $24k
-haggled back and forth online and got down to $21k
-visited dealer saturday and for them down to $20,500
-im happy as a lark so far!

just a couple things i've noticed so far that maybe someone can answer for me.....

1. when connected to BT i don't hear my phone when texts come through. what am i missing?
2. i've seen older threads so my apologies if its been answered....can i change my default charge to 12amps over 8?
3. what is your level 2 charger of choice for home?
4. is there any way to turn the electronics on without starting the car? (my FFE would be just to push the start button without your foot on the brake)

and last but not least (i couldn't find a definitive answer on GDOTS website)......

5. can i get the AF tag and use the HOV lanes in GA still?!? ;)
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is the 12 amp worth it that much even on a 220?

or what about if im at my folks 40 year old house with shady wiring and need a quick top off. will 12amps burn their house down?!?
Probably not. But there is a reason it defaults to 8 amps, and that reason is that 12 amps *could* be a problem with shady wiring. Just because a house is 40 years old doesn't mean the wiring is shady though. What you are supposed to do, is have an electrician or at least person knowledgeable about electrical wiring inspect the wiring and outlet. If the outlet and wiring is in good shape, and nothing else is sharing the same circuit, then 12 amps should be fine. Plug the charger directly into the outlet without an extension cord, and if the outlet overheats, the charge cord will sense it and shut down. If you don't know, better to just leave it at 8 amps and not risk it.
Pardon my ignorance since I'm no electrician.....but the end of the plug is currently a basic 3 prong wall outlet plug. Are you saying that I plug the 3 prong into the adapter which would then be plugged into my newly installed 240 outlet and it will work at 240v?!?
Read the thread about it here:

You will get some strong opinions on whether the adapter is unwise. It is safe to use for this purpose, but it does NOT meet electrical code because, as mentioned, it basically puts 240V on a 120V outlet which someone might plug into unwittingly.

Another option is to cut the end off and wire a 240V plug onto the EVSE. Then you need a reverse adapter to use it with a 120V outlet.
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