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Hi I have a 2012 Chevy Volt, 102k miles. Just experienced charger failure. The Voltec charger was replaced under warranty 18months ago. Charger lights up, 4bars and LED works at charge handle. I tool it to the dealer and plugged it into a new Volt, wouldn't charge. Bad charger? I plan on taking Volt to charge station and verify it charges or dealer. Called GM consumer service, they are calling my dealership and requesting some consideration since it is just out of warranty. We will see. Question: how do I test my charger to verify? Will the newer gen2 charger work on 2012 volt?

Thanks, George
 

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Yikes, by now with tens of thousands of Volts on the road you would think repair service would be available somewhere. The unit itself has value, just some failed component. Could be a 10 minute fix with a 75cent part, who knows?
 

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When you talk to the dealer make sure you use the right terms. The charger is built into the car just behind the front bumper. What you are talking about is the EVSE.

Can test the charger (built into the car) by using another EVSE (public or otherwise). You can test the EVSE by plugging it into another car.
 

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The 2017 charge cord will work on your car but the dealer will not be able to do a warranty repair using the new part number, they would have to give you the proper charge cord part number for your car to get paid by GM for any warranty work.
 

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If it turns out you need a new EVSE and you have to pay for it out of pocket, do not buy the original 2012 one, and especially not from the dealership. You can easily get a better one for less money.
 

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If it turns out you need a new EVSE and you have to pay for it out of pocket, do not buy the original 2012 one, and especially not from the dealership. You can easily get a better one for less money.
I wouldn't buy a 2012 one for 2013 or later Volt, but I've not seen other EVSEs with the controls to limit charge rates to 8 amps, for 10 amp wiring. Remember the 2012 and earlier Volts don't have that setting in car, only on the EVSE.
 

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Good point. You would lose the 8 Amp charge rate. Although I've only heard complaints about that charge rate on the forum, and for probably hundreds of dollars less than what the dealership will charge you, you can get an EVSE that will allow you to charge at 120 or 240 Volts.
 

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I found a newer one in OfferUp. Looks like a clipper creek newer design. Am I correct, these will work 120v and can also be plugged into 240v without inner modification?
 
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