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If I can install a charger at all at my home, I won't be able to do a standard wall mount. It'll be outside in a carport.

http://www.coulombtech.com/pdfs/CT2100 Installation Guide.pdf

The bollard/pole mounts for the Chargepoint look nice. I know I've seen similar bollard mounts for other units. But the pole mounts probably blend in with the background a little better, which is probably what I'd prefer.

I'd like to see what sorts of pole mounts (or bollard mounts) you guys have at your homes/offices.
 

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I just finished expanding a shed on the side of my workshop building to create a carport (details on my blog). I find this setup to be practical and the install was very simple. Just pulled Romex 10/3 wire from the breaker box 25 ft and through the wall to the meter box. I installed the Voltec charger on the outside corner along with my own meter that I got used/reconditioned on eBay so I can track the energy used to charge the Volt. Most of the charging power comes from our 5.2kW solar array.
 

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Here is my setup. Very quick to pull down from the ceiling and plug in.
(Note there is a section of old rubber garden hose on the hook that goes on my wheel to protect it now)

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Cool installs! I especially like that nice spacious carport; it's kind of cramped in my garage, so I'd love to have room like that.

I have pictures of my EVSE install but they're not online yet. I'll post them a bit later if I get a chance.
 

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@Solarvolter, I especially like that you extended the carport roof by extending the roof rafters without replacing them. Most carpenters don't understand this is a structurally sound method.

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Here's a couple of photos I posted earlier of my charger installed on the ceiling. The problem I have is no space on the walls and I use the garage as a shop so I can't have charger or its cord hanging down while I'm working.
 

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@Solarvolter, I especially like that you extended the carport roof by extending the roof rafters without replacing them. Most carpenters don't understand this is a structurally sound method.

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Thanx Dave,
My buddy John down the road is a builder and he and I did the job together - his wisdom, skills and my muscles! It took us about 3 days to extend the structure, and first we had to jack up the old roof and level it which was a huge challenge. See my blog for more construction details. Well, I pitched in some good ideas too! I have only parked under the new carport 2 times since the gravel was leveled under it. Before that t was all clay mud! I can also park nose-in to the exterior wall which faces north, and will do that occasionally in the fall and winter when the shadows grow longer as it's more convenient, and I get the shade benefit.
 

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Here's mine, mounted on a support pole at the carport. It's a Clipper Creek LCS-25, very compact and recommended over the SPX / Voltec Level 2 that GM pushes at you. See my website for more info.

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My garage is too full of 'stuff' (motorcycle, bicycles, etc), so I'm parking my $45,000 car outside in the elements. I know that doesn't make sense to some people, but here's my charger setup:

 

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Cool to see the solutions you guys have. Keep them coming! Putting them all in one thread makes them easier for new folks to find.

Jim - That's exactly why I didn't get a garage. I was afraid I'd fill it to the rafters with crap! :)

Chris - Your install looks close to what I'd probably have to do. Can you share a pic of the other side please?
 

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Leviton EVB32-5ML

Leviton EVB32-5ML Evr-Green 320 7.7 Kilowatt Charging Station with 25-Foot Cable

In use about a month now- works great! Volt took to it like a fish to water.

Installed by an electrician for $350 including new 40 amp breaker, external wire in armored sleeve.

I have it strung via a ceiling hook and then to a wooden ladder that hangs above the car. I can easily use it in either garage bay and out in the driveway as well.

I spent a little extra to "future proof" a bit (I hope) by going with a 32 A unit. It is also a "plug-in" (as opposed to hard wired), so it can be moved within the space if need be, or to a new home if I move or sell it.

Like the Volt, "Designed, developed and assembled in the USA".

Stay Charged!

Mark
 

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