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Hi,

Just got my 2017 Volt Premiere yesterday and I'm pretty excited. Today I rolled into the parking lot of my shopping center to plug in for a charge and imagine my dismay when the SAE Combo plug has two big plugs at its base that keeps it from plugging in to my car. I went to several other chargers in town and they were all the same. I know there are level 2 chargers around town but none near me. Is there an extender so I can use the SAE plug? Otherwise I'm really bummed that I bought the betamax of EVs.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Paul
 

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You can buy an adapter! :)
 

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Usually there are j1772 plugs and very few combo plugs. use the PlugShare app to find other j1772 charging stations.
 

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Can you post an image of the plug in question? My EVSE cord plugs into any standard 15 or 20 amp 120v outlet.
 

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It sounds to me like those are L3 fast charge plugs. The two plugs at the base are the DC connection. Unfortunately similar situation here where most public charging is L3 which knocks my Volt out for charging. There are a few public L2 charging locations but so far the only ones I've found are at the local university, a hotel, and couple downtown in the business district. Of course some of the local auto dealerships have L2 charging.
 

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The op is referring to CCS DC fast charging stations. The Volt does not have this capability and can only charge at L1 or L2. Even if you built an adaptor for the top section only it still wouldn't work as those CCS charge cords do not carry AC voltage pins. Only the communication pins are active in the upper port section.
 

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Hi,

Just got my 2017 Volt Premiere yesterday and I'm pretty excited. Today I rolled into the parking lot of my shopping center to plug in for a charge and imagine my dismay when the SAE Combo plug has two big plugs at its base that keeps it from plugging in to my car. I went to several other chargers in town and they were all the same. I know there are level 2 chargers around town but none near me. Is there an extender so I can use the SAE plug? Otherwise I'm really bummed that I bought the betamax of EVs.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Paul
has to be a joke attempt.
 

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Can you post an image of the plug in question? My EVSE cord plugs into any standard 15 or 20 amp 120v outlet.
This is what they look like. Works with Bolts and leafs (and other cars) equipped with DC fast charging capability.

http://articles.sae.org/11005/

Otherwise I'm really bummed that I bought the betamax of EVs.
No, you definitely have the VHS of EVs, Betamax would be any Tesla where you accidentally left the Tesla to J1772 adapter in the last charging station, so can only charge at Tesla superchargers or destination chargers.

But sorry, there is no adapter to covert the combo to a standard J1772 because to two giant prongs at the bottom are DC and the 110v /240v AC prongs that you need are missing in the combo plug.
 
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