True for the outlet too tho. Home owner needs a good quality one for that as it may be plug / unplugged a lot. Loose or even slightly loose connections leads to heat. A good plug and a poor outlet still leads to a problem ... it would seem.A good plug is always needed. Especially for something like the Volt EVSE which will likely see many cycles and a reasonably long continuous use.
On a side-side note, I don't believe SPX makes the 120V Volt EVSE either. My understanding is it's made by an OEM for GM. I don't believe the OEM's name is attached to it.On a side note. GM does not make the Volt EVSE. SPX does.
Rusty i'm not 100% certain and very well could be wrong on this point but I thought I've read at one point that SPX is the supplier for the 120V EVSE.On a side-side note, I don't believe SPX makes the 120V Volt EVSE either. My understanding is it's made by an OEM for GM. I don't believe the OEM's name is attached to it.
SPX makes the 240V Voltec EVSE, not the 120V EVSE that comes with the car.
I found from a previous thread from WOT that LEAR makes the 120V EVSE for the Volt. In fact the 240V EVSE that SPX uses is also made by LEAR.When I had GM and an engineer from the manufacturer of the 120V EVSE pay me a house call at work (I went through several of the 120V EVSEs when I first got my Volt) the engineer did NOT come from SPX.
While SPX is responsible for the 240V Voltec EVSE, I don't think they have anything to do with the 120V EVSE that ships with the car. That's made for GM by an OEM.
This is what GM should do with the 120V EVSE:
(1) Beef up the wire between the EVSE and the outlet with 12 gauge wire.
(2) Increase the length of the wire between the EVSE and the outlet so that owners have little need for an extension cord and are not tempted to use one (this decreases the possibility of intervening connection problems).
(3) Replace the cheap plug with a high quality fire proof plug that is nickel plated and resistant to corrosion.
(4) Put a heat sensor in the plug to dectect a potential overheating condtion.
These changes will probably cost GM less than $20 and it will protect their Volt owners from fire and themselves from liability.
I have no problem at all with people saying GM (and their OEM) need to improve the quality of the 120V EVSE that comes with the Volt. I'm on my sixth one myself!I do understand that the 120 volt Voltec charger that ships with every new Volt is probably supplied by an OEM contractor. But GM is putting their name on it and GM is ultimately responsible when it fails.
With all due respect Scott, that doesn't make the point. And so what if the problems are in the outlet?How may times has it proved to be an old outlet and/or poor contacts? 9-10hrs at 1400kW is a lot. If your run your/a hair dryer in the same outlet for 9hrs does it's plug get hot. Ok, I realize you would not do that but it does make a point.
I hear that all the time. But why not an adjustable kickstand? Kind of like the handle coming out of the top of most rolling luggage these days only in reverse. A handle that you can pull out of the bottom of the charge unit 6, 12, or 18 inches on detents so the unit can rest on the ground without hanging by the plug.2) This wire length to the outlet is limited by the J1772 standard. Bummer.