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Taking Delivery of New Volt, advice on installing 240v Outlet or Level 2 Charger?

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Hello, new volt owner being thrown into the mix! Trading in my 2013 GMC Terrain V6 AWD for a brand new 2017 Volt LT in Grey with Black Chevy Emblems. I'm so excited to be finally saving money on gas and going back into a car for commuting again. Picking it up this Saturday hopefully if everything goes smooth.

Anyways, exciting part is kind of over. Now the fun part for myself is picking a Level 2 EVSE Charger.

My only option unfortunately is to install outdoors, since I have no garage. I'm debating whether to install a 240V Outlet and adding a weatherproof box on the outside, and just making an adapter for the Volt's charger... or, just buying a Level 2 Charger altogether and hardwire/plug it in and install the correct NEMA outlet.

My electrical panel is in my basement, and unfortunately it is on the opposite side of the house from where I want it. Gotta run about 50 ft of wire form my panel to the desired location. I'd do it myself, but I don't have tools to cut a hole into the aluminum siding of my house (Unless I can somehow install it without doing that). Ceiling is open and I can run the wire easily. I will be putting a 20 amp Double Pole Breaker in my panel for whichever option I go for.

Otherwise, The only chargers I'm looking at currently are the Clipper Creek HCS-20, or the Sun Country highway SCH20, since I will be keeping this car long term and won't need to futureproof. Also, the chances of me selling my house in the next 5 years is high, since my wife is going into policing and I'm going where she's going.

My questions are this. Is there anybody on the forum that lives in Southwestern Ontario that installed a NEMA-6-20 outlet outdoors, and if so, how much did it cost you out of pocket? Or anybody that has a hardwired EVSE installed and the cost to install one of those?

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When it's in OFF position, that part does NOT get hydro, but the wires above the switch are still live. I shut off all breakers on my panel and they were still live, which puzzles me completely and makes me wonder what the previous owners of the house did. Anybody familiar with this?
What is this hydro you keep referring to? At first I thought you were taking about your water supply, but maybe it's electricity from a hydroelectric plant? I'm in Texas and we don't have any such thing down here, which may be why I've never heard the term before.
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