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Why is a charge cord so expensive?

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I finally cleaned out the junk from the garage, and now I can finally park my Volt inside. Although I had no problem with the 120V/12Amp charge outside, it would be nice to have a proper L2 charger in the garage, as the main panel is right beside the Volts charge port. I live in BC where there is no incentives for single home EV chargers, so I have been searching hard for a charger that isn't so expensive. $700CAN seems to be as cheap as I can find for a complete unit. I have found some for $450-500CAN after US conversion, but they don't have a cord. If I look for the price of a cord, they run from $150-200CAN. Why they heck are charge cords so expensive? The cord itself shouldn't be worth more than around $2/ft, that would be about $50 for a 25 foot cord. I looked for the price of a J1772 connector to connect to a EV, with no cord, and I only found 1 at alibaba for $96. Add the two together and that is the $150. But why the heck is the connector so expensive?
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Pity they never brought back the $500 EVSE rebate. I paid about $700 for an LCS-25 from Sun Country Highway, so it was about $200 net cost. Looks like the list price is now $830 for the same unit.

The main point in favor of SCH/Clipper Creek is the reliability. I've had mine for 4 years now and it's still working fine. Had to repair it this past spring, though that only required one zip tie to stop the current sensing coil from rattling around (the hot-melt glue let go)
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