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Has there been a consensus that the 220 charger is a must have or a nice to have? Was anyone able to get around the 900$ cost/ what was installation cost avg locally. I did not buy the 220 at time of purchase and am wondering. Thanks everyone.
 

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I've gone almost a month now with only the 110 charger that comes with the car. Granted, I don't use it as a daily commute, but I have been driving almost daily, only have yet to go more than 50 miles at a time. So for me the 110 is just fine. I think it really boils down to a) how far your daily commute is (if you have one) and b) how much you absolutely hate having to buy gas (my pickup gets about 15mpg, and I absolutely hate refueling the damn thing...)
 

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Ross a klein said:
Has there been a consensus that the 220 charger is a must have or a nice to have? Was anyone able to get around the 900$ cost/ what was installation cost avg locally. I did not buy the 220 at time of purchase and am wondering. Thanks everyone.
The same charging unit is available from Home Depot for $750:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=203013921

Installation varies ... if you have an electric dryer plug ready to go at the point of installation, it should be as cheap as whoever your cheapest electrician is. :) (Or you could just do it yourself.) If they have to run a circuit all the way to your subpanel it's going to be a lot more.
 

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Having a full charge in the morning and fast charging during the day has greatly increased my stealth driving since I had a 220 installed.
 

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I'm in the process of building a new house so I'm going to wrap the 220 charger in. Have to remind the architect to put it on the left wall on the farthest left bay.

I would like to have the quick charge ability since I can make multiple trips a day and a refresh would be great.

-jeff
 

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Thanks everyone, 750 at home depot? Who knew? The rear port does make for some location issues from where my dryer is. Lol
 

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ChargePoint was giving away free (DoE subsidized, as part of a data collection program) 220V chargers, search the forums for ChargePoint to find the link...[hr]
This link should work : www.chargepointamerica.com

Free 220V chargers (if you are accepted into the program), I was accepted and the installer is coming on Monday to do a site survey.
 

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I have the Blink home charger unit by ecotality- great unit with good data collection on energy use etc- also gives you free access to all Blink chargers around the country (for now)
 

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Thanks, will investigate all, very helpful, was concerned fisker didn't approve non branded alternatives. [hr]
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I have the Blink home charger unit by ecotality- great unit with good data collection on energy use etc- also gives you free access to all Blink chargers around the country (for now)
Hi, I just went on line and couldn't figure out how to acquire the blink unti. How/ where did you get yours? I am grateful for the link to the Lear one at homedepot.com, thanks
 

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Thanks, will investigate all, very helpful, was concerned fisker didn't approve non branded alternatives. [hr]
Sportsmeddoc said:
I have the Blink home charger unit by ecotality- great unit with good data collection on energy use etc- also gives you free access to all Blink chargers around the country (for now)
Hi, I just went on line and couldn't figure out how to acquire the blink unti. How/ where did you get yours? I am grateful for the link to the Lear one at homedepot.com, thanks
Contact Ecotality directly. Blink is the network. Ecotality makes the charger.
 

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Hi, I just went on line and couldn't figure out how to acquire the blink unti. How/ where did you get yours? I am grateful for the link to the Lear one at homedepot.com, thanks
You can also contact EVConnect. EVConnect is Fisker's preferred EVSE installation vendor, and the vendor of the "official" Fisker-branded charger. EVConnect does sell and install many other models including the Blink. You can reach EVConnect on their website http://www.evconnect.com or by email at [email protected]

I installed the Fisker/Lear charger through EVConnect. You can read more about my decision and about selecting an EVSE on this thread:
Selecting a Charger: To Lear or Not To Lear

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Thanks. Greatly appreciated.
 

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HokieKarma said:
I'm in the process of building a new house so I'm going to wrap the 220 charger in. Have to remind the architect to put it on the left wall on the farthest left bay.

I would like to have the quick charge ability since I can make multiple trips a day and a refresh would be great.

-jeff
Mine is on the right wall at the back of the car so I have to bring the cord around the back to charge. I don't mind this as the alternative would force my wife to pull in on the right side and her door would open toward the Karma, a situation I would rather avoid.

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Mine is on the right wall at the back of the car so I have to bring the cord around the back to charge. I don't mind this as the alternative would force my wife to pull in on the right side and her door would open toward the Karma, a situation I would rather avoid.

BillyO
A prudent plan of action :)

I have the EVConnection guys in contact with my project manager so they can talk when it comes time to do the electrical install/walkthrough...

-jeff
 

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Not a must but certainly adds to the driving enjoyment. Driving in Stealth is addicting and a 220 charger will help make it an option a larger percentage of the time unless you dont drive your Karma daily. I got my charger at Home Depot for $749 minus 10% on a promotion and waiting for the install.
 

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This was posted earlier but it is worth repeating. If you are in the market for a 220V charger, check on this link to see if you are eligible to get a free one from Chargepoint. This is only available in certain areas, and you have to pay to have it installed, but it's still nice to get a free charger if you can.
 

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Charging time on 110 for me is 16 hours, pretty much exactly. I've been driving my car a lot and that means I never start the day with a full charge and have had to run the ICE even on days when I only drive 40 miles or less. So, I have contacted EVConnect for a 220. They came out last week but now I can't get any response form them and they haven't returned my phone calls. Is anyone else having a problem getting EV Connect to respond?
 

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Home Depot and Lowes are now carrying the chargers.
I Think I have decided to go with 2 GE units...one for my office and one at home.
The GE's seem to have the best build quality although they cost $999.00 each.
The Lengrad (which Fisker Schamburg uses) are $749.00.

I use my car as a daily driver and I venture out from my office quite a bit so I like to keep it fully charged. With the 110v unit I have a full charge when I go home if I have not ventured out. Like most of you I hate using the gas so If I can get a full charge in 3-4 hours.....to me the convenience is worth the cost, and I'm banking this won't be my last EV.
 

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I am going w the 749 home depot.
 

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Charged in The OC said:
Charging time on 110 for me is 16 hours, pretty much exactly. I've been driving my car a lot and that means I never start the day with a full charge and have had to run the ICE even on days when I only drive 40 miles or less. So, I have contacted EVConnect for a 220. They came out last week but now I can't get any response form them and they haven't returned my phone calls. Is anyone else having a problem getting EV Connect to respond?
That's probably what I get too. Thanks for confirming as I thought my outlet might have been underperforming. I think I might be ready for 220v charger.
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Home Depot and Lowes are now carrying the chargers.
I Think I have decided to go with 2 GE units...one for my office and one at home.
The GE's seem to have the best build quality although they cost $999.00 each.
The Lengrad (which Fisker Schamburg uses) are $749.00.

I use my car as a daily driver and I venture out from my office quite a bit so I like to keep it fully charged. With the 110v unit I have a full charge when I go home if I have not ventured out. Like most of you I hate using the gas so If I can get a full charge in 3-4 hours.....to me the convenience is worth the cost, and I'm banking this won't be my last EV.
Funny thing is I have never hated using gas until I got this car. Now, I hate to have to decrease my mpg and am looking for ways to only use electricity all the time.
 
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