New Leaf Owner need help choosing EVSE

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robertllr
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Car: 2013 Nissan Leaf S

New Leaf Owner need help choosing EVSE

Postby robertllr » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:07 am

Most EV owners work from the standpoint of what kind of charging capability they WANT, and then wire their EVSE outlet from there. My shoe is on the other foot: I want to work with the wiring I have, and choose the highest amperage ESVE I can safely use.

I have a new-to-me 2013 Leaf S. The car has (apparently, from the dashboard time-to-charge display) all the charge options: 120v, 240v/3kW, and 240v/6 Kw. It even has the optional CHAdeMO port, though the little stripper does not even have cruise control! But what of that...

FWIW, I have the LeafSpy diagnostic app, and though all 12 bars of battery health show on the dash, LeafSpy indicates a battery SOH just shy of 90%.

That's the background on my car. Now onto the specifics of my garage's capability.

I have a 100 amp sub panel in my garage, with two 15-amp circuits, one 20-amp circuit (all three are 120 V) and room left for one 240 v breaker. One of the 15/120 circuits is dedicated to a fish pond pump that runs full-time, but its draw is very small--probably less than one amp. The other two 120 circuits are for lighting and occasional use outlets--power tools, compressor, etc.

The sub panel is about 120 feet from the main service entrance, which is 200 amp, and currently (no pun intended) feeds the garage through a 240 v/30 amp breaker.

I measured the diameter of the service wire (black, white, and bare ground) at the sub panel, and the copper conductor is about 3 mm in diameter. I think that corresponds to either 8 or 10 gauge wire. (Knowing the previous owner who ran the wire, I am going to guess it is more likely to be 10 than 8 gauge.)

I know the proposed circuit for the Leaf is going to have to be 125% of the actual charge rate.

So, can anyone out there calculate the maximum charging load--and hence amperage output of the EVSE--I can safely use?

Thanks!


robertllr
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Re: New Leaf Owner need help choosing EVSE

Postby robertllr » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:58 pm

Oh, well. I went to this site and used their calculator. If anyone else needs this kind of info, try this web page:

http://www.paigewire.com/pumpwirecalc.a ... eSupport=1

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PalmerWMD
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Re: New Leaf Owner need help choosing EVSE

Postby PalmerWMD » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:09 pm

Sorry we couldn't help you.. Its kinda a rare question :yesnod


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