If you don't already have an electric car, chances are that climate change and the earth's diminishing supply of fossil fuels will eventually force you to get one. If you already have one, the planet thanks you and so do a lot of people who are worried about the public's reliance on vehicles that pump massive volumes of carbon emissions into the atmosphere daily. Whether or not you have an electric vehicle, though, you're probably worried about where you're going to charge one. Not many gas stations offer an electric charging option because, let's face it, the oil companies that own those stations aren't eager to wean you away from the gasoline that keeps their bottom lines profitable. And, on top of that, an electric car (or motorbike) takes a lot longer to charge than a non-electric car takes to fill with gas. So you'll mainly be charging your electric vehicle at home.
The ChargePoint Home Hardwire is fast and, with its WiFi connectivity, easy to use, so it's worth looking at as an alternative to simply plugging your car into an ordinary electric socket. It requires a 240-volt outlet, though, so if you don't already have one in your garage, you'll need to get it installed first. It also requires a ChargePoint 18- or 25-foot charging cord, which is an extra-cost option, though you can find the charger and the cord bundled at most online retail sites (and in stores). The mobile app allows the charger to be switched on remotely or lets you set a time for charging to begin. ChargePoint estimates that you'll get 25 miles worth of power for every hour spent charging, up to the limit of your vehicle's battery array, though this may vary depending on the battery's acceptance rate. The J1772 connector should work with any currently available electric vehicle. The manufacturer's advertising copy claims that the ChargePoint will take up minimal space on the wall where you mount it.
For a competing product to compare the Home Hardwire with, take a look at the ClipperCreek LCS-20. And thanks again for helping save the planet. Until Superman arrives in that tiny space capsule from Krypton, it's a job we'll have to do by ourselves.
Installation was very simple and the unit looks great. Time will tell about reliability.
Everything activated seamlessly and now my Ford Focus Electric charges in no time at all.
It is compact, intelligent, easy to use, and install. The cable and receptacle appear to be very rugged, and operation was very simple and reliable.
The whole unit leaves only a very little to be desired, and we have no doubts that it will serve its new owners for many years to come.