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Re: Converter Plug

Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:17 pm

Busfolder wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:05 am
Any i3 can charge from any 120V to 240V AC outlet, using a simple 'dumb' cable with suitable connectors.

This is borne out by a public charger I use in Didcot (Oxfordshire) Although on the Pod-Point network, it simply supplies 230V at up to 32A single-phase, with no app, card, or 'handshake' interactions with the car.
Communications between the i3's on-board charger and the charging station must exist. From the i3 High-Voltage Components Training Manual:

Charging mode 1 i.a.w. IEC61851-1 is NOT USED in the I01 due to a lack of communication between the vehicle and voltage supply.

Translated, this means that a "dumb" cable cannot be used to charge an i3 from a simple electrical outlet but it can be used from a charging station with communications capabilities. Without this, electrocution or electrical arcing could occur.

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Re: Converter Plug

Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:40 am

You're right Art, sorry for my mistake!

I now recall reading that Mode 1 charging isn't used by the i3.

Nevertheless, there are still some simple public chargers here in the UK which need no payment. Let's see how long this continues!


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