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14) 06/12/2011 Charging Inlet Port

It's been a long time since I've been able to update this site or even work on the e-Bugeye. Life happens! It seems the IRS has "honored" us with an examination of our 2009 tax return. Preparing for the meeting took a solid month of full time effort on my part. Meeting is scheduled for early August. Stay tuned ...

On a brighter note, the wife and I celebrated 40 years of wedded bliss on June 5, and I can't say how much I appreciate her tolerance (bordering on encouragement) of my "projects". Now back to work.

The charging port is now installed in the deck where the gas filler used to be. I selected a NEMA 6-20 plug to match the 20 amp 240 volt outlet on the garage wall.

This wall outlet was installed by a previous home owner and was plugged into a truly huge air compressor when we bought the house. Thought that since it was there, might as well use it.

Looking inside the boot, the outlet port is connected to a NEMA 6-20 twist-lock receptacle ...

... which will mate with the NEMA 6-20 twist-lock plug on the charger input. This will give me the flexibility to use ...

... the J1772 charging station that was installed for our on-order Nissan Leaf, now scheduled for delivery week of July 6, 2011 ... attaching a NEMA 6-20 twist-lock receptacle to the J1772 Adapter Box sourced from I also plan to make a short extension cable with a standard NEMA 6-20 receptacle on one end and a NEMA 6-20 twist-lock plug on the other to allow this Adapter Box to plug in to the charge port in the rear deck. The City of Austin has announced plans to have 1000 public charging stations installed by December, 2011, all with J1772 plugs, so I will be able to opportunity charge when I'm out and about the city.

Closed up, it's nice and tidy and protected. Next step, install the rear battery packs.