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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Charging via UK Socket

Hi all,

Will I need to get a special charger installed, or can I get by with a regular household socket?

I've read about the ZOE's chameleon charger, and I know that charging would be fastest via a high-power specially-installed socket. I'm happy to leave the car charging overnight every night though, and can't see many occasions when I'd need to drive more than 100 miles in a day.

Can I get by with a normal power socket? Also, what happens if I'm running low on power visiting friends, will I be able to plug into someone else's regular power socket to get a bit of a boost?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 06:12 PM
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RE: Charging via UK Socket

I believe that things are maybe the opposite way around from the way you think. The Zoe comes with a cable designed to connect to a wall box, it does not come with the kind of cable you can plug into a regular household socket (though I believe you can buy one of these at extra cost for 'occasional use').

I've written about charging here (but Renault haven't provided a lot of detail):

http://myrenaultzoe.com/index.php/zo...tion/charging/

My comments on the 'occasional' cable are based on complaints on the French forum (http://renault-zoe.forumpro.fr/), where they think the cable should be included for free.
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RE: Charging via UK Socket

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Originally Posted by Deejay
Can I get by with a normal power socket? Also, what happens if I'm running low on power visiting friends, will I be able to plug into someone else's regular power socket to get a bit of a boost?
Probably not, but in some cases maybe.

In a typical house, many plugs share a single circuit. In our house, all the plugs on the ground floor are on one circuit and all the plugs on the first floor are on a second circuit.

The charger connector for a normal wall plug uses 10Amps of current. That is close to the limit for the entire circuit. Run anything else, like a kettle or heater and the circuit breaker (or fuse) will open.

Charge points that use the standard UK power plug are supposed to be on their own dedicated circuit. (Probably are supposed to have an RCD too. I'm not familiar with UK regulations)

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