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Old 15th September 2020, 08:56   #181
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Recharged car at the place where i stayed, using nothing but a level 1 charger (2.2 kW). Charging time: 17:45 h )
Did you use AirConditioning throughout the trip?
Did you stay at a hotel?
How difficult was it to convince them to charge your vehicle?
Did you pay them anything on electricity used for charging?
Did you charge from a 15 AMP socket or regular? You must be needing to carry cables and adaptors?
Asking because I am seriously considering an EV for my next car and yes I want to use it on highways, hoping to charge at lunch and night stopovers. If I do, will call and make charging requests beforehand I guess.

On many highways, especially Pune to Mumbai, there are loooong sections of downhill slopes which I am sure are excellent for regenerative energy?
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Did you use AirConditioning throughout the trip?
Did you stay at a hotel?
How difficult was it to convince them to charge your vehicle?
Did you pay them anything on electricity used for charging?
Did you charge from a 15 AMP socket or regular? You must be needing to carry cables and adaptors?
Asking because I am seriously considering an EV for my next car and yes I want to use it on highways, hoping to charge at lunch and night stopovers. If I do, will call and make charging requests beforehand I guess.

On many highways, especially Pune to Mumbai, there are loooong sections of downhill slopes which I am sure are excellent for regenerative energy?

Did you stay at a hotel? -> Yes

How difficult was it to convince them to charge your vehicle? -> Easy, not much effort, but they seemed a bit concerned and were contemplating on charging me for this extra service.

Did you pay them anything on electricity used for charging? -> No, I told them its important to consider how this might make sense for their patrons using EV`s to consider their property/hotel in future. They reluctantly agreed.

Did you charge from a 15 AMP socket or regular? You must be needing to carry cables and adaptors? -> Yes, the default cable that comes with Kona that uses the regular 15amps. The maintenance folks at the hotel, fixed me up using an extension cable, that they temporarily lined up from a near by socket.

Asking because I am seriously considering an EV for my next car and yes I want to use it on highways, hoping to charge at lunch and night stopovers. If I do, will call and make charging requests beforehand I guess -> yes that`s important, you got to plan and call them in advance, may not get a favorable response, but can`t stress them with too much info either. But most`em, especially the starry one`s, have no problem in obliging to such requests.

On many highways, especially Pune to Mumbai, there are loooong sections of downhill slopes which I am sure are excellent for regenerative energy? -> That`s an absolute certain. Having taken up on the infamous ghats of Karnataka (namely, shiradi & charmadi), i have thoroughly enjoyed the regen experience., adds significant amount of range, no doubt ! You got to plan it well though, needs gentle, precise and calibrated driving, anticipating the outcome of regen in advance, it comes with practice so don`t worry about it.
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Looks great. Would suggest having a 15 amp socket installed with a independent circuit breaker as well on the same line
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Here`s how they set it up in my apartment
Hi docsr and pkirwadi, I am planning for the ZS MG EV and need to understand how to get the AC Fast charger installed in an apartment.

I am in Bangalore and the BESCOM Sanctioned load in my Electricity bill is 3kW. On the BESCOM online portal there is an option to increase sanctioned load.

I wanted to know if you have got the sanctioned load increased , if yes was there any cost involved ?
I read here that the meter needs to be changed to a 3 phase.
What all does that involve ?
And is this a reversible process ?

This part of buying an EV is not advertised, just the fact you are getting a free charger. The Sales executive gave me some high figure of Rs 24000 to BESCOM as a refundable deposit.

Hence wanted to check what the real story would be.

pkirwadi that is some amazing stats of the Kona with 11KM/kWh, true to the max range.
The max the MG ZS EV will offer going by the marking material is 340km/44.5kWh = 7.64km/kWh, which is real life would be more like 6.74km/kWh
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I am really interested to know how the Delta wall box gets setup.
I have a single phase meter with 3kW sanctioned load from BESCOM.
On doing some googling higher than 5kW will need three phase meter and supply.
If I get 3 phase power supply setup does the whole flat needs to be done up to support 3 phase.
Can i just get a separate BESCOM Meter for the car ?
Any inputs from members who have got the Delta AC fast charger installed in an apartment complex.
So if i go for the MG ZS EV I might end up using the slow charger and need to charge more frequently.
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I am really interested to know how the Delta wall box gets setup.
I have a single phase meter with 3kW sanctioned load from BESCOM.
On doing some googling higher than 5kW will need three phase meter and supply.
If I get 3 phase power supply setup does the whole flat needs to be done up to support 3 phase.
Can i just get a separate BESCOM Meter for the car ?
Any inputs from members who have got the Delta AC fast charger installed in an apartment complex.
So if i go for the MG ZS EV I might end up using the slow charger and need to charge more frequently.
your 3kW line could be a hindrance, I have a 5 kW (single phase) line but i`m easily pulling over 7.5 kW and maxing out the delta charger. Your bill would typically indicate the max load consumed, so if its on a consistent basis, they normally upgrade your line and charge you extra for the consumed load. Single phase meter is what your need. Kona & Delta`s input requirements is limited to single phase, 7.2 kW. I do not recommend a separate meter.
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Old 17th September 2020, 13:24   #186
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your 3kW line could be a hindrance, I have a 5 kW (single phase) line but i`m easily pulling over 7.5 kW and maxing out the delta charger.
Thank you for the swift response, this makes perfect sense. Will do an upgrade to 5kW. As per my bill the average shows 1KW.
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