My note to the US GSA regarding electric vehicles:
My wife bought a Chevy Volt about one year ago. She has gotten over 500 MPG in over 10,000 miles, with 28 PV panels of the roof of our house. But I have have found the chargers to be a nightmare. They are extremely over priced, and very poorly designed. The 110 volt charger supplied with the vehicle has an extremely short power cord and is very hard to plug in to a fixed outlet because of this. The unit is glued shut, so I have found it impossible to change the cord to one that is longer. We paid over $600.00 for an again outragously over priced 220 volt charger which we plug into a 30 amp dryer outlet in the carport. This charger failed within a few days of just one year of use. To me the chargers are the real deal breaker when it comes to electric vehicles. There needs to be better price control, and insistance on more durable and user friendly designs. As it stands now these chargers are unreliable, hard to use, and represent an extreme rip off of any consumer trying to go green. You can buy a lot of gas for the price of these poorly performing and poorly constructed chargers. By the way the 220 volt charger we have is manufactured by the Bosch Automotive Group.
Last edited by Joe_Linux; 04-04-2013 at 12:38 AM.