mwalsh wrote: Yanquetino wrote:
Here's an obviously novice question. Is Nissan's L1 EVSE designed for the entire planet, but simply "enabled" for 120V (U.S.) or 240V (Europe) when shipped? In other words, does this upgrade simply tap into the European components already inside? Or are they entirely different animals, depending upon the side of the ocean to which the LEAF is destined to be delivered?
I ask because, if it is a "generic" cordset, I suppose that someone visiting Europe could conceivably buy one from a Nissan dealer, bring it home, and swap the plug to accommodate an array of U.S. 240V adaptors. I am probably missing a crucial detail, however.
No, the units are definitely not universal. At an absolute bare minimum one would have to replace the 120v transformer in the US model to work @ 240v. So, as Gary advises (and I think it does bear repeating for the newbies), do not try to plug a stock US unit into 240v.
Huh...? I must not have been clear in my question: I wasn't even thinking
of plugging an unmodified
U.S. version L1 EVSE into a 240V receptacle --nor would I!
I was simply wondering whether Ingineer's upgrade merely "enabled" the same 240V internal components
found in the EU version. He clarified above that this isn't the case because the cordsets destined for the U.S., E.U., and even Japan markets are entirely different animals. He also clarified that, with a proper plug adaptor, one could conceivable use the 240V E.U. version in this country, but with lower amps than with his upgrade, and not