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I live in an apartment that the EV space is ALWAYS ICEd. Can anyone recommend an extension cable that the j1772 will plug into and then i can plug that into my car so I can park next to it? The cable is JUST short enough that it wont reach my car.
 

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There are a number of good J1772 extension cables (Lectron being a good manufacturer, among others). Of course length and amperage throughput drive respective cost differentials. Also of course L1 vs. L2.
It appears your extension length needs are relatively short, but what are your voltage & amp flow needs/expectations?
Wouldn't it be easier to contact your building manager and ask them in turn to better mark the space if necessary and to notify offenders (you can photo license plates and forward)? Of course that doesn't help when you need a charge NOW. :(
 

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There are a number of good J1772 extension cables (Lectron being a good manufacturer, among others). Of course length and amperage throughput drive respective cost differentials. Also of course L1 vs. L2.
It appears your extension length needs are relatively short, but what are your voltage & amp flow needs/expectations?
Wouldn't it be easier to contact your building manager and ask them in turn to better mark the space if necessary and to notify offenders (you can photo license plates and forward)? Of course that doesn't help when you need a charge NOW. :(
Amazon sells a tire boot lock for under $80. Just sayin ... ;)
 

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It would be a good idea to ask the appt. manager to put up a sign "EV Parking ONLY" or even add " or you will be towed". Some folks are just JERKS. I have seen them park in EA charger slots. I have emailed EA and suggested EV Parking Only signs!
 

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There are a number of good J1772 extension cables (Lectron being a good manufacturer, among others). Of course length and amperage throughput drive respective cost differentials. Also of course L1 vs. L2.
It appears your extension length needs are relatively short, but what are your voltage & amp flow needs/expectations?
Wouldn't it be easier to contact your building manager and ask them in turn to better mark the space if necessary and to notify offenders (you can photo license plates and forward)? Of course that doesn't help when you need a charge NOW. :(
Hey there! So I’ve tried to talk to them, they still have yet to put a sign up, I had brought up a sign when I bought the car and they said they had ordered one (over 4 weeks ago). And yes! I have to make a 100 mile drive and I’m about 18% SoC right now.

great questions, admittedly I’m a bit ignorant on the specs I would need, (1st time EV Owner), the station my building has is a Leviton Evr-green but I’m not sure if it’s 30a or 40a or the wattage.
 

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Amazon sells a tire boot lock for under $80. Just sayin ... ;)
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It would be a good idea to ask the appt. manager to put up a sign "EV Parking ONLY" or even add " or you will be towed". Some folks are just JERKS. I have seen them park in EA charger slots. I have emailed EA and suggested EV Parking Only signs!
Yes! There are 2 plugs, And I’m not sure why the developer did this.. but one side is a normal space and the other is a handicapped.
 

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Ok, so if 30A-or-40A it's likely a Level 2 (L2) 240V EVSE installed. That's great!


Still pricey ($159) as the standard 20' length minimum. This is just one manufacturer however.

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great questions, admittedly I’m a bit ignorant on the specs I would need, (1st time EV Owner), the station my building has is a Leviton Evr-green but I’m not sure if it’s 30a or 40a or the wattage.
 

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It would be a good idea to ask the appt. manager to put up a sign "EV Parking ONLY" or even add " or you will be towed". Some folks are just JERKS. I have seen them park in EA charger slots. I have emailed EA and suggested EV Parking Only signs!
Sadly, even with such signs, it's ultimately up to the property/lot owner on what he or she wants to do if spaces are ICE'ed.
 

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Ok, so if 30A-or-40A it's likely a Level 2 (L2) 240V EVSE installed. That's great!


Still pricey ($159) as they all seem to be the standard 20' length. This is just one manufacturer however.
Thank you so much! I appreciate the recommendation and info!!
 

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Sadly, even with such signs, it's ultimately up to the property/lot owner on what he or she wants to do if spaces are ICE'ed.
A tow truck driver shows up in my YouTube feed who it seems mainly services apartment complexes for what seem like petty parking infractions. I'd think the property manager needs to be persuaded into strong enforcement tactics, same as they (hopefully) would if somebody improperly parked in a DP space.

Signs will go ignored if there's no follow - through, and an expensive extension cord will be useless if the next space over is legally occupied, or it will get damaged or stolen.

So dustID, are you the only EV owner in the complex?
 

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A tow truck driver shows up in my YouTube feed who it seems mainly services apartment complexes for what seem like petty parking infractions. I'd think the property manager needs to be persuaded into strong enforcement tactics, same as they (hopefully) would if somebody improperly parked in a DP space.

Signs will go ignored if there's no follow - through, and an expensive extension cord will be useless if the next space over is legally occupied, or it will get damaged or stolen.

So dustID, are you the only EV owner in the complex?
Yeah that’s very valid. But who know’s if they will.. I am as of right now, although I saw a Nissan Leaf the other day, I’m sure if it was a visitor or a new resident. The apt I’m at is relatively new, I cant imagine there wont be other EV owners. I sent a msg to the mgt team today. No response. I feel like there isn’t a sense of urgency around the EV spot, it almost seems as its more of a “luxury“ to them.. vs. a necessity. One of the reasons we chose to move here was b/c I knew i was getting the ID.4 and wanted an easy charger. I even suggested to them, they post something about if there is another owner, only parking there when charging was needed (although common sense, people aren’t always considerate as we well know). What I’ve had to do now is have my spouse move the other car into the space, and we’d have to move it out for me to charge b/c it’s constantly ICE’d
 

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Yeah that’s very valid. But who know’s if they will.. I am as of right now, although I saw a Nissan Leaf the other day, I’m sure if it was a visitor or a new resident. The apt I’m at is relatively new, I cant imagine there wont be other EV owners. I sent a msg to the mgt team today. No response. I feel like there isn’t a sense of urgency around the EV spot, it almost seems as its more of a “luxury“ to them.. vs. a necessity. One of the reasons we chose to move here was b/c I knew i was getting the ID.4 and wanted an easy charger. I even suggested to them, they post something about if there is another owner, only parking there when charging was needed (although common sense, people aren’t always considerate as we well know). What I’ve had to do now is have my spouse move the other car into the space, and we’d have to move it out for me to charge b/c it’s constantly ICE’d
So you response is to have your spouse ICE the spot? How prophetic.
 

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So you response is to have your spouse ICE the spot? How prophetic.
Perhaps I should’ve been more clear as not to seem [as] hypocritical.

We don’t park there daily, the BMW or Kia parks there all day only moves a few times a week I’m guessing they work from home. Since we work odd shifts (not typical 9-5) it’s very difficult to make it back in time before they grab the spot again. So if we get lucky enough to have the spot open an hour before I get home we have to park the ionic there, unless I want to fast charge every time. Of course, should there be another EV and they finally get the sign there wouldn’t be the need.

Valid point noted though, I suppose the latter is a bit ironic/paradoxical of me to rant about… I’m just hopeful that even though I’m the only EV the management will see the importance to their resident. 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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So you response is to have your spouse ICE the spot? How prophetic.
It sounds like they're the only EV driver there. I guess if it doesn't inconvenience anyone else, it makes sense so the EV charging station can actually get some use there.
 

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I believe this is an ADA requirement for new construction, which you have said it is.
I feel bad now that I didn’t even think about that. But I decided to look, and you’re right.

From an article
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not have a standard for how to address the number of or methodology for installation of the accessible electric vehicle charging stations that should be provided. However, per the United States Access Board, an independent federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities, it is advisable to address access to EV charging stations so they are usable by people with disabilities. California is the first state to incorporate a requirement for this into the building code; other states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado provide guidelines.
I live in NC. So that answers my question, but it also says in the NC Code

Availability for Use
It is not recommended to mark accessible charging spaces for the use of only disabled-marked vehicles because:
• The primary purpose of charging spaces is vehicle
fueling; and
• The installation of accessible charging spaces does
not reduce the number of required accessible parking spaces at the same site.

So essentially it should be marked Accessible or EV charging? (Rhetorical) that almost defeats the purpose so I see why it’s marked the way it is is now
 

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So essentially it should be marked Accessible or EV charging? (Rhetorical) that almost defeats the purpose so I see why it’s marked the way it is is now
Here's how a new Ikea handled a Blink EVSE install. As you pointed out, an accessible charging spot. They could have made them more accessible to all by not installing all three on the parking lot islands. An expensive installation for 7.2 kWh Level 2.

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