I just ordered a Clipper Creek 40 amp charger. There is a 4 to 6 week waiting list.
And not knowing about the features, reviews, and who makes it is a problem. A Tesla owning electrician that I know told me to not get the one made by Bosch. Since he will probably bethe one doing my install, I listened.I recently ordered my id.4 a few weeks ago, and it is now at step 4, quicker than I thought. So I've been trying to get everything all set, including setting up some charging at home. I have noticed that the popular chargers (EVSE) are getting hard to find. The Chargepoint is out of stock on the manufacturer's website, although scalpers are selling them on Amazon for $1500 or so. Sigh.
I'm thinking that for now I will try to find a smaller dumb charger with selectable amperage that I can also take with me on trips, in case I can find an available dryer plug along the way. I know there have been several discussions here on dumb vs smart chargers, and the respective advantages.
Has anyone considered the Alpha EV charger with the touchscreen, not available yet, but available for preorder? $599 now, $699 when it comes out. Way more than I need, but sounds pretty cool to me!
And then there is the Electrify America Home charger which has promised to appear soon. I don't know anything about its features.
From all the issues with in-car charging control I see on this forum, a smart charger seems to be the wise choiceI am on hold for my AWD ProS, which will be my first EV ever, but still thinking about my level 2 charging needs, especially given the back-order status of some of the popular units.
My question is, does one really need a “smart” wall charger (like the Chargepoint), given that the vehicle seems to mostly control the charging anyway, or is a “dumb” charger good enough? Does a smart charger with its programs actually cause confusion with the car’s charging program?