The Standard Renault EVSE
Renault are a little bit different in that they do not provide a portable EVSE as standard. The list price for their 10 amp “occasional use” EVSE is £560. Given that the Zoe is pretty inefficient when charging at 10 amps, especially if you have a Q210 or Q90 model, you might be better off spending your money on and EVSE that can you vary the power.
Single Phase EVSEs
Available in New Zealand
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Available from Overseas
One of the benefits of owning a Renault Zoe is that depending on the model it’s capable of charging at 22kW (Q210/Q90 models) or 43kW AC (R240/R90 models). This means if you have access to a three phase socket with a 22kW EVSE you can charge your Zoe at under an hour (for a 22 kW Zoe) without having to rely on anyone else’s charging infrastructure!
There are a number of 22kW EVSEs on the market
- NRGkick by DiniTech GmbH (Austria) - http://www.nrgkick.com
- EVR3 - http://www.e-station-store.com/en/portable-charging-stations/36-evr3-type-2-max-22-kw-portable-charging-station.html
- Maxicharger - http://www.automobile-propre.com/boutique/29-maxicharger
- AGT Combo - http://gyorstoltok.hu/termek/agt-combo-type2-easy-elektromos-auto-tolto/
- go-eCharger- https://go-e.co/en/
As an example, you can see a comparison between the NRGkick and the Maxicharger here (although it is in German): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAxVdNtO1j8
I went with the NRGkick unit because:
- Positive feedback from other users on the UK Renault Zoe Facebook page (there was no feedback on any of the other units)
- With the Bluetooth capability it is possible to see how much energy the system is drawing
- Being able to control the charging process (from 6A – 32A in 1A steps) over your smartphone allows you to adjust your charging process to a photovoltaic system (although the Zoe cannot charge below about 10 amps)
- It uses a genuine Mennekes cable
- It’s the most professional looking unit
- While the unit is more expensive than the other options, the adaptors are much cheaper, so it works out much the same once adapters are included
- They can supply the unit with either a European three phase 32A CEE plug or the NZ-appropriate 3 phase plug. However, the problem about going with the NZ three phase plug is that making up adapters with a NZ three phase inline socket is an expensive proposition. So I stuck with the three phase 32A CEE plug, so that any adaptors I need, I can use the relatively inexpensive CEE three phase socket. Note that NRGkick supplied these to me for 15 Euro.
- They can supply an adapter with an NZ 3112 plug on request, so one less to make up