Electric Auto Association
East (SF) Bay EAA Chapter

Open EVSE Charging Station Build Day

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Location: Alameda

Participation: 23 members


Tom Keenan's notes:

We had a very successful OpenEVSE Build Day thanks to Chris Howell, the designer of OpenEVSE Project, Mike O'Connell of O'Connell Volvo for graciously letting us use the shop space for building up the kits, and to all the builders and mentors at the EBEAA EVent last Saturday!


We met at the West End of Alameda at: O'Connell Volvo, 1537 Webster Street in Alameda. There were approximately 23 people at the event, and built eight OpenEVSE kits. Six were completed and tested.  Two needed some additional work, but we ran out of time as the venue closed at 3 PM - We ran a bit long...

We originally had nine builders on the list, but one had a combination of older and newer parts, and chose to build it up apart from the Build Day.

Scott Cornell tested all the units with his modified J1772 to 14-50 adapter. Someone brought an old Avcon unit to convert with a new-style plug, and it tested just fine!

Our three-hour meeting ended up in overtime, but overall we were quite successful with six OpenEVSE units built and tested, and two others needing a minor amount of work to be complete. Scott Cornell tested all the units with a modified J1772 to 14-50 adapter - all the tests, including the old-style 'fan test' worked like a charm! He even tested a resurrected Avcon EVSE that had been upgraded with a modern Yazaki-style (J1772) plug.

There were a couple of items left at the Build Day - a black jacket and a clear plastic cover for one of the OpenEVSE's built. If these items belong to you, please contact me off list so I can send them your way.

In addition, if anyone in the Bay Area needs help with building or completing an OpenEVSE Project, just let me know.


Bruce Parmenter's notes:



Here's the link to the OpenEVSE Google page:

EVs were on display in the parking lot after the meeting.


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