Toyota RAV4 EV
BMW Mini E
The BMW Mini E
Today, we're one step closer to getting the car! Our charger cable
was installed and the final electrical inspection passed -- all (surprisingly)
smoothly done by 9:30AM. (An interesting side note: the city inspector
showed up in a BMW. Business must be good in some parts of the economy!)
A charging procedure sticker for the Mini E was added to the charger box, but
at first glance it looks a bit confusing and un-helpful. It would probably be
adequate to just have a warning like: "Do not unplug while charging!"
Incidentally, I was told by the installer that the Clipper Creek charger box will not
resume charging after a power failure. This is a problem also with our Toyota inductive
charger. It should be clear that a short power outage in the middle of the night will
be a problem in that the car may not be charged as expected overnight. This also
makes it unusable with an external timer-switch. Only our original GM/Hughes inductive
charger did it right!
The car-end of the charger cable is a hefty connector with three large and three small
connections. The cable itself has 3 power wires (2 AC + Ground conductors) plus one relatively
thin wire, presumably for communications between the car and the charger.