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My custom-built charging-station

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by raffiniert, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. raffiniert

    raffiniert Member

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    Hi there

    this is my 1st post here, so let me introduce myself first:

    When I was a kid, I was "infected" by the e-mobility-virus by my uncle (Eisenring Engineering | Stromboli Electric Vehicle, Small Hydropower, Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy Photovoltaics) who built some of the first EVs here in Switzerland and also won a lot of competitions with them. I helped him sand his female-molds for his body-work of the later car you can see on his site when I was around 12.

    22 years later, I am owner of my own small company doing UX- and SEO-optimizations for companies here in switzerland (raffiniert media gmbh | Webconsulting, Entwicklung, Design), I live in my own passiv-house (Detailansicht) and I'm a very satisfied owner and fan of a Tesla Model S.

    Because my hobbies involve lots of crafting (RC-modeling, home-built electric bicycles etc.) I had to build my own charging-station.

    So this was the plan I've drawn in CAD:

    ladesäule2.jpg

    and after a lot of work with 2 friends of mine, this is the result:

    Raphael Jeger on Twitter:

    The charging-stations has two CEE16-plugs on either side and one on the inside (there are 2 service-covers on the backside). The one on the inside is not yet used, but was installed for having a 2nd UMC permanently connected to the charging-station. Now the time has come, winter will soon arrive here in Switzerland and I'd like to install the 2nd UMC. I was frightened when I noticed that this part (Tesla Gear Shop Replacement Wall Connector Cable Organizer) to hold the plug on the HPWC / UMC is only available for the US-style connector - not for the EU "Type 2"-Mennekes connector.

    Now I hope someone has an idea - in the german Tesla-Forum, someone told me to ask Tesla to get a Supercharger-spare-part-cable-holder (what a word ;)), but I don't think I'll be able to get one of those.

    Anyway, I thought I'd try my luck here.

    Cheers!
    Raphael
     
  2. Killface

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    I bet German has a single word for this. What an awesome language it is!
     
  3. Denarius

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    Welcome to the forums! Your charging station is beautiful!
     
  4. meloccom

    meloccom Moderator Aus/NZ

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    In Australia we are also getting Type 2 connectors for our Model S.
    I have not got my car yet but my wall connector is installed.
    I asked about the cable organizer and they said they did not make one to fit Type 2 plugs but perhaps one would be available in 2015.
    I'm not holding my breath. ;_)
     
  5. youpidou

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    Your charging station is beautiful! Congratulations!

    I hope you manage to solve your issue, sorry I can't propose any help...
     
  6. Johan

    Johan Funds for M3 secured. Contingent on wife aproval.

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    Beautiful work!

    As for the cableholder (I propose the German word Superchargerersatzteilkabelhalter :smile:) my first thought would be to try to 3D print something going of measurements of the charge plug. Also, keep in mind that the EU connector is a standard Type 2 Menneks connector so that there could be many other manufacturers that would have an appropriate spart holder part.
     
  7. raffiniert

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    Wow! Thanks for all the replies!

    It's great that you like my charging-station :)

    I am building a charge-plug-holder myself, because none of the available options would do the charging-station justice. Want to see a small build-log?
     
  8. raffiniert

    raffiniert Member

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    Hey Guys

    this is my self-built cable-holder for the european Type 2-plug.

    IMG_1765.jpg

    It is already mounted to my charging-station, but no photo yet :)

    - - - Updated - - -

    this is how it looks when mounted...

    IMG_1763.jpg
     
  9. raffiniert

    raffiniert Member

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    As no one seems to care I stop my publishing here, ok?
     
  10. SW2Fiddler

    SW2Fiddler Ell Zee One, when the twins alit.

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    Not OK!
    I have been watching your progress and hope to see more pictures.
    I just don't have any questions ...yet.

    Rick
     
  11. NoCO

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    I normally don't post unless I need to add or question something. Great job, keep the photo's coming.
     
  12. airj1012

    airj1012 Active Member

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    I imagine other owners could be interested in purchasing your design should you want to offer it. Looks great!
     
  13. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    Just because noone or few people reply doesn't mean we aren't interested. It's a creative project and I look forward to seeing how it goes. Do, please, maintain this thread.
     

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