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The North American i3's included charging cable is 120V only, so plugging it into a NEMA 14-40 (208-240V) would fry it unfortunately.
I have read that the charging cable included with the new Volt includes a voltage-sensing power supply allowing it to operate at 120, 208, or 240V (i.e., Levels 1 or 2). EVSE Upgrade modifies the Level 1 charging cables included with many EV's so that they can charge at Level 1 or 2, but so far, they aren't upgrading the i3 charging cable. We had our i-MiEV charging cable upgraded by EVSE Upgrade so that we could use it as a Level 1 or 2 EVSE. This worked well for us because Level 2 12A charging was fast enough for our needs but would not be sufficient for those EV owners who occasionally need the faster high-power Level 2 charging provided by most wall-mounted EVSE's.
If you don't need the charging power of a wall-mounted Level 2 EVSE, you could buy a used Level 1 charging cable included with any EV supported by EVSE Upgrade and have it upgraded, but the total cost would probably be as much or more than the cost of the lowest-cost new Level 2 wall-mounted EVSE.
A thorough, and sensible answer. Thank you. Since I got the car last week, I don't even charge the car at home as I did the first day, and we HAVE SOLAR on our house! I live in San Diego and Charge Point has many ChargePoint stations close by. In fact the one at Fashion Valley is less than a mile from us. i just pull in and I'm charged in 15-20 minutes! And all FREE!
30 month Lease on a 17 Rex/Giga/tech/Parking/HK sound/ for $349 per mo. I am a happy man with no fuel costs whatsoever. Finally a $$$$$ advantage to living in Calif.
please dont experiment with the Level 1 charger that it came from i3. you can see clearly that its 120V only and not 120-240.
in my case, i have a centralized vacuum in the garage and it happens that my circuit breaker was loaded 20A. i just changed the wall plug to 6-20 240V $5 @ HD and bought level 2 charger 16A 240v and its 25ft plus case for $199!