It’s been about 3 months since I took ownership of the fully electric e-NV200 van and it’s been super easy to live with so far.
To the best of my knowledge there are 4 of them in the Wellington region to date (I know two of the other owners). I’m puzzled at why there are not more of them around as it makes so much sense for a small business.
I’m getting about 120 KM on a full charge which is enough for what I do on a daily basis.
Charging the Batteries
Nearly all of my charging is done at home via a JuiceBox Worx EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment). It provides the van with a 32 amp AC supply which the vans 6.6KW charger converts into DC to charge the batteries. This will fully charge the van from empty in about 4 hours (24KW battery).
It’s not exactly the most stylish unit to look at and in my option would look quite naff if it was bolted onto the side of the garage wall or the fence. Therefor the decision was made to hide it in the retaining wall behind a door.
Building the charge box
I stated off by building a box into the wooden wall that supports the fence.
Tristram from Tristram J Electrical then wired the EVSE up and mounted it to the back of the box (I had dug a trench for the cable in advance).
A sheet of ply was used to hide the EVSE control box and another sheet of ply was then fitted as a door with hinges at the base and a magnet at the top to keep it shut.
After this a notch was cut in the ply to allow the door to close whilst the cable was in use.
I then installed LED lighting behind the top batten facing downwards to act as back lighting which can be turned on with the garage door remote or a switch by the front door. This activates an adjustable timer. The LED strip above the door also lights up the box when it is open so it’s super easy to see in the dark.
Next came the rest of the battens which my mate Jim cut to size and helped fit to finish the clean look. The top batten of the door has hinges as the gap between each batten was to tight for the cable.
There is also a hidden hose reel built into the wall to wash the van, bike, plants etc.
Here’s a video of it in action which includes a couple of functions I’ve added to the vans remote control which I’ll explain soon: