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GM replacing Volt cable. Presidents and Prime Ministers don't control gasoline or petrol prices. A great scooter sharing idea hits regulatory speed bump. Morgan Motor debuts its classic roadster PLUS E in England, while EV World finally gets to drive the Fisker Karma. These and much more...
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INSIDER ILLUSTRATED EDITION 12.12

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  • GM TO REPLACE CHEVY VOLT 120V PORTABLE CHARGER CABLE
  • GASOLINE PRICES: WHO'S REALLY IN CHARGE?
  • SCOOT NETWORK HITS DMV SPEED BUMP IN CALIFORNIA
  • ELECTRIC ROADSTERS THE MORGAN MOTOR WAY/a>
  • FIRST DRIVE: FISKER KARMA
  • HEINS EFFECT: IT'S FOR REAL
  • GM TO REPLACE CHEVY VOLT 120V PORTABLE CHARGER CABLE
    Owners of early 2011 Chevrolet Volts are being offered a replacement cable for their 120V portable charge units after several reports that the cable was over-heating. One owner even reported a 2nd degree burn after unplugging his car and had the cable brush against him.

    While it would be easy to speculate that the cable is at fault, the web site reporting the problem suggests that it isn’t, in fact, the cable, but the outlet into which it is plugged that may be the culprit. Writes Green Car Report, “Unlike purpose-built Level 2 charging stations, a humble 110v domestic outlet shares a power supply with other outlets in the house. This is fine for powering things like computer or entertainment systems, but when overloaded with an electric car could represent a major fire hazard.”

    It may be the overloaded circuit that is causing resistance in the cable that results in it getting hot. Some owners have reported the plastic insulation becoming discolored due to excessive heat. It would be advisable before plugging an electric car into a common 120V outlet to first find out what else is on that circuit. In the case of our plug-in Prius, we found that it shared the same outlet as the garage door opener and a couple of outlets in an unused bedroom above the garage. We make sure we don’t overload them with other appliances, while the car is plugged in overnight.

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