Hi Mike. Did you get your level 2 charger? If You did, can you share any thoughts with us.Hi James,
Just bought a 2021 Touring. Have had it about a month as well. It's a lot of fun. A bit of a learning curve but it came easily enough. I just ordered a mustart travelmaster 2 level 2 charger. Looking forward to that.
I have read that also and I used to believe it. Then one day I decided to try it and I found that I can precondition using level 1. The only thing you can't do is charge and precondition at the same time. If the car is in the middle of charging and you turn on climate, the fan will blow but the AC compressor will not run because it gives priority to charging. I'm pretty sure that is true in winter also it will not run the heater while charging if you are using level 1.Also, you cannot precondition the cabin temperature before driving with lvl1.
As mentioned, level 2 charging with a 30 amp EVSE will charge in about 2.5 hours whereas level 1 charging could be 12-13 hours or so. However, your level 1 charger that came with the car will perform as a 12 amp level 2 charger with an adapter using 240v from a dryer plug or similar source. You will then reduce your charging time to around 6 hours. All that is required is an adapter cord that will allow you to feed 240v into it. I have used this technique on both my 2020 Clarity and my 2018 Pacifica hybrid. Works like a charm at my shop where I have not installed a level 2 charger. At home I use a level 2 30 amp charger in the garage.I don’t know if I really need one. Since I am retired I have all the time in the world. Waiting 12 hrs. to recharge is not an issue for me. Still curious how fast it will charge from the wall. Just asked if one day I decide to buy one. Thank you for the information.