Primarily a hint/suggestion/guideline/food-for-thought for new/prospective iMiEV owners. The EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) contains the J1772 plug and cable and is the interface box between the car and the house electrical system.
With our iMiEV's J1772 receptacle located on the starboard aft, uh, right rear
fender, it pays to think long and hard where and how we park our car in order to optimize the convenience of charging
. For some it might be easier to back the car in and have it parked close to the left wall of the garage, but probably for most of us it would be best to have it parked close to the right wall of the garage. In either case, the EVSE can be located within three feet (1m) of the car's inlet, making it very quick and effortless to uncoil a short amount of cable and plug the car in. That right-hand location is also close to the garage door, making it easy to plug in a visiting EV. This short run is certainly handier and less obtrusive than hooking up any EV having the inlet on its left side (leaving space to open the driver's car door forces a large separation), or even plugging in a Leaf if the EVSE is on a side wall. Something to think about, as this is an everyday activity, often used multiple times during a day.
In my case, I have both of my EVSEs (the L1 Mitsu and L2 SPX) mounted on the side wall very close to the right of the garage door. Both EVSEs are plugged-in (NEMA 5-15 and L6-30, respectively) and are easily and simply removable should I be taking an extended trip and want to take them with me. Only 3'-4' (~1m) of cord is ever needed, and the wire never ever
touches the ground.
What prompted this post was watching my good friend drag his dirty heavy J1772 cable about 15' (5m) across his garage floor to plug in his Leaf. DUH! Edit 12/6/12.
For completeness, forgot to mention that I have a switch on the 120vac line to totally turn off the L1 EVSE when it's not being used (as it draws 5W/14VA at zero load), and I've added a mechanical timer and kWhr meter on the 240vac line - see photo