Can I use 240V 30amp or higher amp cable to charge 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in instead of 120V 12amp?

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  1. Angry bird

    Angry bird Junior Member

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    Can I use 240V 30amp or higher amp cable to charge 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in instead of 120V 12amp?
     
  2. gallde

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    Yes, you are talking about "level two" charging, and the PIP can do that. You will need a level-two charging cable which you can find for as little at $200, and a 220V outlet installed to match the cable.
     
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  3. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    You can use Level Two charging, the Prius PHV is still limited to 12 Amps, so it halves the time of 120 volts charging.
     
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    At home I have a 40 Amp/240 volt setup. It has its own line back to the breaker box. However the first gen will only pull 13 Amps while its charging, that doesn't change. I deliberately had the system oversized in preparation for whatever comes next. It is trivially easy to have the electrician add a 120 V outlet while he is installing your charger. Quite handy for various car related purposes, totally beats running an extension cord through the door.
     
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