Don’t be ChargePoint

From Josh Charles. I wanted to review a ChargePoint Home Flex Level 2 EV charger, but problems began as I set it up and connected the smart features. I discuss the poor Charge Point customer service, IoT device locking, used device markets, and what needs to change @thejoshcharles

ChargePoint Failed Me

From Josh Charles. I wanted to review a ChargePoint Home Flex Level 2 EV charger, but problems began as I set it up and connected the smart features. I discuss the poor Charge Point customer service, IoT device locking, used device markets, and what needs to change. 0:00 Introduction 0:34 The Problem 1:39 ChargePoint Service…

My First Year EV Savings

From Josh Charles. High gas prices have people considering electric vehicles as an inflation hedge. How much did I save driving my 2020 Chevy Bolt EV for the past year? Did it beat my old Subaru WRX and how would it compare against a new Honda Civic? Hint, it was worth it – for me.…

The Future of Multi-Family EV Charging: Orange Charger

From Josh Charles. Multi family electric vehicle charging is rare or often non-existent. Orange Charger is changing the EV charging game with their low-cost 120v or 240v smart outlet with billing and power usage features. I’ve had a NEMA 6-20 Orange Charger for a while and want to show you how it could help drivers…

Problems Road Tripping my EV?

From Josh Charles. I road trip my Chevy Bolt EV over 1,500 miles from Pennsylvania to Illinois. What is fast charging like in 2022? Did Electrify America fail me? How did I plan the trip? Was it a terrible trip? I explain my overall experience, the challenges I experienced, and future improvements that need to…

Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox Home Review

From Josh Charles. I review the new Autel MaxiCharger AC Wallbox Home 40A Level 2 EV Charger. This smart EVSE includes unique features and is a fantastic value and, I think, high-quality charger. You can purchase the MaxiCharger here: @ Autel’s official product page can be found here: @ions/residential-chargers Autel provided me with this charger…

Making a Non-Tesla Universal Mobile Connector

From Josh Charles. I converted a Tesla Universal Mobile Connector (UMC) to a J1772 plug for my Chevy Bolt or any non-Tesla EV. The UMC is an awesome electric car charger and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to build a custom one. If you are interested in one of these, please contact me at @ghtning@gmail.com.…

Installing an Outlet for Level 2 EV Charging

From Josh Charles. Installing a 50 Amp NEMA 14-50 outlet for 240V (Level 2) electric vehicle charging can be relatively simple, quick, and inexpensive. This is how I installed one a few feet below the electric panel at our family’s beach house. This project entails working around high-powered 240V electricity. If you are not comfortable…

Driving the Mach-E to My Mechanic Dad

From Josh Charles. We took the Ford Mustang Mach-E on a road trip to my dad (a lifelong mechanic). Is it a good EV? What’s it like to drive? Is it exciting? What about charging? Is it a real Mustang? These were the questions we answered during our trip around the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania.…

The Truth About EV Emissions

From Josh Charles. Is a coal-powered Tesla electric car dirtier than an ICE car? Vehicle CO2 emissions are a big deal. I examine the numbers on ICE vs EV emissions with surprising results along the way. Learn how you can go solar with EnergySage: https://www.energysage.com/p/nxtgarage/ Sources —————————————————————————————————————————– [1] https://www.bts.gov/content/average-fuel-efficiency-us-light-duty-vehicles [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK531294/ [3] https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle [4] https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/electricity/electricity-in-the-us.php…

Elon’s Cybertruck is Really Efficient!

From Josh Charles. How efficient will the Tesla Cybertruck be, and what size battery will it have? I use some quik maths that suggest the Cybertruck will be very efficient and discover a ton of other interesting things about the Cybertruck along the way. Some More EV Content for You ——————————————————————————————– The Truth About Tesla…

Amazing Overlooked EVs

From Josh Charles. My mission was to find the top electric cars (as of 2020) that weren’t a Tesla. Here are my top 5 EVs from the past and today and a bit of their stories. Some More EV Content for You ——————————————————————————————– The Truck About Tesla Battery Degradation – and Other EVs: https://youtu.be/IHz-Kx5h_Tw The…

Cybertruck Changes Car Guy’s Life

From Josh Charles. My car guy perspective on 6 ways the Tesla Cybertruck would change my life today. The efficiency, price, performance, storage, off road abilities, suspension, and low maintenance of this electric truck have won me over. How could I buy another car with this out there? Be sure to check out Todd’s (The…

The Truth About Tesla Battery Degradation – and Other EVs

From Josh Charles. How bad is battery degradation for used EVs? I examine how lithium ion batteries work, why they lose capacity, and what battery lifetime is like for a Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, and Chevy Bolt. Will electric vehicle batteries only last a few years or a lifetime? Some Other Tesla Content ——————————————————————————————…

The Overlooked Cybertruck Feature Hidden in Plain Sight

From Josh Charles. Elon Musk’s newly unveiled Tesla truck delivers a smackdown to rust. I look at historic Fords, a Porsche 911, and Deloreans vs. the Cybertruck (all in stainless steel). How does rust fare against stainless steel, and why aren’t there more cars made from this metal? Use my referral link to receive 1,000…

Sledding Down a Road on the Ski Sled

From Josh Charles. I test my DIY ski sled on a snowy road. It wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, but it corners really well! This is just my first test of the sled, but it won’t be the last. If you’re interested in how I built this sled, you can check out…

The Volkswagen ID.R Changed my Mind

From Josh Charles. The VW ID.R electric Pike’s Peak hill climb car convicted me that EVs are the future. Nikola Garage is all about working on electric vehicles, EV charging, and exploring the future of transportation. Subscribe to stay updated when I release new videos. My gear (Affiliate links support the channel & you pay…