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As a Tesla and Leaf owner, I second the suggestion to just buy a good L2 EVSE and you can use it to charge both vehicles (that's what I do). I have a JuiceBox Pro 40 EVSE connected to a NEMA 14-50 that can supply more power than the Leaf can use and gets close to the max that the Model 3 LR can accept and it's a smart charger so you can control it from your phone, get stats on how much electricity you've used to charge the EVs, etc.
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I recently bought a 2016 smart car electric vehicle and like the OP I have a 250V/50A outlet in my garage that used to be used for other equipment. Is it possible to buy a 240V/40A charger and plug it into the 250V/50A outlet without damaging the charger or the car?
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240 Volt, NEMA 14-50...

Clipper Creek 240 volt, NEMA 14-50 socket, 3.8 kW (16 amp)


https://store.clippercreek.com/level...vse-14-50-plug


Note that the Smart charges at 3.3 kW per hour max, but can pull a little more if you precool or preheat the interior....
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I recently bought a 2016 smart car electric vehicle and like the OP I have a 250V/50A outlet in my garage that used to be used for other equipment. Is it possible to buy a 240V/40A charger and plug it into the 250V/50A outlet without damaging the charger or the car?
Yes, just like you can plug a 1/2 Amp 60W lamp into a 120 Volt, 15 or 20A circuit. The load will draw what it needs. In the case of an electric car EVSE (what everyone calls a "charger"), it is treated as a continuous load, meaning limited to 80% of the circuit capacity, meaning a 50A circuit is perfect for a 40A charger anyway.

Likewise, the EVSE "offers/advertises" a certain amount of current capacity and the car charger takes what it needs up to that amount.

You'll be fine. Your case is the "normal" case.
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