Tesla Now Offers Home Charger Installation

3 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 15

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Tesla Model X charging at home

Tesla continues to add to its plate, doing more to assure that the company can offer consumers a fully inclusive experience.

If Tesla could take care of every single aspect for all of its products, you can bet the company would do so. Customers can get an electric car, a solar roof, a Powerwall (home storage battery), and a home charging system. Tesla has already said that it will take care of all solar roof and Powerwall installations. Now, those that buy a vehicle from the Silicon Valley automaker can opt for the company to take care of installing a home charger.

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Corded Mobile Connector With Adaptors (Image Credit: Tesla)

Tesla is beginning to launch its “Home Charging Installation Program”, which will give buyers the option to pay Tesla to take care of that additional aspect of becoming an EV owner. The home charging situation that comes with purchasing an EV can actually be one of the more daunting and confusing facets of the taking the plunge. You can just use the vehicle’s provided mobile connector and a good old 110-volt plug. However, plan on waiting an hour to add about 3 miles of range. You’d have to plug the car in for three of four days to top it off.

Currently, the program is only launching in certain areas. According to Electrek, these states include Nevada, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut.

Buyers who choose to have the company take care of home charger installation will have a few different options. You can simply have the folks at Tesla install a 240-volt outlet with which you use your mobile connector, or go all out and have a hardwired Wall Connector installed at your home.

According to Electrek, the configurator shows a price of $1,000. Tesla will send a company-certified electrician to do all of the work. For a simple 240-volt outlet, this price seems steep. Even installing a Wall Connector isn’t much more work than the 240-volt outlet, so people could potentially hire it out cheaper. If it includes the ~$500 Wall Connector, the price is more reasonable. Nevertheless, if you can afford it, it does take an additional step out of the process and makes your life easier.

Source: Electrek

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15 responses to "Tesla Now Offers Home Charger Installation"

  1. Four Electrics says:

    For homeowners, there is little advantage to the HPWC. I find that a standard J-1772 offers more flexibility to host future EVs.

    1. Jelloslug says:

      Actually, for most Tesla owners, a NEMA 14-50 outlet is the best choice

      1. MTN Ranger says:

        Yes, I’m changing out my old 6-30 outlet for a 14-50 in preparation for my next car. NEMA 14-50 seems the most flexible since it works with Tesla and regular plug-in J1772 EVSEs.

    2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      Unless you have a Model S/X with dual chargers.

      1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

        Or the current 48kW charger in the S/X.

        Or multiple Teslas. HPWCs have power-sharing built in.

        (But personally I’d go for NEMA 14-50 and a spare UMC.)

        1. MikeM says:

          48kW ????? That’s 200A at 240V.
          My whole house main breaker is 200A !!

          Something a bit off here!

          1. digicool says:

            He meant to say 48A, that is ~11.5kW.

            With my Model X 72A charger I can go upto 45 range miles /hr if I need to. But I usually dont go over 40A.

    3. Bill Howland says:

      The advantage is the HPWC is cheaper than other 80 amp wallboxes by far.

  2. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

    Good for those with the money go have them get a new 50A circuit and socket pulled and mounted and not worry about contacting an electrician.

  3. David Murray says:

    I think $1,000 total for the charging station and installation is not a bad price. But the article is a bit ambiguous as to whether the station is included.

  4. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

    The wording from the Electrek article. The example is the Model X:

    “Tesla will install a 240V socket near your parking spot, providing up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Most installations cost $1,0000. If your home requires electrical upgrades or other trade work to accommodate charging, additional charges may apply. You may also upgrade to a Wall Connector for a higher rate of charge.”

    So:
    – It’s just the socket.
    – No price is given. It’s just a high estimated cost.

    Well, that was easy.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      (Note that it’s the wording from an image of Tesla’s configurator).

  5. bjrosen says:

    Assuming that the $1000 includes the EVSE the price is what you would pay if you bought an EVSE and had an electrician install it. My ClipperCreek cost $595, my electrician charged me $375 to install it.

  6. Electrician says:

    All they can give is a rough estimate, since every house is different. If your panel is in your garage, then it will be far cheaper. But if it’s in a finished basement, then it could easily be over that price.

  7. Don Zenga says:

    Please include Hawaii also since they use Oil for power generation and its expensive.

    Its likely the people of Hawaii may buy more Model-3 since its only a small state and the 220 mile range will take them to many places with the state. Having a Powerwall will be of great help to them.

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