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.
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.