How To Set Up Your Tesla Model 3 Personal Charging Infrastructure

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JAN 13 2018 BY EVANNEX 5


Tesla Model 3 charging at a Supercharger (Image: Teslarati via Redditor WattLOL)


EVANNEX tries to design and develop great accessories that Tesla owners will love. But they also try to contribute to the Tesla community by developing useful information that can help Tesla owners better understand their vehicle and the emerging EV marketplace. This mini-tutorial is one example.

If you’re not aware — EVANNEX has developed a reasonably comprehensive Electric Vehicle University (EVU) curriculum, and the books Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3. And now, have started to develop a series of whiteboard animation tutorials for the Model 3 community. A new whiteboard animation series focuses on the things you need to do to get ready before you take delivery of Model 3.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.

The first tutorial is entitled, “Establishing a Personal Charging Infrastructure.” It focuses on what you need to do to set up charging for your Tesla Model 3 before you take delivery.

Soon, hopefully, very soon, you’ll receive an email from Tesla that will ask you to configure your Model 3. Once you’ve selected your options, placed yourself into the production queue and gotten over the initial excitement, you’ll probably have about 4 to 6 weeks (maybe eight) before your new Model 3 arrives. The big question is… what do you have to do to prep for your Model 3 during that time? In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss the things you need to understand in order to establish a personal charging infrastructure.

Above: Tutorial on setting up your own Tesla Model 3 personal charging infrastructure (Youtube: EVANNEX)

Let’s consider the big picture for just a moment. For charging, the key issues are convenience and speed.

  • You can live with relatively slow charging if it’s very convenient.
  • You can deal with some inconvenience if charging is really fast.

By convenience, we really mean the ability to multitask. That is, you can do other things while your Model 3 is charging. Ideally, your personal charging infrastructure should allow you to charge quickly and conveniently, but that’s not always possible, and in many cases, it’s not even necessary.

Think about charging at your residence. You’ll want a charging circuit that provides enough volts and amps to deliver electrical power to your battery quickly. In a residential setting, you should strive to achieve charging speeds in the range of 25 to 30 Miles of range per hour of charging. To accomplish this you’ll need a charging circuit that is 240 V and 40 A — sometimes referred to as a NEMA 14-50 Circuit or Class 2 charging.

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Charging a Tesla Model 3 in your garage (Image: EVANNEX)

What else do you need to learn? There’s a lot more in the video. Model 3 charging is probably the first thing you’ll need to get sorted out after you configure your Model 3. But there are other things you need to do (and understand) before your Model 3 arrives. We’ll consider them in other tutorials. To begin, check out this video to get a head-start before your Tesla Model 3 is delivered.


All content provided by Roger Pressman, author of Getting Ready for Model 3, and, founder of Electric Vehicle University.

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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5 Comments on "How To Set Up Your Tesla Model 3 Personal Charging Infrastructure"

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I appreciate that the video is free, presented as an important public service, and that it cost time and money to make; thank you for making an effort. But, as of 2018-Jan-13 the video is awful; I had to stop watching after less than two minutes. 1} The fake ‘this is my hand drawing the diagrams’ bit is using an extremely slow and erratic algorithm to fill in the blanks; sometimes leaving details out until the process just times out and shows us (for just a bare moment to two) what we actually wanted to see the whole time. This is very annoying. 2} The sound is of low quality; the music is a bit cheesy, repetitive, too loud, and doesn’t reflect what is happening on screen. The voice-over has too much background echo / reverb; it sounds like it was recorded in a broom closet. Lots of folks are going to need easy access to the information that you are trying to present; please try to do better. Again, thank you for the attempt.

Hmmm !

Not intending to detract from your comment and your own experience, but my experience was a bit different.

On a 5 yr. old MacBook Pro:

o There was no noticeable echo/reverb (tiny speakers see to that, I guess).
o The drawing wasn’t slow and didn’t time out (I could personally have done without it).
o The music didn’t seem to get in the way (and I generally despise canned music).

Anyway, for my ¢2, the overall “show” seemed very valuable for newbies.
I would ditch the magic hand in favor of a programmed build-up of the diagram blocks as it was a bit distracting.
But overall – I’d give it 8 out of 10 !

Yes, the video was cheesy and mostly a waste of time except for the last 2 minutes … it was good to know I can get a 240V extension cord and adapter to hookup to a 30A dryer outlet when visiting … or charge with a regular 15A – 120V outlet … albeit slowly.

HAHA! Don’t know about anyone else here, but I’d have to be VERY good friends with someone to ask them to trape a heavy (possibly dirty or dusty – unless I pre-cleaned it) extension cord through their house to the basement, 1st floor, or second floor dryer. If in a LAUNDRY ROOM, the outlet would be impossible to get to without playing a Rubic’s Cube operation to get at the receptacle, and then reversing the process after charging was completed. Of course, in my area the price difference between Electricity and gas (by heat content, – gas is about 1/6 th the price) means that the big box stores don’t even DISPLAY electric models anymore, they are so seldom sold for the above reason that less than 5% of sales in this market are for electrics. The things that USED to make gas dryers unpopular decades ago were: 1). Gas varied in pricing between 1/3 and 3/5 ths the cost of electricity, making their added cost not quite so compelling. 2). Gas, although being 100% effective (no waste heat other than some makes calling it ‘soft heat’ due to the water in the combusted gas), was pricey if you didn’t… Read more »

Urrgh. Charging port on the driver’s side. Unless the photo is mirrored

It’s sort of possible to understand that having the port on the driver’s side makes it harder to drive away, but that’s a software fix.

Meanwhile, port on driver’s side makes the problem of curbside charging a deal-breaker for charging at home for residences with no driveway (of which there are many).