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Chicago Condo 240V outlet installation cost

SCMODS

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Sep 29, 2019
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Chicago
New Model 3 owner here. I received 2 quotes to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet in my garage here in 60610 - Old Town, Chicago. Both quotes were approximately $1,000 each.

I live in a newer construction 3 unit condo building built in 2015. At first I needed to consider the use of a charge controller like the DCC-9 from Thermolec for home charging since my panel is located 3 stories up in my residence. However, I convinced the condo board members to allow me to charge from the 120V outlet in the garage which runs to the building's common meter/panel. The building is metered separately from each owner's panel and it only uses interior and exterior lights on a photocell. The building's electric bill is about the same every month, so I am paying any amount over an agreed monthly average price. I've been charging on a 120V 15amp outlet for a couple of months and it can't keep up with my commute. And with the cold Chicago winter approaching I suspect 120V/15A charging is not going to cut it.

The building's electrical panel is located inside in a common area hallway just on the other side of our interior garage and my assigned parking spot. Separated by split-face concrete block wall. So a masonry drill is needed to run the wire to the new outlet. One of the electricians said he would just drill a hole behind the building's panel through the wall and attach a 14-50 outlet in a new box on the other side which is conveniently on the same wall as my assigned parking spot, so I will not need any long conduit runs to my M3.

Is $1,000 for this work typical for the area?
 

SCMODS

New Member
Sep 29, 2019
2
0
Chicago
Ha! Cost me something like $50 in parts and 1hr of time. No way I'd pay $1,000 for that.
I know! I paid an electrician $125 to install a 14-50 at my parent's house in rural NW Illinois one month ago. About the same amount of work and parts minus the drilling through masonry part. Maybe 3-4 feet of wire run.
 

arghx7

Member
Aug 6, 2019
510
513
Michigan
$1000 isn't bad if you look at it in a larger context. I rent a house in Michigan that was built in the 1920's. To get a NEMA 14-50 into my garage requires running a bunch of higher capacity wire, upgrading the breaker, etc, and will be more than $1000 due to all the stuff involved.

I charge at work so I haven't bothered getting one installed but to me $1000 for an installation that involves more than just a plug is not bad at all.
 

Pjain

New Member
Jan 3, 2020
1
0
Chicago
New Model 3 owner here. I received 2 quotes to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet in my garage here in 60610 - Old Town, Chicago. Both quotes were approximately $1,000 each.

I live in a newer construction 3 unit condo building built in 2015. At first I needed to consider the use of a charge controller like the DCC-9 from Thermolec for home charging since my panel is located 3 stories up in my residence. However, I convinced the condo board members to allow me to charge from the 120V outlet in the garage which runs to the building's common meter/panel. The building is metered separately from each owner's panel and it only uses interior and exterior lights on a photocell. The building's electric bill is about the same every month, so I am paying any amount over an agreed monthly average price. I've been charging on a 120V 15amp outlet for a couple of months and it can't keep up with my commute. And with the cold Chicago winter approaching I suspect 120V/15A charging is not going to cut it.

The building's electrical panel is located inside in a common area hallway just on the other side of our interior garage and my assigned parking spot. Separated by split-face concrete block wall. So a masonry drill is needed to run the wire to the new outlet. One of the electricians said he would just drill a hole behind the building's panel through the wall and attach a 14-50 outlet in a new box on the other side which is conveniently on the same wall as my assigned parking spot, so I will not need any long conduit runs to my M3.

Is $1,000 for this work typical for the area?


Hi, did you end up getting it installed? I recently moved into a condo in 60610 area as well and my building electrician initially quoted a 2K for common charging point and then said we cannot do it. I am looking for other alternatives.
 

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