TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Good electrician for South Bay Los Angeles/Torrance?

Discussion in 'California' started by drayers, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. drayers

    drayers Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2013
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Hi,

    Might need a lot of work done upgrading the electricity for the new Tesla. Any recommendations for the South Bay area?
    Meter is on neighbor's unit about 80ft from the garage. I think only 100A currently going to my house :(

    Thanks!!
     
  2. AEdennis

    AEdennis Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,746

    I just got work done from an Electrician friend of my mother (she's a realtor.) Real clean work. He lives in LA and has done work for my mom in West Covina (to wire up her 30A Plug In Aerovironment for her Leaf) and he just completed work for me in Long Beach a couple of 14-50s (and a 6-50) for my pending Teslas... (already have a 32A Chargepoint for my ActiveE.) So, I think he'll drive to the South Bay from LA for the right-sized job.


    I WAS going to put in 100A to the garage for a HPWC. But the materials cost for the job was approx. $2000 for 100A to get from my main to my garage (basically the whole length of the house) with a lot of conduit work and the like. Basically went with a 70A feed to one of the 14-50s that we'll swap out for a HPWC running at 70% when I take delivery of our S in November.

    One thing to consider though is to get your feed and main updated... I had 100A originally, until I installed Solar, then the panel upgrade went up to 200A and I'm saving money on my EV driving. With the Active E the 100A was fine as I only drew 32A for my Chargepoint EVSE, but there will be several months where there will be three EVs at the house until BMW forcibly rips my beloved Active E away from me.

    If you're interested in my electrician's info, PM me.

    Dennis
    My Blog (mainly Active E for now and Tesla stuff as it grows...)
    Active E driver with 42,500 miles in almost 18 months. Roadster #78 when they finally complete PDI (new estimate Friday the 23rd). Tesla Model S requested November 2013 delivery in Blue/Tan WITH Sub-zero Package in Southern California... Because COLD is a relative term.
     
  3. Ampster

    Ampster Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    614
    Location:
    Hermosa Beach CA USA
    Sounds like you may be living in a townhome. If there is a Home Owners Association, you may need to get their approval, which cannot be unreasonably withheld.
     
  4. rage_777

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2013
    Messages:
    157
    Location:
    US
    I don't have the number on me now, but I can get it for you if you want. I upgraded my panel and the guy did a great job. I found his name from Angie's List. He got the permits and is licensed/bonded.
     
  5. drayers

    drayers Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2013
    Messages:
    23
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Ended up just adding a 14-50 without upgrading the infrastructure - was getting quotes upwards $10k+!
    About $350 to change the breakers, and add the outlet.
     
  6. AEdennis

    AEdennis Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2013
    Messages:
    1,746
    Sounds about right. Go Solar, they'll upgrade your panel then...

    And get locked into a good tariff before SCE screws around with you.

    Dennis
    My Blog (mainly Active E for now and Tesla stuff as it grows...)
    Active E driver with 42,500 miles in almost 18 months. Roadster #78 when they finally complete PDI (new estimate Saturday the 24th). Tesla Model S requested November 2013 delivery in Blue/Tan WITH Sub-zero Package in Southern California... Because COLD is a relative term.
     
  7. Lumenselectric

    Lumenselectric New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Torrance,CA
    If you want to get Edison's low rates,let me know we have vast experience installing power and stations for electric cars, prices are upfront and no crazy 1ok estimates, best regards,Chris. Lumens Electric.jpg LUMENS ELECTRIC 2 27  2011.JPG
     
  8. Ampster

    Ampster Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2012
    Messages:
    614
    Location:
    Hermosa Beach CA USA
    Do you install solar? If so PM me.
     
  9. simplesolar

    simplesolar Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2013
    Messages:
    250
    Location:
    SoCal
    If you need solar, we can install the outlet and upgrade your panel for you all together. If not, just hire a local electrician for the plug. Shouldn't cost you more than couple hundred dollars.
     
  10. BrianMac

    BrianMac New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    1
    Location:
    Beverly Hills

Share This Page