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Home Charger Install: How Long Did Yours Take?

Discussion in 'California' started by bvrothe, May 13, 2015.

  1. bvrothe

    bvrothe New Member

    Mar 17, 2015
    United States
    Hi, I'm kind of new to all this (just took delivery of my S85 on Saturday), but I'm having a boatload of problems trying to get my home charger (The Tesla Wall Connector) installed.

    Actually, the installer isn't the problem. He's been great, but we can't get any movement from SCE at all. After two weeks of waiting, I finally got them to give me the phone number for the planning office in my area, where I talked to someone who gave me the name and phone numbers for my assigned planner.

    But all I ever get from him (and subsequent calls to the planning office) are voicemails and no return calls.

    Its not like I can just write them off and go to their competition.....

    How long did it take for you? Any tricks of the trade you'd like to share? Even my electrician has tried calling him a few times with no success.


  2. miimura

    miimura Active Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Los Altos, CA
    Your situation sounds unusual. The only reason to involve a SCE planner is that you need to upgrade your service, meaning the connection from your meter to the "pole". IMHO, if you are feeling the pain of utility delays, then you should just get a permit for the install without the service upgrade. Even a 20A 240V connection would be useful in the interim and would almost certainly be possible on your existing service. Have the electrician pull the wire that you will eventually need, but install a small breaker and low rated outlet for temporary use. If you don't want to use an outlet and the Mobile Connector, set the Wall Connector to the minimum amperage and install a matching breaker in your existing panel. That should be workable until you can get the service upgraded.
  3. mshuang

    mshuang Member

    May 19, 2015
    Southern CA
    After scheduling an appointment with my electrician, the actual install took about 3 hours and 2 guys. They needed to add another 100A breaker box and run the wire to the other side of the garage, where I wanted my charger.

    You may need to get permits from the city to get your charger installed. For mine, the city gave me a permit, and then had an inspector come by and check the next day.

    Hopefully your fuse box has enough left to add another circuit for the wall charger.
  4. jcaspar

    jcaspar Member

    Aug 19, 2013
    Mine took me probably 6 hours to install, maybe more, but this was for a 100 amp sub panel 30' away with two 14-50 outlets, one on each side of the garage. I wanted no visible conduit which made it take longer but looks really pretty.

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