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List of Electrical Contractors That Are Friendly to EV Owners

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DJ Frustration, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. DJ Frustration

    DJ Frustration Model X Sig, Former Model S, Model 3 Res

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    Does anyone think it makes sense to start maintaining a list of Electrical Contractors that we've had success working with for our home charging outlet installations?

    Thoughts?

    I obtained three different quotes for my NEMA 14-50 install and they were all over the map. Contractors that don't see $$ signs when an EV is mentioned should be rewarded with our business.
     
  2. Tommy

    Tommy Member

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    Excellent idea. Regarding pricing, I did my own install and I can confirm there is a large difference in price just in the parts. A NEMA 14-50 receptacle can vary in price between $10-$80; there is a difference in quality, thou may not be worth it to pay extra for some. Same goes for the junction box, circuit breakers, etc. The price difference can be as simple as one contractor using "contractor grade" and the other using "commercial grade" parts.
     
  3. sublimaze1

    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    I have an electrical contractor, Chris Grant, in the DFW area (McKinney, Plano, Frisco). He installed mine - to my specifications - but is not, per se, an EV-only installer (he also did my 240V pool salt chlorinator, and jet tub). He is fair and friendly. If you are in the DFW area and get exorbitant quotes, PM me and I will give you his contact.
     
  4. Babylonfive

    Babylonfive Power12

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    This may be slightly OT, but I took advice from the forums (DSM363, I think) and asked for a RV/welder outlet, rather than EV support. This kept the money-grab to a minimum. For my specific rewire (across the house, thru attic, etc.) I got a quote of about $500, and the Solar City/Mr. Electric crew estimated over $1500. 'Nuff said.
     
  5. aviators99

    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    Others Electric, Inc. in Palm Beach did my garage (in Weston - Ft. Lauderdale area) and Arnold Panz in North Miami Beach. His crew did a great job and the prices were very reasonable (much less than Solar City's referral). He is at [email protected]. (561) 654-8452 is Joe's mobile number (the owner).

    I'm also having him install a Chargepoint station at my office this coming week.
     
  6. Rodolfo Paiz

    Rodolfo Paiz P85 "Plug and Play"

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    For the metropolitan area around Miami, Florida, Mike Isaacs of MI Electric (a father-son business) have done all the electrical work on my house for the last 2.5 years (since I moved here), including all the electrical work on the 1500-sqft construction we just finished adding to this same house. They are highly capable, but more importantly they are wonderful, honest, and honorable people, and I happily recommend them without reservation.

    PM me for contact details if desired, or to talk Tesla. :)
     
  7. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

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    There's no problem to list appropriate commercial contact details for relevant electricians in this thread. (Just no advertising please)
     
  8. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    I actually installed the 220 line and outlet myself. I got the permit, had it inspected, etc. It wasn't too bad - the hardest part was running the line through the floor joists of the garage between the ceiling and the attic flooring.
    If you're handy, I'd give it a whirl yourself: get some worthless experience and save a few bucks while you're at it!
     
  9. DJ Frustration

    DJ Frustration Model X Sig, Former Model S, Model 3 Res

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    Just a friendly reminder that in the "fiscal cliff" legislation there was some language that permitted the deduction of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment). I think the limit was $1k deduction but don't quote me on that.
     
  10. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    That's good to know! Thanks. I need to install a completely new panel when I put in a permanent NEMA 14-50.
     
  11. TampaLiam

    TampaLiam Secret Agent

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    I definitely could use a referral in the Tampa area.

    SolarCity referred Mr. Electric my way. They came out for an estimate.

    I'm fortunate that my car is parking right next to my 200 amp panel in the garage - so all that is needed is about a 3 inch run from the box.

    Mr. Electric quoted $980 (which sounds insane, especially considering there is just about 0 cable and conduit cost). The contractor did reveal some info - he said that they have to use SolarCity's pricing, not their own. They also must use a permit. He said that I don't actually require a permit for the install, and that they would have priced around $300 less... but in order to not burn SolarCity, he must do it their way and at their price.

    I am planning on having a NEMA 14-50 installed ASAP as a holdover for the HPWC.


    Any idea on what I should be paying? Considering there is easy access and really no real "run" to lay down, I'm guessing $150 - $250... maybe even less? Seems like a 45min jobbie.


    Any followup thoughts on what I should pay when moving to the HPWC?


    Thanks!
     
  12. robaross

    robaross P4550

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    Can't help with Tampa, but anyone interested in the WPB area should contact Jeremy Mullen at jeremy33417 at yahoo dot com. He did my 14-50, ran up into crawl space, 20 feet across, and down thru conduit to 14-50 outlet for $500
     
  13. Larry Chanin

    Larry Chanin Model S Perf Sig 1055

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    Hi Liam,

    I doubt you will be able to find a price at less than $250. Pulling a permit will probably cost more than $100 alone.

    Larry
     
  14. ClearwaterBchSteve

    ClearwaterBchSteve P445 / VIN 1794

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    I'm facing a >$2k job since I need to replace my entire "fuse box" with modern 200A service, plus the 14-50 will be on the opposite side of the garage :mad:

    I have a temporary home-made "adaptor" that's allowing me to charge via my dryer plug at 35A so I'm not in a critical rush, but I have to keep plugging and unplugging equipment which is inconvenient.

    Last year, I had some local electricians run a new set of wiring from my existing box to my oven and cooktop and it was about $275.

    I agree with Larry, it's probably going to be $250+ no matter how you slice it. (5 fill ups at a gas station)

    Steve.
     
  15. TampaLiam

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    Wow... I had not yet begun looking at things that way... interesting perspective!

    Let me know if you get a solid electrician!
     
  16. jordanthompson

    jordanthompson 2010 2.0 Sport, VIN 0683

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    If its an easy run, just do it yourself for the parts - I did mine (it was more difficult) and it only took a couple of hours.
    Even though it doesn't really do anything functional, make sure you get it inspected and keep the paperwork. If there is any fire in your house, I am sure the insurance company will be looking for excuses not to pay ;-)
     
  17. kvietor

    kvietor Model S S280 VIN 168

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    My install was $450 from a local electrician (licensed). http://www.allenselectric.com/ He's located in Riverview, FL so I'm not sure how far he travels and what that might do to the cost. I needed about a 15 foot run from breaker box to outlet location. PM me if you want more details or pictures of my install.
     
  18. rogbmw

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    Just spoke with Baugh Electricity last night to set up or install - they are located in Eustus. 352-735-2888. They received several great recommendations from friends of ours.
     
  19. Rodolfo Paiz

    Rodolfo Paiz P85 "Plug and Play"

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    I didn't provide Mike's coordinates earlier because I didn't have them at hand, and later I forgot. Here they are:

    Michael A. Isaaca
    786-295-9521
    [email protected]

    As I noted before, Mike and Mike Jr. have done all the electrical work on my house (including in the construction of a 1500-ft2 addition) and I've had nothing but great things to say about them. Highly recommended, and sorry to have taken so long to provide the data. :)
     

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