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Model S for renters (a.k.a. non-homeowners) / Renting creating hurdle for EV adoption

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by onlinespending, May 17, 2012.

  1. HHHH

    HHHH Member

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    After speaking to my landlord, dealing with the HOA, etc, I got a quote from a local electrician but he informed me that it would be $7-$10k to install the HPWC. So instead I had it installed at my in-laws house 1 mile away, I'm there a few times a week anyway for usually a couple hours so it's not a big deal. Also within walking distance from me is the GVR Casino and they have a Nema 14-50, I use that a couple times a month also. It does cause a little range anxiety that I can't charge every night when I go to sleep, I wish I could do that, but condo living is the best for me right now, and buying a unit in the HOA I live in is just too cost prohibitive based on their current monthly HOA dues. I'm better off renting and passing the HOA on to the owner for now.
     
  2. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    wow. what a rip off! guy's tryin to make money bettin that you have a lot of it to blow around. i dont know why people have to be such scum. there's really nothing special about a HPWC besides some thicker wiring and a 100 amp breaker.
     
  3. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    This is bizarre and outrageous. It cost me less than $500 to install my outlet using the most expensive electricians in my town (though to be fair it was less than 50 feet of wiring). It clearly cost a lot less than $7K to install the HPWC at your in-laws' house -- surely you could find an electrician who would charge the same amount at your landlord's house?

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    This is probably not the right site for that question. I can say that you should advertise "has electrical service to parking space for electric car charging (car not included)" on the listing. If you use an agent they will probably not know that they should do that.

    Of couse, now you have to get charging installed at a new condo (probably for two cars!) -- tell us how that goes.
     
  4. kota23

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    So my situation is that I live in a Condo and rent a garage. There is 120v available in there and I have the charger start before I leave in the morning so I can pre-heat the car with out reducing range. My office installed a NEMA 6-50R for me and I charge when I am there, usually only 1-2 days a week though. The rest of my charging in done on public chargers that I use throughout Chicago. $2/hr for Chargepoint or meter parking for the same or more, so I just plug in instead of finding street parking when I go out.

    I have talked with my condo board about installing a charger in the rear of our building that could be used from the alley, but then would risk being ticketed or towed while I'm parked back there. I have contacted our Alderman about parking permits for alley or installing curbside power in front of our building and have heard nothing back.
     
  5. neroden

    neroden Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan

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    Your best bet is to talk to the owner of the garage about installing a charger in the garage. Where a landlord of a house or apartment may have no incentive to add charging, an owner of a standalone garage *definitely* has an incentive, as it increases the marketability and future rental charges for the garage. (Of course, if the owner of the garage does add charging, you may promptly get hit with increased garage rental rates!)
     

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