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Discussion in 'Tesla' started by nrigali, Aug 31, 2017.

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  1. nrigali

    nrigali Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm in a unique position in which I'll be taking delivery of a model X in December and I'm moving to a new house (renting) about 3 months after.

    I don't necessarily want to install a supercharger at my current place as I'm moving so shortly after but I drive 150 miles per day and will need to charge daily. Asking the homeowner if it's ok and spending the money etc just to leave thereafter doesn't make a lot of sense unless it's my only option.

    My Tesla OA suggested maybe I see if a neighbor has a tesla and garage that they would let me share for a few months and I chip in on electricity or something.

    Otherwise I'll have to supercharger daily which may be a PITA.

    Any other ideas or suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rockster

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    Why not ask the homeowner about sharing the cost of a NEMA 14-50 outlet in the garage? Depending upon the panel configuration and distance from your car's intended location, it might only end up being a few hundred dollars each. You get the convenience of charging at home for a few months and the homeowner gets the benefit of a more desirable rental, considering the increased proliferation of electric vehicles. Maybe even a 1/3, 2/3 split would be fair, since you're leaving so soon?
     
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    Does your workplace have charging, or would they be open to it?
     
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    That may be the only logical way to do it, but knowing her she will want me to pay for the whole thing which just seems like a waste.
     
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    Can you run an extension cord from a 30 amp 240V electric clothes dryer outlet?
     
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    A simple installation for NEMA 14-15 is a few hundred dollars. It costs less than 2 nights in a Hilton $253 Honors Discount per night.
     
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    You could point out that a NEMA 14-50 is useful for a variety of tools that a renter might want to use in the garage, too, which broadens the rental appeal. Ultimately, though, as you observe, if she digs her heels in and refuses to help pay to a capital improvement to her own property, you don't really have much leverage.

    Maybe point out that she could pay for the entire installation and then raise the rental fee of the house by $25 per month because the garage is "Electric vehicle ready." You'll end up paying only $75 more before you leave and she'll make her money back, and much more, over the near-term life of the house.
     
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    You will need access to Level 2 charging for at least 5-6 hours per day. If there is a public J1772 charger near work where you can charge, then that would work, but you'll need to get reliable daily access. 150 miles per day is too much to miss a day of charging and maintain a margin for all conditions (rainy and cold days use more electricity than rated). Otherwise I think you'll need to have a NEMA 14-50 installed.

    Note that you do not need a Tesla charger installed in the rental house, the NEMA 14-50 will be sufficient and the cheapest option for L2 charging.
     
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    Dryer Buddy would be a good temporary solution. Quick 220 could work too but I don't think you'd want to use that regularly and it would be a lot slower than a 30 amp dryer outlet.

    Another option would be to delay delivery until you move or keep your current car for a few more months.
     
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    I've done this on several occasions while visiting others' houses. Worked like a charm. $75 on Amazon.
     
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    I work for myself, and don't go to one fixed location every day, I visit various clients. I could potentially rent a parking space that has a charger for a few months if anyone offers anything like that in my area. I haven't looked into it yet.
     
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    There is a dryer in a room adjacent to the garage, that may do the trick! I would have to share the plug so I don't lose my ability to use the dryer so that splitter should work.
     
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    people are getting fancy these days, superchargers at home? why not just put in a simple 14-50. haha
     
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    You're self-employed and can afford a Tesla. Time is money and time is leisure.
    It's possible that getting a basic 240V set-up could be a few hundred dollars on a NEMA 14-50..
    Rather than mess around with alternatives, why not go ahead and at least see how much it would cost? If it's done, there's another house ready for BEV owners.
     
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    I'm considering that too, I mainly want alternatives in case the homeowner tells me that she doesn't want me to install one. She's very old school and may not understand it or be okay with it.

    I'll look into the cost and run the idea by her!
     
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    How about telling her that you are installing an electric dryer outlet in the garage.

    You can buy a $45 NEMA 10-30 adapter if it's an older 3 prong dryer outlet or 14-30 adapter if it's a newer 4 prong outlet.

    It's rated at 30 Amperes, 240 Volts so it might be cheaper to install.
     
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    For 3 months, I like the extension cord idea. Just make sure you buy the correct wire gauge for a constant 30 amps of current from the dryer outlet, and make sure you don't run anything else on that circuit when you are charging the car (no splitter). Short term problem solved, no need to worry about the landlord, and best of all no need to wait to drive your Tesla! :)
     

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