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Nema plug on side wall or centre pillar?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by hemants, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. hemants

    hemants Member

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    I have a two car garage with a centre pillar. If you're facing the garage I park my car on the right side.

    I have a choice to either

    1/ put the Nema plug on the left wall - is the mobile cable long enough to run it up and over and down? if not, is it 'okay' for my wife to drive over the cable as long as it doesn't yank on either side?

    Or

    2/ the centre pillar - cable is quite long so I would put a hook high up and have it hang back down above ground.

    Option 1 would be simpler and cheaper.
     
  2. Jgdixon

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    Option 1 would not be desirable as I don't think it would reach and not a good idea to run over it.
    Option 2 would be easy, most of us coil the cable on some form of hanger.
    The obvious question is why don't you just switch spots?
     
  3. RLA12194

    RLA12194 Member

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    I put mine on the center pillar. On the rare occasion that I park on the left the cable will reach comfortably. Usually most of the cable is coiled on a hook just beneath the outlet because the distance to the charging port ends up being about 2 feet. Although the cable is quite thick and durable, I wouldn't advise repeated running over of the cable on a daily basis if the plug were on the left wall.
     
  4. hemants

    hemants Member

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    Garage is narrow so I park my car such that the passenger door cannot open.
     
  5. pgiralt

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    I have mine on the center pillar. Makes it very easy and convenient to charge.
     
  6. linkster

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    1. The charging cable is in NO WAY designed to be driven over by a car.
    2. The UMC has a low probability of having the necessary length for option 1.
    3. Proper planning and install by you and your licensed electrican is beyond important for reliable and SAFE charging.

    Good-Luck!
     
  7. russman

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    Center pillar allows you to park in either spots and still charge.
     
  8. purplewalt

    purplewalt Active Member

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    Are you parking pulling head-in, or would it be possible to to back the car into your garage?

    I back mine in, as it was the least distance from the electrical panel to the desired outlet location.

    First couple of times it was a challenge to park that way, now I prefer to typically park backing-in.
    Rear camera helps a bunch.
    If you have a newer tech package, mirrors should retract/fold-in.
     
  9. jhs_7645

    jhs_7645 VIN: #3305

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    I had a similar dilemma and I solved it by installing it in both locations (separate circuits). The additional cost wasn't that much and I'm ready for my next Tesla :)
     
  10. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

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    Yes, I have my outlet on the center pillar and back into the left hand bay putting the outlet right next to the charge port and allowing me to open my driver side door.
     

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