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New apartment charging locations!

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Jason Shelton, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Jason Shelton

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    I am moving into a new apartment complex and they have 4 assigned spots with 240volt 30amp charging. These spots are $75 and includes the charging, which is awesome! But my question is... Is this a NEMA 14-50 plug? Also will my car charge at 30 amps which should be 18 MPH? Or is it going to charge at a lower rate? I just want to make sure it'll be worth it. Thanks!!
     

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  2. GoTslaGo

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    NEMA 14-30. If you can get a Tesla 14-30 adapter you will be golden. It will automatically set your amps at 24.

    Otherwise you will probably need to get a 14-30 to 14-50 adapter and have to remember to dial down your amps to 24 each time you charge. You can set the charge down to 24 amps with a preset charge time if I recall correctly.

    Here's a post with pics etc, and charging issues with 14-30

    help with 14-30 adapter and charging times in dryer

    The answers there are from smarter folks than me about this!
     
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    $75 a month to park there and charge? Sounds like a bad deal. How much would you have to drive to use $75 a month in electricity? Also, it defeats the purpose of saving money by not buying gasoline if you're spending it on making some property owner richer.
     
  5. Jason Shelton

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    Is electricty free? Or do you use the superchargers as a normal way of charging? If I owned a house I would have to charge there and it would be about $100 to $150 a month. Just wondering why you think $75 dollars is to much....
     
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    I guess Orange County electricity is probably a lot more expensive than average. Around here, $75 gets you about 2,000 miles of driving, and most people drive more like 1,000 miles/month. My electricity price is slightly above the national average.
     
  8. Jason Shelton

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    Yes hands down true. If I would charge at my current apartment I would go into tier 4 which is .30 for a kilowatt. I drive on average 1,500 miles a month. So just my electricity bill for my car would be $168.75. So that $75 assigned spot will save me about $100 dollars a month.
     
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    Time out guys.

    All my life I've had to pay for non street parking when I rented apartments. Prices ranged between 80 to 150 dollars a month. 80 got me off street parking. 120-150 got me covered garage with non designated parking. Of course in different cities.

    IMHO 75 a month for a designated spot, WITH included charging is pretty reasonable. At least from my historical perspective.

    All I ever got for what I paid (years ago too so don't forget inflation) was a place to stash my car. No electricity.
     
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    Yes that is why I am moving there! :) They just told me that they charge $100 for an extra spot and $75 for an EV parking spot. So its a WIN WIN for me!
     
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    Yeah, I'm paying 13 cents/kWh, flat rate, and I believe the national average is about 12. If you pay 30 cents/kWh and drive 1,500 miles/month then you're getting a great deal. If that $75/month is for parking too, not just for the plug, then you're getting an unbelievably sweet deal and you should send a box of chocolates to management once you move in.
     
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    What is the cost of a non-EV spot? This is the only way to make an apples to apples comparison.

    if a non dedicated (non electrified) spot is free, and there is no value to having a dedicated spot, then $75 is more like a monthly charging tax. although I agree with most here, it is hardly unreasonable.

    if having a dedicated spot has value beyond just the need for charging, then the math becomes a little more complex b/c that money is not being spent just for charging.
     
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    Definitely call your service center to try to get a tesla 14-30 adapter. It will make you life easier. Otherwise contact @supratachophobia and see if he has any left over.
     
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    Thank you. Please let me know if you find the adapter anywhere else. I'd rather go with the official tesla adapter if possible. I sent a message to that person you tagged. Again, thank you!
     
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    I've been summoned apparently. I have unconfirmed reports that there are no 14-30's left in the wild that aren't set aside as warranty replacements. If I find more, I'm still keeping the list and I'll contact you in order. My apologies to JasonShelton.
     
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    I read the original post. He simply stated, "240V 30A" charging. There are many EVSE manufacturers out there with the J1772 plug. Why are we assuming that the plug is a 14-30? I would think the adapter that comes with the car is all the owner needs.

    To me, since the J1772 is a universal plug for any BEV this arrangement makes more sense. I admit to ignorance, but can Volts, Leafs, etc use the 14-30 plug as well?

    Perhaps Jason can verify with the apartment complex just what the hook up is. And I apologize if I did not understand his original post.
     
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    I based it on what the plug looks like. Identical to what came in my new home, and I got a 14-30 which works great.
     
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    Did you get the original adapter? Or a none Tesla one?
     
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    Yes I fully agree! At first I thought it was the NEMA 14-50 plug but I looked at it more and noticed it was the NEMA 14-30..... I have no idea why they installed the 14-30 and not the 14-50. The plugs were just installed as well. I will ask them today what the reasoning was behind this plug.
     
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    I got lucky and my service center got one for me, but it was a while back.

    I think a lot of builders are more comfortable w the 14-30 as it is a dryer plug. I suspect that we will see the 14-30 become pretty common for properties providing ev chargers. My new home touted the 14-30 plug as an electric car charger in the garage. The washer dryer is separate upstairs.

    This is why imho tesla needs to bring back the 14-30. IMHO home builders are comfortable with 14-30, but not with 14-50 (rv chargers).
     

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