Hi all, I have finally convinced the wife to allow me to buy a Tesla. For those interested, it went a bit like this: We're looking to start a family, so - Can't keep using my small two door car.. baby probably wouldn't fit in the boot Current car is a sports car, it's a rough (great cornering) ride, and very noisy, not appropriate for a precious child Tesla is the safest thing on 4 wheels! Very appropriate for a precious child Probably can fit the baby in the front boot? Also a 4 wheel drive car is safer than 2, so I used this to justify the D Slow (12 months) of subtle and not so subtle hints Took her for a test drive when Stone was here doing that in 2014, made sure she realised how happy I was Ensured I knew all the facts about where Tesla saves money, and made sure she knew (although I don't think this was very successful, in the end it's an expensive car). And so a couple of months ago, instead of a birthday present there was her laptop at my spot on the breakfast table with the Tesla ordering screen open on it. Unfortunately (depending on how you look at it), we live in an apartment block, so getting the charger in will be a challenge and I wanted to jump that hurdle before going ahead and ordering the thing. Speaking to the only guy in body corporate that I know, I gave him the low down and he said they would have to talk about it in the next committee meeting. I convinced him to let me come to the meeting and represent myself, and have since been trying to prepare for this make or break performance. Things I have done: Went to the Tesla showroom in Artarmon and spoke to some helpful folk there, they gave me Mitchell the "Charging Specialist"'s number Rang Mitchell, he said I should get an electrician to do a site survey, and gave me Ricky from Zapp Electrical's number Rang Ricky and organised a site survey. He came in a couple of weeks ago and completed this. The result of the site survey was that it would be too hard and expensive to cable the charger up to the switchboard room, but there was a body corporate power outlet 1 car spot over from mine, and we could bridge that with an isolation switch over to my spot, then install the charger on that. I would only get a trickle charge, but it would be better than nothing. I also do very little driving (about 6200 kMs a year these days), and Ricky suggested that it probably wouldn't even be worth installing a metre on it - I'm likely to use a few bucks a week at most. Maybe body corporate would just absorb it?* In vague preparation for this I started collecting my petrol dockets every time I fill up since about a year ago, this has given me some interesting stats, I also found my old service receipts which gives me a basic idea of how much I drive each year. Using this I can do some simple maths and work out how much per quarter or per week charging my Tesla should cost me/body corporate. If you like tables and graphs, have a look here: 200SX - Google Sheets After crunching the numbers as best as I could, it seems if my driving habits stay the same, I'll be spending about $4 per week on charging the car. Not bad, Ricky! *Now, I'm fully aware body corporate will be unlikely to say "$4 per week? what's that, a couple of hundred dollars a year? No probs I'm sure no one will notice!", so I have prepared a few options for them, in order of my preference: Body corporate just deal with $4/week increased costs. No work for either party required going forward I get the last few years of body corporate electricity expenditure, work out an average, then for the next quarter I can analyse the difference and see if I'm actually noticeably adding to the electricity bill. If not, then we continue as is, if so, then maybe option #3... I offer to pay something like $60 per quarter on top of my strata levies. This will cover my electricity usage (and some, see Tesla Extrapolations sheet, B9), no extra work from them or me required. I put in a metre and self read each quarter, work out the costs, and reimburse body corporate. This will require work from me, and work from them (ensuring I pay the right amount). I put in a smart metre that phones home, something like Jet Charge where body corporate and myself are automatically charged. From what I can tell the monthly fee from this will probably be more than I actually pay in electricity usage, but if I have to I will. More cost to me, but no work from either party. What I think my road blocks are going to be: Body corporate is unhappy with me installing the charger at all. Not sure I can figure a solution to this, other than possibly swapping car spaces with someone where they don't mind They are not willing to negotiate about the me using the body corporate power circuit. I'm hoping having got a licensed electrician in to do the site survey will cover this, but who knows I guess worst case is I don't get a charger in the car spot, and I just use the Artarmon super charger for all my charging requirements... sounds lame though. Anyways, thanks for reading, if you have any thoughts please let me know! The committee meeting is tomorrow evening, I'll report back with my results Nick.