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Planning on the Model 3

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by gdelga3, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. gdelga3

    gdelga3 New Member

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    Does anyone live in Royal Oak area willing and able to meet to talk about pros/cons, insurance, picking it up and all other aspects that I am missing to ask of ownership?

    In addition to looking to order Model 3, we are considering building a garage this summer and want to be sure we get the power we need from the garage as well.

    Obviously no rush, but end of March is approaching

    thanks
     
  2. Fezzik

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    Hopefully you will run at least a 100amps out to the garage. If you can run a 200 that would be better but may not be feasable. If you have 100 amp, you could charge probably safely at the 40amp charging. If you ahve 200 amp service out there then you would be safe with the 80amp charging. But who knows if the model 3 will have 80 amp charging. Maybe one of the ways its cheaper is it only charges at 40amps
     
  3. MSEV

    MSEV Member

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    Pro/cons, insurance, pickup. I am not from your area (I'm in Omaha) but I can answer for you from my experiences. Should be a great car (the S is) in many ways with great customer service (my experience); cons, only one for me is charging when out of town and in bad weather (you have to plan more, CHAdeMO is fast if there are any on your way along with the Tesla SuperChargers); and they deliver to your door the S and X. I imagine they will do the same with the 3 but who knows. My insurance is 20% higher than my previous four year old smaller Lexus which is cheap because it is worth four times the old car. Area and company determine insurance rates.
     
  4. MichFin

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    I'm in Novi and can tell you if you're planning on building the garage I would start with a separate EV meter and use time of use rate. Here you can figure out all your options.

    DTE Energy - PEV- An Overview
     
  5. Vexar

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    Given what your garage may be expected to function, I'd agree with 100 amps to the main breaker for it. Running only 50 Amps (you have to run that much for a NEMA 14-50 which provides 40 Amps continuous draw) means this is all your garage can do. If it's a two-car garage, and you're going all-in for all-electric (and seriously, who isn't, eventually going to drive electric?), then Fezzik is right, if you can handle that much. Also, have you considered putting solar on the new garage?
     
  6. gdelga3

    gdelga3 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your input!!! March 31st is coming right around the corner!! Hopefully I will be able to get more than this........
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  7. derowland

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    Keep in mind, the amps you require on your panel apply to when all of the electrical devices are in use. If you charge your car overnight, you probably aren't using your oven / clothes dryer / computers, etc all at the same time. I keep my Leaf and Model S charged easily with a single 50 amp circuit, using the timer feature of both cars. With a little planning, you can save a large expense of electrical and wiring.
     

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