Welcome! Great to see a first-time-poster. The solutions are quite a few. Some people are still within logical driving distance to a supercharger and charge there. Others have petitioned the cond/apartment owners and have gotten permission to install a 220v plug. Some have even gotten the condo/apartment owners to pay for it themselves. Others use the PlugShare - EV Charging Station Map - Find a place to charge your car! app to determine close charging locations. Some use local campgrounds. Some people are able to plug in at work or have gotten work locations to install plugs. The nice thing about Teslas is that they can plug into virtually ANY plug, so there are lots of options.Has anyone had difficulties charging up at an apartment complex or condo? What solutions does everyone use?
Yes, I have used ChargePoint, NRGevGo, and Blink...but not very often. I use a Nissan dealer every time I visit my daughter in Augusta, GA. But is not a hassle for me. Oh, and just to be clear, Tesla is not cracking down on folks who do not have the ability to charge at home. Obviously on-site is the least hassle, but I would be willing to go through quite a bit of hassle just to have and drive this vehicle.Thanks Chipper!
Seems like a major hassle to be honest, especially with Tesla cracking down on the superchargers as of late... have you used something like ChargePoint, blink, or Evercharge?
On property charging seems like its the way to go, kinda of like your phone you just need to plug it in every night
In my opinion the ability to charge conveniently while living in a condo/apartment is the big open open issue to solve if we want an EV revolution. I live in a condo building and I wanted the car so much that I was willing to jump through hoops. I bought it last October and asked Tesla if I can use the local Supercharger while sorting out the charging situation with my condo board. They were A-Ok with it. My condo board was very negative about installing a level 2 charger in my building, they're a bunch of old-fashioned fuddy-duddies. Fortunately for me, the apartment building next door, much more forward thinking, installed a level 2 charger for their one tenant who has a Model S and made an agreement with me where I can use their charger on an unlimited basis for about 30 bucks a month.
What is the cost for a condo/apartment building to install a charging station? We have a vacation condo we are at 2-3 months out of the year, and plan to initiate this discussion with them over the next few months. I don't imagine they will go for putting a 220v plug (even if I pay for the install) without any way of charging for the electric used. Do those companies that charge for the electric cover the cost of the install?
Best bet is to ask the building management to install a charger. I believe there are still tax credits for businesses installing EV chargers.
Tesla cracking down on people is something you can ignore. They have no recourse.
Not exactly. If they wanted to, they could slow your charging down to Level 2 or lower if they wanted since they already authorize via VIN. Still 'free charging for life' albeit at a much slower pace.
In my opinion the ability to charge conveniently while living in a condo/apartment is the big open issue to solve if we want an EV revolution.
No they can't. If they slow down anyone, it would affect others waiting in queue.
I don't think they will do that. I think the first thing they would do is give lower priority at a shared stall. This is the way with the least impact to others.Not exactly. If they wanted to, they could slow your charging down to Level 2 or lower if they wanted since they already authorize via VIN. Still 'free charging for life' albeit at a much slower pace.
I don't think they will do that. I think the first thing they would do is give lower priority at a shared stall. This is the way with the least impact to others.