Options for Lonely Alabama Tesla

Options for Lonely Alabama Tesla

Hey y'all!

(You + all = y'all in the South)

Issue: Loneliness

I am located in Birmingham, Alabama.

I desperately need a quicker way to charge.


My high power wall connector is out. All I have is a 110v outlet.

I have been researching transformers to bump up the 110v to 220v.

Would this a viable option for speedy (or speedier) charging?

Look at the future supercharger map.

MONSTER hole in Alabama.

Birmingham is the 10th biggest metropolitan area in the southeast. (about 2 million)

Fellow Tesla owners, any insight would be helpful!


AC is EZ | 27. Dezember 2013

Dear Joe,

I would implore you to engage an electrician. The wiring behind a 110V line is likely much lower gauge than would be needed to support the amperage of a 220V line. I had an electrician run a 220V line straight from the main breaker box, with 6 gauge wire and a 50 AMP breaker to support a 40 AMP continuous load. Short-cuts could lead to poor charging performance...or worse...a fire in the wall of your home due to overheating wires.

Good luck...but safety first!

Earl and Nagin ... | 27. Dezember 2013

I recommend getting an electrician involved to look at your options. A transformer generally won't bring your voltage up without dropping the current proportionally. Your electrician will see if you have enough capacity in your breaker box to grab another 240 volt line to charge with.

Brian H | 27. Dezember 2013

Voltage up, current down. TANSTAAFL.

KarlB | 28. Dezember 2013

Get a 220V dryer circuit installed in your garage and then you can put in your favorite charger. I plan to use a Clipper Creek LP-25.

Look at the bright side. According to you have a reasonable number of public charging stations in Birmingham. I'll be moving to Mobile in 2014 and other than a few Nissan dealers, there's nothing. I'll be sharing my home EVSE, so if you come my way starting middle of next year, look me up on Plugshare.

Before you know it, we'll have enough EV owners in Alabama to get our own EAA chapter. :-)


kenj | 29. Dezember 2013

Electrician ... 14-50 NEMA outlet - way cheaper than HPWC upgrade transformer. I assume you have dual charging.

Then CHAdeMO adapter ($1,000) to use at a level 3 public charger, probably available at one of the universities. Your car must be SC enabled.

Depending on your electrical configuration, consider installing solar, probably have a bunch on incentives which can help pay for the costs. Include the electrical system update as part of the install.

No matter what you decide -- find a competent licensed electrician.

Haeze | 02. Januar 2014

When I got the Model S, my driving habits were around 30-40 miles per day, so a 110v 15A outlet worked fine. I was able to charge slightly more than my daily driving habits each day... since then, I now look for opportunities to drive the car more, so my mileage has gone up. I have found that simply using a 20Amp 110v adapter (NEMA 5-20) on the charging cable has made all the difference in the world.

I now charge at 5 to 6 MPH instead of 3 to 4 MPH. I now can take my weekend 80-160 mile drives without ever worrying if I will have enough charge for the rest of the week.

Most garages will already have 20Amp plugs in them (It will have the normal 3-prongs like any 110v outlet, but one will have space for a sideways blade in it, so it is shaped like a sideways T). If you don't have 20Amp plugs, check the wiring behind them. If it uses 12-gauge wire or thicker, and the fuse in your fuse box is 20Amp, you can simply swap out that plug receptacle with a 20A one (about $6 from most hardware stores) and buy the adapter from the Tesla store ($45) and nearly double your charge rate !

jrjonesjr1 | 02. März 2014

Thank y'all for the information.

Any recommendations for travel when only a 110v is available? (i.e. "L.A.", Which is Lower Alabama

ghillair | 03. März 2014

There are many RV parks in AL, most have NEMA 14-50. You just need to find one close to something to do for two to four hours while you are charging.

furbrain | 03. März 2014

Move to San Diego!

Rocky_H | 03. März 2014

Someone made a really great thread about other charging resources (link below). Of course Plugshare is great. As ghillair mentioned, RV parks are great places to find those 50 amp outlets. Two sites in this link are allstays and RVParky. On either of those, you can do a map of all the campgrounds in your area, and then specifically select to show only the ones that have the 50 amp hookups. Then you should be able to find one near where you would like and talk to them about working out something with charging up your car occasionally and what kind of fee they would want to charge. Even if you have to pay a full "overnight" fee, like an RV would, they're usually not much more than about $25 to $30, so not terrible if you need to use it occasionally (cheaper than a tank of gas).