Home charging

Home charging

I had order a home charging station 3 months ago,still waiting. Is there anything else I should have done besides calling the support all the time. I am so tired of bringing my car to other spot for charge.

stingray.don | December 6, 2019

Just install the NEMA 14-50 and adapter. You can then use the provided charger. This is a cheaper option as well, but charge speeds will be slightly slower.

EVRider | December 6, 2019

The other thing you can do is see if someone is selling their HPWC in the TMC forum ( People who got wall connectors as referral awards often sell them new, and usually for less than you would pay Tesla. If you get one there you can cancel your order.

Pg3ibew | December 6, 2019

I am not sure why you are qaiting so long. Which ine did you order? I qe t on the qebsite and ordered the wall charget with the 25 ft cord. Got it right away.
I do notice there is a backorder of the black one. The silver one is not on back order. I wanted the black one. But didnt wanna wait. So I got thr wailver one.

Pg3ibew | December 6, 2019

Got the silver one

bjrosen | December 6, 2019

g3ibew is right, the silver one is in stock the black one is sold out. Change your order to the silver one.

donharvey2323 | December 6, 2019

Check Craigslist and Ebay, I see them all the time.

jessica_j_huang | December 6, 2019

I'm sorry for the misunderstanding, I am waiting for their team to install the charging station at my house for 3 months

Big_Ed | December 6, 2019

Any electrician can install a charger. It's dirt simple. No need for a special Tesla team, certainly not if it's a 3 month wait. That's crazy.

Pg3ibew | December 6, 2019

Where do you live?

Teslanene | December 6, 2019

If you don’t drive a lot you can use 120v until they install it.

kevin_rf | December 6, 2019

Electricians can be flighty when they have a ton of work. Last wiring project, took us two months to get the electrician in (and that was not the hpwc).

bjrosen | December 6, 2019

haywood.ed is right, you don't need a specialist just call local electrician. I've had my electrician install two EVSEs, a ClipperCreek for my Volt and a Tesla Wall Charger for my Tesla. It's completely standard work, all they have to do is run a 240V line from you breaker box and then wire up the EVSE. You need a 60A 240V line to support 48A charging.

Pg3ibew | December 6, 2019

@Kevin and @Haywood, Flighty? All they have to do is? Standard work??
We are electricians. We are the gods of the construction industry!!!!!!!!! LMAO

Pg3ibew | December 6, 2019

Same to @bjrosen!!

jessica_j_huang | December 6, 2019

Massachusetts @Pg3ibew

jessica_j_huang | December 6, 2019

They have been giving answers like we are still working on a permit for the installation. OMG I am going crazy with them.

coleAK | December 6, 2019

As others have said it is very simple. I installed mine myself. I am not an electrician and it took me just under 2 hours. Call electricians until you find one that will do it now.

Big_Ed | December 6, 2019

Also crazy to wait that long for a permit. I applied for a permit last week, installed a 6-50 outlet over the weekend, and got my code inspection and approval today. I am a rank amateur. The only difference between installing a 6-50 and a HPWC is setting the correct jumper. Admittedly, this was in Florida, not the People's Republic of Mass, but no way the process should take that long. I would Dutch those clowns and find a good local independent electrician.

Big_Ed | December 6, 2019


yudansha™ | December 6, 2019

I applied for a few construction permits (including electrical) myself in FL.

kevin_rf | December 7, 2019

I'm also in Mass. You wouldn't believe the trouble I've seen scheduling electricians lately. They are busy, and when you have a small job like a charger, it's more of when can they fit you in. The electrician that installed my hpwc actually passed on a job to do additional electrical work in my house. That after giving me the run around for two months. Hired someone else for the other job. The electrician we did hire for the other job, actually passed on a coworker who needed similar work. And she along with other coworkers have used him before. Crazy.

In your case, sounds like Tesla did not line up enough electricians to install hpwc's. I would recommend the electrician we used out of Lowell, if he's available.

You also haven't indicated how crazy of an install they are recommending. Is it as simple as putting a breaker in the box and running 6awg wire, or something as complex as they have to rewire half of Eastern Mass. to get power to the HPWC.

SalisburySam | December 7, 2019

I agree that installing the wall unit is straightforward, and Tesla’s installation instructions are as detailed and straightforward as any I’ve ever read. Where the licensed electrician comes in is knowledge of the local permitting requirements, local codes, calculations of the appropriate wire size and sheathing/conduit for the distance needed, service to the panel, correct breakers, upgrade ability for multiple EVSE’s if desired in the future, and so on. All of that can be researched by us mere mortals and the installation safely accomplished, but if you can get on an electrician’s calendar, you will avoid a lot of work unless you already know all this.

Also, when we had our EVSE installed, we looked around the house and found a number of electrical improvements desireable. Expanding the job like this made our project more worthwhile to an electrician and improved our home enjoyment in a number of small but useful ways. I try to DIY as much as I can and I enjoy working with home electrical systems, but sometimes it’s far easier to let a pro in.

ODWms | December 7, 2019

I just installed the NEMA 14-50 outlet, and have been using it ever since with zero issues. I just installed the same for a friend at his house in anticipation of his incoming model S (did the work free, and just charged him for the parts). If I thought the wall charger was worth the extra $500, I would have gotten it a long time ago. I’ve never seen a use for it in over 14 months, and I didn’t see that changing. My friend doesn’t either, and his S would actually benefit from it even more than my PD3+ ever would.

ODWms | December 7, 2019

*didn’t -> doesn’t*

ODWms | December 7, 2019

Let’s try that again:

*didn’t -> doesn’t -> don’t*

Pg3ibew | December 7, 2019

Shitty electricians are a dime a dozen. Good electricians cost money. You may need to bust the lock off your wallet. Lol

Mass is too far away. I could have reccommended a guy.

don.lind | December 7, 2019

When I got my Model 3 (back on Dec 6, 2018 - yay - just 1 year old), I had just a week from when I ordered the Model 3 to when it was delivered. So I really had to scramble to get a wall connector.

I had great results by calling the closest Tesla Service Center (in Seattle, for me). They had a couple of them on the shelf... they held one for me... I drove in and picked it up... easy.

I did the wall connector because I didn't want to be plugging in and unplugging the included NEMA plug adapter each time. And I wanted that NEMA connector that was included with the car IN the car when I was driving, just in case I needed it to charge somewhere on the road. (And of course, it turns out that I've never needed it at all).
I like the built-in look of the wall connector. And I'm happy I did it that way.
But I do get that others are satisfied with using the NEMA 14-50 outlet.

Tronguy | December 7, 2019

I'm chiming in with the rest of the crowd. Bought the wall connector at the local Tesla service center. Did a little research, thought about the placement, and decided it was somewhat out of my comfort level (especially running wires up and through an attic).
Priced out a couple of Tesla-approved electricians. Took pictures of breaker box, garage, where the box was to go, etc.. Sight unseen, the guy gave me a quote for about $1000; accepted, a week later two guys in a truck showed up and they had the thing installed in about an hour.
In NJ, a building permit is required but, for this kind of installation (adding a socket), the permit can be acquired after the fact. A couple of days later after the electrician had sent pictures of the installation to the local town, I got word to go down and get it. Went down, paid my $50 (or whatever it was), and there we are.
If you've waited 3 months, forget these bozos and find someone else.
However.. In my case, the breaker box happened to be in the garage, which makes life simple. If yours is in a basement and the electricians have to bust their way through several stone walls or something then there may be some reluctance to start. Understandable, but three months is still too long.