Fair Price for 14-50 Outlet Install?

Fair Price for 14-50 Outlet Install?

Lots of folks here seem to have some experience getting the 14-50 outlets installed in their garages, so I wanted to get some opinions on this. Is $621 (plus permit) a fair price to run a 25 foot conduit from the subpanel and install the 14-50 outlet? Is it close enough to fair given that our electric utility rebates half the cost upon delivery of the Model S (incidentally, the guys at Ausitn Energy test drove the Model S at the Get Amped event here and LOVED it)? Thanks!

jchangyy | December 18, 2012

I got a quote for $650 from Solar City for about the same distance. Private electrician in Silicon valley asked for ~$400-500 (estimate only).

TikiMan | December 18, 2012

Here in So Cal I paid about $250.00 for mine, however, it didn't require a permit, and I only needed two feet of conduit for the area I had it placed (right behind my 220 panel).

jchangyy | December 18, 2012

@tikiman, that's a great price.

Bit more main panel is located outside wall of my 2 car garage (attached). unfortunately, electrician would have to run a conduit above the garage to the other side where I'll be parking my S. he said, if it was on the same side of the wall, it would be $450.

riceuguy | December 18, 2012

Tiki...I'm jealous...I could put it by the panel, but I'd hate myself everytime I had to stretch the cord to the back of the car. Sounds like it's not terribly out of line, especially after the rebate.

riceuguy | December 18, 2012

@jchangyy, yeah, I have to go over a door and around a corner or else it sounded more like $350-400.

reitmanr | December 18, 2012

Labor 300
parts about 50

A little complicated to integrate with a subpanel used for solar and a run back to the right place in the garage, and included 4 120v sockets
Same contractor added about 1kw to our solar panels with microinverters

All told, a good price and a good job! This is in Menlo Park Ca

David den Boer | December 19, 2012

In Morgan Hill, I paid $450 to install an outdoor 14-50 right below the panel (2 ft) and a new breaker on that panel for the outlet.

David M. | December 19, 2012

$621 is not bad, considering a 25 foot run. Some skilled DIY installs run about $150 bucks, plus whatever your time is worth. It seems like it could get really expensive if your electric service needs upgrading, or if you have a very long run. From owner accounts and photos, it also seems like the more you pay, the better it looks. Make sure you ask "what's it gonna look like"?

docdac | December 19, 2012

I paid $950, but had to route 100 ft of 6 gauge copper wire from basement on the opposite end of my house, fishing the wire through a finished basement ceiling, up into garage. Then I had two NEMA 14-50 outlets installed so I can easily park in any of 3 stalls in garage. Obviously I can only use one outlet at a time, because they are both on the same 50A breaker. I thought the price was fair for the amount of work they did!

riceuguy | December 19, 2012

@David M, if I were to DIY something like this, you'd see a post on here from my wife about "Who The Electric Car Killed!" rather than "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

noel.smyth | December 19, 2012

looks like a fair price, i did my own with about 65' of 6 gage wire - materials were about 250..

Anthony H | December 19, 2012

Based on my broad range of quotes (in Arizona), you have a good value. I'd have it done at that price without any regrets. Permits seem to be "optional" in many areas; that's your call. Be sure the contractor is licensed, and I watched my contractor the whole time. He clearly knew what he was doing, and I learned a few things as well.

Also, after installation is done, contractor should test the draw to/from the outlet, and provide you proof of that draw.

TimJ | December 19, 2012

I am in Texas and got a quote from Mr. was for ~$600. I called my regular electrician and was quoted less than $200 over the phone without him even coming out. When he came, it took him about 30 minutes from start to finish. Considering my install was near the panel in the garage it is not a difficult installation. Besides the wire, the materials are less than $30 in most cases.

goelec1640 | December 19, 2012

In Morgan Hill CA, just installed this morning - $270. Inside it didn't require a permit, and I only needed a few feet of conduit for the area I had it placed (right behind my main panel).Also installed new breaker.

petero | December 19, 2012

In So. CA I paid $520 to run 25 feet conduit and plug from a private electrician.

village33 | December 19, 2012

It depends on distance, snaked inside walls or outside in conduits and whether you want kill switch at garage end. Sad to have a great car and ugly wiring job. I'd stick to code though or you run the risk of invalidating your insurance (long story, but the insurance lawyers agree...e.g. three NEMA 14-50s on a single 240V/50A breaker is not code anywhere even if used one at a time). Keep in mind insurcos decide after your house burns down whether to pay you.

olanmills | December 19, 2012

It only costed $227 in my parents' house, but that's because it is a new house and I asked them to ask the electrician before the house was even wired. I'm actually just about to call someone today to find out about doing it at my house.

OCMS | December 28, 2012

I just added one myself yesterday, NEMA 14-50 outlet $16.59 and 3 feet of Romex $3.27 at OSH, took less than an hour.

mbosem | December 28, 2012

Nema 14-50 $10 on Amazon, 50 amp breaker $10 Electrician to install 4 foot conduit $120..of course my panel is right where I am going to park

Jerimi | December 28, 2012

I am in Florida. I had electrician do it for $152, which included all materials and installation. Outlet location is inside my garage about 3' under my breaker panel. No permit was needed. It took him less than and hour.

** Note **
Solar City is not in Florida and the alternate recommendation was Mr. Electric. They gave me a quote for $2,300. They wanted to install sub panel and blah blah blah. Needless to say, the $152 option from another electrician was better option.

TJK | December 28, 2012


pbrulott | December 28, 2012

Related question: How long is the Tesla 10kWh charger extension cord? and can it be plug on the ceiling of a garage

The position of my 14-50 plug will depend on its length but I have a 100A circuit running through the ceiling of my garage for my inground pool heater and would like to use it (make a Y) to charge my Model S at night.

adurstewitz | December 28, 2012

I was quoted $950 by a local company in Charlotte NC. Instead I opted for a DIY project (several friends of mine a very handy with electric) and it only cost $250 for a sub-panel, breakers and 6 feet of 6 gauge copper wire. Works great too!

jackhub | December 28, 2012

$595 for about 30' of conduit, another 20' in basement ceiling and new breaker. Nema 14-50.

bbmertz | December 28, 2012

I was quoted $900 by Solar City and $600 by a local electrician in LA for 14-50 NEMA installation requiring about 45 feet of conduit.

July10Models | December 28, 2012

That would be against code. The only way that would work would be to use a throw-over switch between the two loads however this would also require the operation on the 100A CB because you can't exactly switch a 100A circuit under load. It is just more feasible to run new 100A wiring from the CB panel or a sub-panel.

pbrulott | December 28, 2012

thanks JulyModels

but argh... I will ask an electrician to come and evaluate but if he has to run a new wire then it needs new breakers which means a big rearangement of my electrical panel (it is full currently). That will add to the cost.

cablechewer | December 28, 2012

I paid about $270 for the copper wire, outlet, breaker and conduit at Home Depot. I overestimated the run by 10 feet and the store gave me about 3 feet extra for free. I ran the wire and installed the conduit and then I paid an electrician $90 to hook up both ends of the wire and do a quick test. Panel to the spot I wanted the outlet was about 42 feet.

drp | December 28, 2012

I got a $600 quote from a reputable electrician and " $1200-1500 " from a reputable electrician that hates work

jat | December 28, 2012

I paid $600 to run 100A cable 25ft across the top of the garage (no conduit) and a 100A breaker. The 14-50 receptacle is temporary until I get the HPWC, and they will charge me another $150 to come back and swap out the 14-50 for the HPWC when it arrives.

I never did get a call from Solar City's preferred partner (SC doesn't service Georgia), but I have used this electrician before and was happy with the quote, so I didn't try and contact them.

jat | December 28, 2012

@pbrulott - if you won't be running both loads at the same time, you could take the existing line to a subpanel, and have a 100A circuit to the pool and a 50A circuit to the car. Of course, you will trip the 100A breaker in the main panel if both are on at once, but that would keep you from having to make changes to your main breaker panel.

michael.delune | December 28, 2012

I paid $500 with Solar City. They ran a conduit about 20 feet from the opposite garage wall. The rate above includes a discount for having also signed up for solar (they did a great job at that too).

bobinfla | December 28, 2012

My temp 14-50 cost me $230 to have installed.

riceuguy | December 28, 2012

Hmmm...sounds like one more estimate wouldn't be a bad idea. I have a few more months before my car arrives so I suppose I should take advantage of the time! Thanks to all for the excellent and detailed responses. Seems like $621 isn't bad but isn't great either. It definitely needs to be permitted and be completely done by a pre-certified (by our local electric utility) to qualify for the 50% rebate, so that's not really even a question.

pbrulott | December 28, 2012


many thanks, that is kind of what I was thinking about since my pool heater is in use in the day and maybe 6 times a year. I'll ask a professional electrician to estimate the job but at least I have a starting point.


lightly | December 28, 2012

$1100 for an 85' run in 2" conduit in my warehouse in NYC. About what I figured. Everything is more expensive in NY.

MB3 | December 28, 2012

pbrulott. My panel is also full, but I found that many of the old breakers are wide and I can just replace a few with newer thin breakers to make room for my new service.

rbgliny | December 28, 2012

out in long island, ny. Had 1 estimate so far - $2000 with permit (not sure permit is necessary yet). Finished basement - will run conduit around outside of house to garage. Panel on opposite side of house. Seems a tad bit high reading what's been written here. I suspect he priced it to not get the work. Getting estimate from Solar City on Wednesday.

JohhnyS | December 28, 2012

Our Cost: A ride in our model S plus dinner!
The Nema 14-50 is more than adequate.

Brian H | December 28, 2012

July, jat, MB3;
Patrick B is in Canada (Quebec) and "code" may not be identical. He needs local expertise and advice, for sure.

Oliver in Seattle | December 29, 2012

I too have a complicated install; they are wiring a 100 A sub panel in the garage with new wiring from the main box to the garage, with a 50 A circuit to a 6-50 inside and a second 50A circuit to a 6-50 outside the garage, the latter to be replaced with a 100A breaker and HPWC, once that is available. They need the subpanel because they can't wire the permanent (inside the garage) 6-50 to a 100A breaker. It's a two day job, expected to be just under $2000. I used Bowie (not the cheapest, but very reliable and know for 'clean' work.

JZ13 | December 29, 2012

Putting the 14-50 right next to my electrical panel. Private electrician quoted me $250. Solar City quoted me $450. I mentioned the lower quote I had and the Solar City rep immediately lowered his quote to $350. I said no thanks.

lsborn | December 29, 2012

I used Galban Electric and they were great. They're based in Southern California - Orange County. They just installed a 100amp line into my garage and I couldn't be more pleased. Their YELP reviews were also great.

DTsea | December 30, 2012

Installation of electric car 'charging station' is also elegible for a federal tax credit of up to 30% if you install it in the same year you buy the car. I dont know yet whether a 14-50 outlet counts as a charging station. It should, though.

eelton | December 30, 2012

Didn't the charging station installation tax credit expire at the end of 2011? Or has it been extended?

strengthcoach4 | January 2, 2013

So I had my NEMA 14-50 "refueling" station installed today in Charlotte. Cost me $375, nineteen feet from electrical panel in garage. Had to run the wire in a conduit so I think that's a pretty good deal. Now I just need something other than a dryer to plug into it!

gregv64 | January 2, 2013

@eelton - It just got extended as part of the "Fiscal Cliff" bill.

Grant910 | January 3, 2013

My electrician charged me $650 in Tenafly NJ. He had to run it around 70 feet within the garage.

mkh1437 | January 3, 2013

Solar City was not available in my area, so went with a different provider. Mine was $1600, but I had a rather long run from my electrical panel (I'm in an attached condo building). Had to go up through my attic, running new conduit and wiring, penetrating several walls and the garage ceiling.

portia | January 3, 2013

I had one put in my garage, about $900, about 3 hours work, which I consider expensive, since the meter is right on the other side of the wall. and at my parents' garage, which was anout 25 feet run, done by Solarcity also for $900
both in California. No permits were pulled, Solarcity did have someone from the local city inspect their work.

a friend of mine volunteered to do it for free, but I didnot take him up on that.