How much did electrician cost to install NEMA 14-50 outlet

How much did electrician cost to install NEMA 14-50 outlet

Getting quote for over$1000. My panel is on wall in basement beside door to garage. Panel distance to where outlet needs to be is about 15-18 feet. Charge include fixed fee of $225 to get city permit for electrical work.


mklcolvin | September 20, 2013

If I remember correctly, I paid about $230 or so to get my NEMA 14-50 installed. The electrician only had to run about a foot from my breaker box to place the outlet. When I was quoted, he told me that it would be about $1000 to run about 12-13 feet to the other side of my garage (that was a no-brainer -- I switched sides with my wife's car, problem solved). You might want to look at alternative locations if pricing is an issue.

brian4591 | September 20, 2013

I am installing the HPWC for free for a client in Vancouver, BC. As per my proposal seen here.

I will be installing it on Monday. This one has quite the work involved rather than the standard 40A outlet. I will be running the 100A cable 40ft from a basement room to the garage around the outside of the home. I'll see how many hours it takes but I can see this install typically being over $1000.

Brian Wuttke
BW Electric

shao | September 20, 2013

6 gauge wire runs just under buck a foot. x 4 wires. So the cost will vary considerably based on distance from the breaker, whether or not any modifications need to be done to increase the amperage of your box, how much "tunneling" through walls needs to be done, and whether or not you need a permit where you live.

I got a quote for $480 to install the plug about 15 feet from the box, with the conduit run outside my garage (i.e. drilled out then back in). I got the electrician to put in 2 for me for $680. I'm estimating parts were probably about $300.

There are lots of prior posts discussing the price, which is pretty variable - people have reported anywhere from $250-$1000. | September 20, 2013

$435 for 15' run including drywall repairs; using #6 copper. Does not include $95 permit costs.

Also installing whole house surge protection at same time.

Xerogas | September 20, 2013

$285, maybe 2-4' run

NKYTA | September 20, 2013

Friend of a friend, $250, one new breaker switch, 1-2' run.

jcaspar1 | September 20, 2013

It all depends on how you run the wire. If you are removing drywall, replacing, retexturing and going through shear walls, it can be expensive.

Wire, breaker, box and outlet parts should cost no more than 60-80$ at the most. If this is a simple external conduit run without separate shutoff etc, it is way to expensive in my opinion.

Zero EV | September 20, 2013

Cost me $175 (Dayton, OH area). ~15ft run

mem3184 | September 20, 2013

$537 in SoCal about 20 feet from outside panel to front of garage including larger cable for future high speed charger.

dramingly | September 20, 2013

3 and change. Just below my existing box, but he had to put in a new breaker and merge a few circuits. Probably only 90 minutes of work.

sunrunner | September 20, 2013

It cost me $650 with about 70 feet from box. I traded a tile saw that was collecting dust so it brought my cost down to $500.

romainiacWV | September 20, 2013

$1000 is too much. I paid about $600 for both a HPWC and 14-50 installed about 18 feet from my box, including drilling through wall and studs. This is including materials and labor. Having seen the install done, especially the 50 amp, I feel I could repeat it myself.

earlyretirement | September 20, 2013

Most quotes in San Diego were from $375 to $450 for installing it. I ended up installing a dedicated EV TOU meter which required an electrician doing the work so he did that as well. He did all of it for $1,500.

Cindy I II III | September 21, 2013

$575 from the basement to garage (New Jersey), not the cheapest, not the most expensive quote here.

jchangyy | September 21, 2013

$450 Solarcity in the bay area. extra panel installed from subpanel with 10 feet of wiring.

pylt | September 21, 2013

$300 for three NEMA 14-50 outlets on all three walls of a 2-car garage. I supplied the wiring (Home Depot or Lowes) as I get a discount there.

No dry wall repairs as attic access was relatively easy.

hamer | September 21, 2013

How much it costs you is going to depend largely on how much the contractor wants to rip you off (if he does) and how much distruction / repair of the floor / walls will be required afterward. A straight run of 10 feel from your box to where you put the outlet is going to be much cheaper than a run from a box in the basement, through the ceiling/floor, into the garage, and then installation of an outlet.

When I had mine installed I did it was a straight short run and I did the sheet-rock and painting work myself. If I'd been thinking straight, I'd have cut out the run for the sheetrock and drilled through the studs myself, too, and saved a little more.

I did not trust myself to do anything involving the electrical box and circuit breakers, nor to install a 240 out NEMA 14-50 outlet, which I've not done before.

vipdoc | September 21, 2013

I live in Ohio and your situation sounds very similar to mine. I found my electrician from Angie's list. They gave me a quote of $400. I went with them. The outlet works appropriately.

butwhyowhy | September 21, 2013

Unfortunately I have an older house and have to get a heavy up. It is going to cost me $1,900... I was actually quotes as high as $5,400 by one well known electrician service. If it were not for the heavy up it would have only cost about $250.

DCTesla | September 21, 2013

I'm based in Orange County where Tesla ownership seems to be gaining popularity very quickly. I had the same issues with costs and high bids for the outlet install as there seems to be a "market price" of $500-$1000 that's been established by the usual contractors/electricans. That's the price because that's what the average Tesla buyer is willing to pay. Free market capitalism at it's best, baby!

That said, your costs shouldn't be more than about 2-3 hours of labor at your local rates plus about $2.75 per foot for the actual wiring. They need three identical wires that run about 90cents per foot to run from the breaker to your outlet. All in for me was less than $200 after I called my friendly handyman to do the work (less than 4 feet for me).

As others have said, get creative about your garage configuration and you can easily save a few bucks!

nrk7001 | September 21, 2013

I spend $300. Here in AZ. 25ft run, new breaker switch. I thought this was very fair.

JPPTM | September 21, 2013

FWIW, nonmetallic #6 cable (3 wires & ground) is about $2/foot from Home Depot (assuming you can run inside a wall or attic and are not surface mounting). The NEMA 14-50 receptacle is about $10-15. Other parts (j-box, cover plates, breakers, etc). Then there is the labor. And if you are in a community with a building department, they might ask for a permit and final inspection (some $$, some time).

jbue | September 21, 2013

Mine was $480 for 50ft run (not straight)...I already had a breaker.
SoCal no conduit needed. Took about 4 hrs

cbassdriver | September 21, 2013

@jbue: Where in SoCal are you? Looking to install nine in mos angeles area.

cbassdriver | September 22, 2013

Sorry my iPhone had some interesting typing!

PapaSmurf | September 22, 2013

$209 for my NEMA 14-50 to be installed right under my panel in the garage.

ausdma | September 25, 2013

Just connected with our trusted electrician who is very familiar with our house after he helped with our massive remodel (1.5 yr long project including design and documentation).

It's a long run from one side of the house to the other and then needs a trench to get to the garage. Rough estimate over email $1000 - $1500 for a NEMA 14-50 (he didn't come out and measure it).

Even worse news for an HPWC as that would require upgrading the service to the house. We're not happy about that part because during the remodel he talked us into putting less service into the house that what we thought we wanted.

Says he has done wiring for 25-30 Volts/Leafs and 5-6 Teslas, all at 50 amp.

FreeCashFlow | September 25, 2013

Any recommendations on electricians to use in SF Bay area and costs. I saw the Solar City note and will be connecting with them.

Galve2000 | September 25, 2013

I had a Clipper Creek CS 100 installed at my parents' summer home in eastern Long Island 2 months ago. My electrician of choice worked for the contactor who built the house 3 years ago so I knew there would be a markup.

Eyeballing the whole thing I assumed the electrician would charge me around $3,000.00 ($2,000 for the actual work and $1,000 b/c the general contractor has to make a buck on this as well, no?)

A ton of money but up to $3,000 I was willing to spend..

I asked the general contractor to get me a quote in early June and 3 weeks later I get an email that he wanted $6,750 just to run the wires from the panel to the garage (not including the physical connection and hanging of the EVSE!)

my jaw dropped. my father's jaw dropped. my lawyer's jaw dropped as I casually mentioned to him what kind of highway robbery my parents have been subjected to getting this home built!

in any case, a forum member on TMC who lives out on eastern long island recommended a local electrician who solar city recommends for the Tesla HPWC installation in the area, and who it turns out makes his living installing solar panels to homes in the area. He mentioned that he has installed "hundreds" of these EVSEs.

Said local electrician came by to check things out and it turns out the run from the panel to the garage wall where I wanted the EVSE hung was about 20 feet, and the whole thing would cost $1200.00!

I liked that price.

The only difficulty would be that he would probably need to punch a hole in the wall below my electrical breaker panel to pass the wire through. the garage sits next to an unfinished basement so running wires behind the garage would not need cutting though walls etc, but the panel was in the finished utility room and while the election would cover (and plaster) any holes made, I would have to get a painter to bring the utility room back to a "finished" state.

still I agreed. hell, I could paint the wall myself!

It turns out we had a bit of unforeseen good luck on the day of the install..

When the electrician’s team opened the electrical panel to find a space or the 100 amp breaker it was discovered that there was a PVC pipe going down into the basement from which the electrical wires to the EVSE could be passed. No ugly hole would need to be cut into the wall below the breaker panel! YAY!

In the end the run was about 25 feet with about 5 feet that was pulled out of the wall on both ends, so we are talking a very short run of roughly 15 feet.

The electrician mentioned that his team might need 4-5 hours for the whole install ("probably closer to 4 hours," he said) but they drove up at 8:50 AM and were driving off with my newly installed CS-100 at around 10:50 AM. The time estimate was prior to the discovery that there was a PVC pipe and no hole would need to be made.

In the end, I feel I overpaid for the install but I am not to upset about it. his team did superb work, were very neat while being efficient, and hey had obviously done this type of install MANY times before. Although the electrican mentioned that they had installed "hundreds" of these EVSEs -- a claim that I find dubious, to say the least.

It was well within my max budget of $3000 and am happy to be able to fully charge my Chevy Volt in 4 hours or less.

As for the General Contractor and his electrician with the $6,750 quote, at the risk of defending their actions, it was probably more of a "please look elsewhere" kind of quote, and "don't involve me in this specialized kind of work!"

I only sought him out as a 1st choice b/c he had wired the whole house and knew it well and my father mentioned that he felt more comfortable if this was the electrician that did the work.

Full disclosure: I had the EVSE installed by the Solar City recommended electrician against my father's wishes while he and my mom were away on summer vacation. Still, I got a phone call a few weeks ago from my dad saying "thumbs up.. nice job on the new charger install!" when I mentioned it only cost me 1200 dollars, he replied.. "very nice!!"

akikiki | September 25, 2013

@Kaboom, you are going to get such a wide range of success stories here ranging from so so cheap to very expensive. You can only use our experiences as a wild-a** guess as to what yours will be. Best thing that you can do is get 3 or 4 estimates and pick the one that makes best sense for you. No offense intended but asking on here without identifying your neighborhood/town and your own town's going rate is like asking "how much is it going to cost to paint my house".

Folks, don't forget come tax time. If you are installing equipment or power to support EV charging, the federal gov't authorizes you to a tax credit of 30% of the cost up to a total credit of $ 1,000 for installation at your residence. Check with your tax expert.

ausdma | September 25, 2013


I didn't know that. Are you allowed to double dip? Austin Energy offers rebates of 50% up to $1500. My electrician confirmed my installation would be eligible.

Qwiksilver | September 25, 2013

Had to run 12'
Northern NJ

SUN 2 DRV | September 26, 2013


You might want to get a free estimate from John Martinez at Bayshore Electric. (650)-260-VOLT

I haven't used his services yet myself, but I met him at a recent EV event at Google HQ and he seemed like a very knowledgeable and competent guy.

Peter85 | September 26, 2013

Got three quotes for installing a NEMA 6-50 240V 50 Amp dedicated circuit on exterior about 20 ft from panel: $500; $650; & $2,000. I pulled and paid for the permit separately.

akikiki | September 26, 2013

Who says its double-dipping. Contact your tax person for confirmation.

jillsv12 | September 27, 2013

I preface my story with none of these price discussions include wall/ceiling patching & painting. I live in Westchester County NY. I'm knowledgable about electricity and generally do modest projects on my own.

When I ordered the car I was given an estimate of $900 or less to get the electricity from our basement utility room to our garage. That was the basis for my initial expectations.

When I finally connected with Solar City we went to contract at $1700 after phone discussions upped the price by $400 each for the estimated run to be 100' vs 90 and for a 100a circuit vs 50a.... subject to a site visit. Price had already doubled.
A week went by and Solar City then sent an installer who took pictures, measurements and notes. A few days later he contacted me and said his supervisor wanted to see the job. By the time this happened and I heard from them again, another week gone by until I received a quote by email... (best to be seated about now)... $10,000 (not a typo!) I was shocked, the Tesla sales reps and my Solar City contacts on the west coast were all very surprised. At this point I felt like we were in the Twilight Zone and I put the car order on hold as I was right at the 2-week "point of no return" date.

So my Tesla reps at The Westchester then connected me with a local outfit who had done the installs for them in the Mall as well as some other Model S customers. Short story is that he came back with a $5400 quote. I still felt this was way too high. To be fair, the run through my finished basement was over 50 feet, and I wanted to run to two NEMAs in my garage, one on each pillar in anticipation of possibly having a 2nd EV one day as well as for any guests who may visit. Also, I wanted the run to be in copper and not aluminum. I questioned the price, informed them that my wife had our local electrician (who we have used in the past and who knows our house construction, though had never done a Tesla install), look at the job and quoted 2700 (which at the time unknown to me was for aluminum SER) to which he responded that wa simpossible as the materials alone would cost him $2900.

At this point I did two things.
1. I asked our local electrician for a price update using copper. Response was $4000. Strange as while copper costs way more than aluminum, the cost of 100' of copper wire is not $1300 (4000-2700) let alone the difference between copper and aluminum.
2. I figured out and priced exactly what materials were needed for the job using quality materials:
100' Copper SER 2-2-2-4 ($810 delivered from Nassau Cable)
125' Copper Romex 6-3 ($225)
2 NMEA 14-50 outlets, 2 cover plates, 2 electrical boxes, wire clamps
1 dual (220v) 125a breaker
2 dual (220v) 50a breakers
1 twin (110v double circuit / one slot) 20a breaker (as I needed to free one space in a main panel adjacent to where I had only one free slot)
1 main lug breaker box
staples and u clamps to hold wire in place
Total cost for all of the materials... $1245.

I ran nearly all the wire myself in the walls and ceiling; then had a local electrician come by for 5-6 hours one day to assist with one difficult snake and two pulls of the SER, make the connections and test everything. Paid him $500. All done for about $1800. It was a lot of work, but I saved myself $2000-8000 and have a lot of pride at having done it.

Thomas N. | September 27, 2013

$250 down here in Southern California by certified and licensed electrician. Just had to add a breaker to my existing panel and there literally was no run to be made - the outlet was on the opposite side of the wall from the garage so they just directly connected through the wall. The added bonus is that I have very little loss and no components are ever hot - at most they are luke-warm even immediately after a two-hour charge.

TeslaDC | October 28, 2013

Hi Thomas N.,

I am interested in contacting your electrician who quoted $250. Any phone numbers and/or name of POC?

I got quoted $800 out-the-door and I think that's too much. I've been driving my Model S since mid September and made 2700+ miles on it. I have relatively easy access to free public L2 chargers and the supercharger at Hawthorne, that's why I don't have an urgent need for an NEMA 14-50 outlet at home. When I charge at home, I don't mind (and I'm not bothered by) the slow 120V@12A, and when necessary, I use the "quick220" box for 240V@15A (about 10mi/hr).


Brian H | October 29, 2013

as your compulsion to drive increases, so will your miles and need for hi-pressure juice. Be prepared.

jbunn | October 29, 2013


I've been doing residential electrical since I was a teen, and do all my own wiring when I've built my own houses.

Brought a little tear to my eye to see your great success story. Very nicely done! Congratulations!

Kaboom | October 29, 2013

Since i started this thread, i got 4 separate quotes.

The one i am going with will cost me about $950, which will run about 26ft from panel to other side of wall to where outlet will be.

Just one outlet.

One quote was as high as $1900, and another as low as $340. But that low one would have been his very first EV 14-50 outlet for the guy, and the 950 guy has done close to 100. So just felt safer with the more expierenced guy and that he knows what hes talking about.

gill_sans | October 29, 2013

We got a general contractor quote us $1,500 to run a line about 100 feet from our breaker box to our garage and install the NEMA 14-50. In the end we paid $2,500 and it took over six weeks. Most of the actual electrical work was done in a day, but work had to be redone due to unforeseen, unusual and stringent requirements that make it a pain to install a power outlet intended for a Tesla in Palo Alto.

The good news is that the city apparently knows this and the city council recently discussed streamlining this whole business in order to encourage (rather than discourage!) electric vehicle adoption. They even voted to require new residential construction to support EV charging.

Brian H | October 30, 2013

A rational bureaucracy! How disorienting.

OCTesla | October 30, 2013

Had mine done for $280 here in Orange County. My fuse box is on the other side of the wall so install was easy.

SCCRENDO | October 30, 2013

Mine cost $400. About a 15-20 ft run. Used the electrician recommended by the Newport Tesla store.

dmthorn | October 30, 2013

I wired my own and it is very easy. $9 for the outlet, $5 for the box, $9 for the breaker, about $4 per foot of cable {#6 Cu} (~$60), and $12 for replacement sheet rock. So right around $100 and 3 hours of my time is all I needed. The wiring took about 15-20 minutes, the sheet rock replacement and drilling through the studs took the other 2 1/2 hours. I didn't bother with a permit for a single outlet, but if you want one, do it yourself. I've never had an issue pulling my own permit and every city permit office I've been to has been very helpful. It is also much cheaper to pull it yourself then have a contractor do it.

If you don't feel comfortable doing electrical work, just get a book at any home improvement store or online. You'll be surprised at how basic it is.

foehner7 | April 21, 2014

Just received a quote for $2700 from BR Electric:

$1,700 for 50' wire
$640 for kill switch
$230 permits
$120 amp breaker

Seems a bit high.

hamer | April 21, 2014

Many things drive the cost up, assuming that the electrician is not simply ripping you off. The cost of the breaker is not out of line with what you can buy at somewhere like Home Depot. The cost of the kill switch may be out of line; I'm not sure. Your area may require kill switches; many other areas do not.

The cost of running 50 feet of wire could be considerable in terms of labor. The electrician will have to cut out 50 feet of wallboard, drill holes in studs, thread the wire through, repair the wall, all of which could take time.

Your area may require permits; many other areas don't.

zwede | April 21, 2014

I was lucky in that the Tesla parking spot is right next to my breaker box. I installed the 14-50 right below the box. Supplies were $55, and I did the labor.

foehner7 | April 21, 2014

He is running the wiring in a copper conduit attached directly to the inside walls of the garage. He isn't planning to run it within the drywall so no drilling through studs, repairing drywall, etc. There are 4-5 corners along the path. Kill switch is required in Pleasanton.