4-step guide to electric vehicle charging station installation for residential and commercial locations

April 4, 2016

Photo: Reuters
Caption: A Tesla Motors mass-market Model 3 electric car is seen in this handout picture from Tesla Motors on March 31, 2016.

1. Tesla says Model 3 orders top $10 billion in first 36 hours(Reuters, Technology | Sun Apr 3, 2016)

DETROIT | By PAUL LIENERT -- Tesla Motors Inc said orders for its new Model 3 electric sedan topped 253,000 in the first 36 hours -- a fast start for the company's first mass-market vehicle, which may not begin to reach customers for another 18 months or more.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Friday that the Model 3, which is slated to go into production in late 2017, will sell at an average price of $42,000, including the price of options and additional features, which would give the initial flurry of orders an estimated retail value of $10.6 billion.


The car's average selling price projected by Musk is well above the $35,000 base price. Analysts earlier had estimated the first Model 3s off the factory line in Fremont, California, could be loaded with extra equipment and sell for $50,000 to $60,000.

Make them less expensive. Make it too easy for anyone to get a good one more cheaply than the alternative. (Shorter: Don't make it the Apple watch.) Make me feel like a dope for not getting one just based on overall cost-savings / utility / ease of acquisition -- and please make an SUV and a pick-up truck.

In terms of manufacturing, got to love where they are making them, providing some jobs right where a lot of people in this country are going to be using the product...


Tesla has undertaken a costly expansion of the Fremont plant, aiming to boost annual capacity to 500,000 by 2020, with production of the Model 3, the company's first mass-market car, ramping up slowly through 2019. Some analysts said the company could have trouble filling all the initial Model 3 orders, which are accompanied by a refundable $1,000 deposit, until 2020.


3. The following article from energycenter.org describes a method for streamlining permitting and inspection of residential and commercial electric vehicle charging station installations:

With the growing adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) there is increasing need for installing both residential and commercial charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Jurisdictions can use this guide as a template to provide straightforward information to homeowners and electrical contractors about residential and commercial EVSE permitting requirements. Within the San Diego region, jurisdictions are encouraged to use this document directly or modify it to reflect the specific requirements of their agency.

Why would SDG&E need to know about your charging station?
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) needs to accurately track the number of PEV charging stations installed to properly plan for local increases in electricity demand due to vehicle charging. The combined effect of several chargers in the same area could result in overloads on utility secondary wires and transformers. Therefore, utility notification is an important component of providing safe, reliable electricity to all SDG&E customers. SDG&E can help businesses understand pricing options and identify potential EVSE rebates and incentives.

ResComm EVSE Permit Guidelines v3_Final_attach.pdf


About the Author

Matt Vincent | Senior Editor

Matt Vincent is a B2B technology journalist, editor and content producer with over 15 years of experience, specializing in the full range of media content production and management, as well as SEO and social media engagement best practices, for both Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine and its website CablingInstall.com. He currently provides trade show, company, executive and field technology trend coverage for the ICT structured cabling, telecommunications networking, data center, IP physical security, and professional AV vertical market segments. Email: [email protected]

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