Tesla can now fit charging stations for its vehicles at customers’ houses as part of a new Home Charging Installation Programme, streamlining the ownership process and expanding its business remit further.
The company can install 240-volt fast charging outlets close to where customers park their cars, providing them with a source of energy capable of injecting 25 miles of range into the batteries per hour.
The service, which costs from approximately $1000 (£775), eliminates the need for customers to source their own external electrician or fitter. This not only reduces the workload for a buyer, but expands Tesla’s business remit into yet another sector.
This continues a trend set by Tesla when its CEO, Elon Musk, acquired solar panel company SolarCity last year for £1.96 billion. The sister brand now produces solar roof panels, which are fitted to the roof of houses, to capture energy from the sun and supply it directly to a Tesla charging port or inject power into the house.
While the panels are available to customers in the UK, there’s currently no word as to whether Tesla will offer the Home Charging Installation Programme here. At the moment, the service is only confirmed for the US – but the brand’s aggressive global ambitions suggest it will be rolled out in other markets in the near future.
Tesla's biggest-selling product, the Model 3, entered production this month. With an estimated 400,000 orders for the vehicle already placed, Musk has pledged to build as many as 20,000 units per month from December to meet demand.