American car brand expands business with new Home Charging Installation Programme

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.

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16 August 2017

I think Renault + others used to do this for free, I just hope the charger works across different makes and models, if not implementing a standard only becomes more difficult the later you leave it.

Autocar, any news on a proper full review on production Model 3, I’ve seen mini-tests at the launch which gave glowing reports e.g Top Gear. A full blown magazine review must be the most eagerly awaited motorcar related review ever!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 August 2017
Autocar wrote:

.. providing them with a source of energy capable of injecting 25 miles of range into the batteries per hour.....

Or 8 hours for 200 miles of range, correct? Doesn't sound particularly impressive!

16 August 2017

As they'll mostly be used overnight it should be sufficient. I wouldn't want to be doing 200+ miles a day without spending 8+ hours at home, but I suppose there must be some people out there that might occasionally do that. 

16 August 2017

Of course you're assuming the battery was near flat to begin with. 99.9% of the time the car sits on the drive for more than 8 hours at a day anyway.

I do 30,000 miles a year but can't remember the last time I did over 200 miles in a day. If I had an electric car and needed to, I'd just take my wifes ICE car.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 August 2017

meant over 20,000

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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