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2015-01-24 18:06:06


208-250 volt AC supply, 60 hertz

Current: 50 amp circuit breaker / 40 amp continuous draw

Code: Circuit installation should meet National Electric Code

(NEC) wire and breaker ratings. In general, this means 6 AWG

wire for installations under 100 feet

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): Not required

Service disconnect: Not required

Outlet: Install within 15 feet of driver side taillight (vehicle is

over 16 feet long) and minimum 18 inches above the ground

Tesla Model S Home Charging Station. NEMA 14-50 Outlet  |  More info

My home setup for charging the Tesla Model S.

NEMA 14-50 240V setup. Outside outlet.

"Make sure the hole for ground prong is at the top." -- That's what she said!

NEMA specs here ().

2015-01-24 18:21:00

Tesla Charging Problem - Display says insert charging cord even though cord is plugged in.

Tesla Charging Problem - Display says insert charging cord even though cord is plugged in.  |  More info

My tesla model S would not start charging after inserting the power cord. YIKES! It turned out to be a temperamental button on the charging wand/handle. A little tape did the trick as described here. For more information on Bad UMC and Tesla Model S charging problems visit . This is the IT Support Los Angeles video channel. For more info contact

2015-02-01 22:21:48


2015-02-06 19:06:38

Tesla Model S J1772 Charging  |  More info

2015-02-06 20:37:22

Minnesota utilities offer off-peak electric rates as low as 3.3 cents/kWh.

Xcel Energy, Minnesota’s largest power company, has asked state regulators to approve an off-peak EV charging rate of of 3.3 cents per kilowatt-hour, a 43 percent discount to the usual residential rate.

“We are trying to provide more options for customers,” said Xcel exec Chris Clark. “This is really how we’re seeing the future. We think customers are going to want to tailor their energy services to what their particular uses are.”

With fuel charges added, the rate, which would apply from 9 pm to 9 am on weekdays, and all weekend, would actually be 6 cents per kWh. Participants must also pay a $4.95 monthly charge to cover the cost of a separate electric meter. Clark said EV owners should save about $9 per month.

According to Xcel, there are about 2,000 electric cars are in its Minnesota territory, and the off-peak rates equate to about 50 cents per gallon of gasoline.

Under a 2014 state law, investor-owned utilities must offer special rates to plug-in drivers, as well as the option to buy renewable power. Xcel, which is the nation’s most windpower-reliant utility, also proposes to give customers the option to purchase only wind power – the “Windsource” option would cost about $2 more per month.

According to the Northeast Group, 25 utilities in 14 states currently offer special EV rates. Minnesota is the first state to require that they do so. Minnesota Power of Duluth and Otter Tail Power of Fergus Falls said they will also offer EV rate programs.

2015-03-04 22:23:24

Review: Camco PowerGrip Extension Cord for Tesla Model S  |  More info

More details:

Check out my review on Teslarati:

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2015-05-03 12:51:21

Tesla Motors Model S: Low charge alert and Charging Locator Feature!  |  More info

Tesla Motors Model S: Low charge alert and Charging Locator Feature!

Finally got to test out the low charge alert station finder feature of Firmware 6.2

First time this has popped up, I think maybe because I got a bugfix firmware update in the morning.

Either-way, I like this, just wish it would route as well.

2015-05-08 20:12:29

Tesla superchargers network animation (2.5 years in a two minute video)  |  More info

More info on this amazing website:

This site was created by Tesla forum member Blueshift. Tesla enthusiasts from around the globe have contributed by sending notification of new sites, status updates, and corrections.

Feel free to comment and ask questions below ...

2015-06-30 22:11:08

Liquid Cooled Supercharger with Thermal Imagery

Tesla Motors: Liquid Cooled Supercharger with Thermal Imagery  |  More info

Tesla Motors: Liquid Cooled Supercharger with Thermal Imagery

Showing the first Liquid Cooled Supercharger station in Mountain View, California. I wasn't in a position to record for a long period of time, however, even after measuring other cars cables that were plugged in for a while, they remained cool at approx ambient temps, regardless of charging rate

2015-07-08 01:26:58

TIP: How to speed up your Supercharging - it's News from the Frunk episode 38!  |  More info

Welcome to News from the Frunk, Episode 38.

News from the Frunk* is a short round up of key Tesla news over the previous few days. Would love your feedback in the comments below.

Contact me at:

Today’s video explains how to make sure your Supercharging experience is as fast as possible.


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My book, "Owning Model S":

If you are thinking of buying a Tesla Model S, or already have one and want to know a little more about the car, my book “Owning Model S” is available for $24.95 plus tax and shipping from

See you on the next episode of “News from the Frunk”.

* The ‘Frunk’ is the front trunk in the Tesla Model S (where an internal combustion engine would be, if it had one)

2017-05-22 04:09:57

Tesla resurrects free unlimited Supercharging on Model S and Model X.

Tesla surprised existing Model S and Model X owners, as well as new buyers, with a promotion that converted the previously set 400 kWh limit of free Supercharger use per year, to free and unlimited lifetime Supercharger use.