Step 1. Get a quote from us
Step 2. Accept your quote and schedule the work to be done.
Step 3. Once work is complete, schedule any inspections that may be necessary.
Step 4. After inspection carefully read Austin Energy's online application.
Step 5. Submit copies of the contractor's final receipts or invoices to Austin Energy.
Step 6. Austin Energy will issue a rebate check within 2 to 4 weeks of submission of final paperwork.
Example of outside breaker box with the door open:
Example of outside breaker box broad view showing the orientation on the garage:
For new electric vehicles, the on-board charger capacity is matched to the vehicle battery. This means that charger can only accept power at its' maximum capacity. For instance, the Tesla Model 3 with a standard battery can only accept a maximum of 32 amps, you wouldn't hurt anything by plugging it into a Tesla Wall Connector that's wired for 48 amps but the car won't charge any faster since the battery doesn't have the ability to accept more than 32 amps at a time.
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Car Charger Rebate Program through Austin Energy
We install many charging stations every week including Tesla's wall connector, the ClipperCreek charging stations, and a variety of 240 volt receptacles. All systems require their own dedicated circuit and run on 240 volts. Amperages can vary. The Tesla wall connector has options that allow it to run on up to a 60 amp circuit. To install a charging station, we’ll need to know what type of power you need and the distance from the breaker box to the location you want the charging station. Some models require a receptacle to plug the station into, while others are hardwired into the home's electrical system.
Tesla cars come with a second generation mobile connector. It's a cord that comes with the ability to plug right into an outlet and charge the car with available power. The mobile connector is 20' long and comes with an adapter for a standard 15 amp 120-volt outlet. Other adapters for different outlet configurations are available like the NEMA 6-50 which is a welder's receptacle also. With the adapter purchased from Tesla, we can install a NEMA 6-50R receptacle. Although we will hook the outlet up at 50 amps (40 continuous amps) the mobile connector cord can only send 40 amps (32 continuous amps) to the car.
If charging faster is desired, then a Tesla Wall Connector is the way to go. It can be hooked up at amperages up to 60 amps. Most wall connectors are hooked up at 60 amps, which most homes can accommodate without requiring a main breaker panel and meter upgrade. A Model 3 with the long range battery would charge at 44 miles per hour of charging at 60 amps (48 continuous amps) versus the 30 miles per hour of charging it would charge at with a NEMA 6-50 outlet with the mobile connector.
It may be easiest to determine how far you drive each day, generally, and how long the car is parked each day to best tell which charging option is best for you.
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