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Would you let a fellow Tesla owner charge up at your house?

What if you could access a directory of Tesla owners across the country where you could stop and charge up for an hour or two. You could swap stories and meet great people. Think of it as staying at a hostel. You of course would have to call or email ahead to plan appropriately. Thoughts? This concept could save you from being stranded just short of a charging station. I am in Kansas City if you happen by, I'll leave the light on.

Someone is charging at our house on Tuesday.

I am not sure I would want to stay at a hostel that sounds like it might not be fun a Hotel maybe ;)


I'm about to install my HPWC at my house. The problem is I'm still debating if I should list my charging port on I don't mind helping fellow tesla owner's but I'm afraid that I would have so many people trying to charge at my place, that it would cost a lot more electricity bill. 80a a couple cars a day would jack up 100 bucks? not sure but possibly.
That's why if I do list it on the I would state to charge little gratuity fee not to make money but to help me out as well. I think it would be fair. what do you guys think? If I help you, then understand too.

I think if I was stranded situation and I needed to charge badly I defiantly offer to pay them as well for their help.

Sure, that's why I have it listed in PlugShare.

Yes, of course. But electric power is not for free. So to pay for a charge, seems to be fair.
I know I will pay! Do you know anyone who give gasoline/petrol/diesel away for fee?

@rchiang, Unless your electric rate is above average, $0.04 per mile should cover your cost. That's $5.00 for 250 miles. This is based on the national average of $0.11 per kWh and 350 Wh per mile charging.

But, as they say, YMMV.

BTW, it will take about four hours for the HPWC to deliver that 250 miles, assuming the car has twin chargers, otherwise it'll take about eight hours.

rchiang (and others with similar concerns)

To use HPWC the person would have to have twin chargers, I am thinking less than 40% of Tesla owners will have twin chargers so you probably won't be inundated but certainly it could add up. The other factor is where you are with respect to well traveled interstate traffic vs far off corner a long distance from the interstate. I agree with all here that one would not be out of line to ask for a small charge for electric payback. If you feel like "waiving the charge" for a short charge you could always do that on the spot. my guess is the social / sharing aspect of fellow MS owner may be worth the charge.

I am going to list mine on plugshare with no charge to start and see how it goes. I can always add a note on plugshare about cost, mine might be $1.75 / Hr if charging at 40A. I have NEMA 14-50.

40A * 240V * 1hr = 9600 kWh @ $.18/kWh = $1.73 / hr

From my house you can walk to a beach while your car charges.
Mike F - Long Beach, NY

To help out in name of humanity, my "doors" will be open 24x7. My electricity is free anyway thanks to 5.25kW of solar planels. I am planing to install a receptacle outside as we'll just for that reason for guests of all kinds just in case.

I live in Valley Stream, NY and if you're in my neighborhood then you should go the extra 10 miles to Mike F in Long Beach because there's nothing to do in valley Stream.

I think it depends on where you live
In California .04 to .11 per kwh would be a dream!
However it's more like .30 per kwh during the times when "friends" would need it (time of say usage
Is cheap only 12am to. 7am)

@mikeflb - don't forget the ~86% efficiency, so divide by .86 to get the real cost.

@syow13 - I'm currently paying 4.4 cents/kWh in GA, and that is the regular rate -- the EV rate drops it to 1.9 cents/kWh in the middle of the night.

YES when a Tesla owner needs a few miles to get to a Supercharger, heck being a Tesla owner makes him/her like family.
Right now the closest Supercharger is in Gilroy, CA, but hopefully Elon will finally announce many more Superchargers this upcoming week ( by 5/31/13 )

Yes. Also, if I saw them on the side of the road with a flat. Is it silly to feel like we are part of a family?

Yes, I have listed myself on Plugshare. A Model S owner was going to use my Nema 14-50 plug on his way from Canada to North Carolina, but I am 16 hilly miles from the highway and there are some chargers at a local mall near the highway. I did stop in Buffalo on my way to Cleveland to charge at a fellow Model S owner. It was really nice to use the HPWC. If I was closer to the highway I would install one for travelers. I don't have much use for one for my charging needs.

I don't think you HAVE to have twin chargers to use HPWC, only to charge it at the faster speed.
but right now I am not listed, just because I don't think anyone needs it where I live. But if I live somewhere it could be useful, then, yes I would let a fellow Tesla model S owner charge at my home.

Yes, I have listed my location on Plugshare. My 14-50 outlet is available for any Tesla owners as I await the production of my Model X. I have a 25 kW solar panel system, and I generate a surplus of electricity most months, so I am not worried about the cost of the electricity.

My home has been on PlugShare and Recargo since November. I hosted my first two S owners last night and the night before, as there aren't a lot of charging options yet in Las Vegas. Both were pretty low on range, but now have enough to get back to Barstow. Both offered to pay something, I declined. Maybe if it gets super busy paying will become necessary, but it's not anywhere close yet.

My HPWC should be up and working by next week. I also have a 30amp J1772 charger and for the old school crowd a TAL paddle charger for the old Toyota RAV4 EV.

I'll add everything to PlugShare when the HPWC is up.

I am 2 blocks west of I-5 off Del Mar Heights Rd.

Yes. Nice to meet fella Model S owners.

I am impressed by the responses so far. I do think Tesla owners are a family of sorts, hopefully the kind that can get a long and not try to borrow money! Reminds me of the sign given a fellow motorcycle rider.

My original thought was in those rare cases where public charging is just that much further down the road to make it dicey to attempt to make it, grabbing an hours charge to get there safely and swap a few "grin" stories as a plus. I never intended it to be free juice, just a life line to someone in need.

Mike F sure hope I run low near your house (beach)!

Sol_pwrd - what a guy, thank you in advance.

It isn't just Model S - I also have a J1772 charger (for my wife's LEAF, and any other EV in need is welcome to charge with it as well.

Yes--We have 14-50 receptacles and closed contribution boxes at the motel at our resort in Jackson County, Wisconsin. Be warned that it is a clothing optional resort with swiming lake. campground etc.

We listed our chargers on PlugShare a couple years ago when we got a Roadster, so there are 2 chargers there now that we have a Model S.


correct. The HPWC and battery negotiate the battery's max. No problem. I know an owner who got 1 charger and the HPWC for convenience and appearance.

Yes. But I'm moving soon, so I'll join plugshare when I get to my new home. I'll make sure I put an outlet outside so that guests can access easily.

Yup, on plugshare already.

I opted to put my HPWC and a J1772 at my office and make them available to the public. It's right off I-75, which should make it convenient for everyone. I listed it on both Plugshare and the DOE site. DOE updates their database once a month, and many third party listings take a feed from them.

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