Everyone seems to end up paying absurd prices for this stuff.
I got a "free" Tesla wall charger from my dad (one of his referral rewards) and our solar installers quoted $750 to do it at the same time as they did our solar. I agreed to the quote, even though the charger was going *right* next to the panel, just to make sure it was done right, all at the same time, and of course could be rolled into the solar install cost at tax time to get 30% back.
In the end, the solar folks didn't bill me the $750 they were supposed to, so I guess I got a free car charger, parts *and* install
ChrisV, congrats on the new ride! Love the color, your wife is right
When my son needed a 14-50 installed in his garage in Redwood City, I looked up an electrician on CL who seemed to live nearby. The guy came by, looked over the job, texted me the list of materials to buy at HD and came back the next day to do the job. I think he charged $200 or $250. The job itself was extremely simple. The panel was on the outside wall of his garage. The outlet went just below the panel on the inside wall. If I had the right tools there, I would have done the job myself.
If I don't do the entire job myself, I will run the conduit and wire, then call the electrician who worked for the solar company to make the connections at each end. I am pretty sure he would do it for a relatively small fee.
Joining the Bolt brigade as well.
'20 LT base model with the fast charging as the only option. I read Ubers thread that got bumped by someone mentioning a cheap lease and after emailing a salesman I dealt with at a dealer he came back within the target I was shooting for. I've had a few moments of thought as to if I should have went for the heated seats and steering wheel, and ended up asking a local dealer what they could do but it was a fully loaded LT which came out to like $4k more during the life of the lease. Nightfall Grey sure is a nice color, though.
I haven't owned a white car since I was 16 other than my parts car TDI so I figure it was time, and since its a small hatchback it isn't too "rental car white"-y
I bought a ChargePoint Home 32 for the Level 2 charging and will have my cousin who is a licensed electrician run a dedicated line to the wall either on the side of the house or right at the drive way. It's a 25ft cord but that gets eaten up quickly by the GTO and Rabbit
Back in May 2018 we installed an 8.7 kW solar panel system on our house. I've been keeping track of our production and usage, and found that we were making about 2400 kWh/year in excess of our usage. At the end of 2019 our electric company, Duke Energy, took away about 2200 kWh of excess balance and will be sending us a check for about $140. Big deal.
Today I realized that those 2200 kWh would have actually been worth almost 8000 miles of driving our Bolt. And if I was putting gas into our Colorado to drive that much, it would have cost me over $1000.
So I guess our Bolt will help us pay off the solar panels even sooner than expected. Or our solar panels will help us save money on our driving.
The unelected board members proposed raising rates for all energy consumers via a “transition charge,” which would start at 2.7 additional cents per kilowatt hour and eventually rise to 4.5 cents. PREPA customers who installed rooftop solar panels would pay the creditors’ fee on all energy they used, including what they generated themselves, a highly unusual arrangement.
The other weekend I took some time to clay bar the 500e and apply a fresh coat of Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax. The metallic paint really shines. The 500e has never been through an automatic car wash -- no swirls in the paint. I need to take some better photos of it, this is just an iPhone photo.
2018 Fiat 500e
2008 Audi TT 3.2 quattro manual
2006 Lotus Exige
This is somewhat relevant here but after 82k miles I've finally hit 200mpg in my '13 Volt. I bought it 4 years with about 40k miles and the lifetime mileage at the time was 171mpg.
It's been perfect for what I've needed. Daily commutes on battery with the occasional road trip. I'm taking it in next week for its third oil change since I've had it.
Homeowners associations and solar access in Florida
Florida Statute 163.04 forbids any binding agreement (between HOAs or otherwise) to prohibit a property owner from installing solar. An HOA may restrict where you place your solar panels, but not if the system’s performance suffers as a result. House Bill 697 expanded upon this legislation to allow condominium boards to install solar on their properties to benefit unit owners without their prior approval. It also allows the unit owners to install solar within their own condos.
Florida Statute 704.07 allows for the negotiation of solar easements to guarantee that a property owner’s solar panels get enough exposure to the sun.
I just past 35k miles (7k of my driving in 6 months) on my eGolf and it's still been a great commuter. There are times where I wished I would have waited until I found the 500e that I wanted but the eGolf is such a great commuter I'm fine with the slightly less fun to driveness of it.
The only issues that I have is occasionally the AA will bug out and I'll need to reset the system and the rear camera will not work. Those are very minor in my mind and they always work after a reset.
I think that once it gets nicer out I'm going to take it to a couple of autocross events and see how it does and feel. Maybe I'll try a couple of different techniques like using B mode or two feet driving like a go cart or traction control vs no TC. Should be fun to see what's faster.
I'm already looking to the future and seeing what small EVs are coming to the US. I'm intrigued by the Mini E and I really wish the Honda E was coming here. Maybe someday as I love that little thing. I have zero interest in any of the CUV sized or truck sized EVs coming out but I know that I'm very much in the minority.