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    Recommendation of electrician in Boston area?

    I'm wondering if anyone has worked with a trustworthy/good electrician in the Boston area (Newton specifically). If you have, and would be willing to make an introduction, please send me a private message with details. Thanks!

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    Glad to see this thread - much needed.

    I had just called Solar City with a mixed experience - on my 'Advice on finalizing your order" thread, there was at least one negative comment on them based on pricing and experience. I have a survey from them, since they are Tesla recommended, and not sure about following through. I call several times to get through.

    I may ask for a recommendation on immediate neighborhood list (i'm in metrowest), but not sure if that will be of value - i want someone with specific experience with Tesla and the HPC. If any Roadster owner can make a recommendation i the great Boston area that would be much appreciated.

    Also - i understand that the HPC delivery may take awhile from Solar City.

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    Hi Guys,
    S1116 checking in.
    I will be using:
    W.J. Nowicki Inc. Master Electricians.
    Walter Nowicki's (proprietor) cell: 617-593-4499 and email: walternowicki@gmail.com
    Walter has been doing work for me for about 15 years and really knows his stuff.
    I am a Mechanical Engineering and picky by nature
    Cheers,
    Willem

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    Very helpful to develop this list. Thanks!
    Has anyone here used a Tesla HPWC (presumably for Roadster) or know enough to comment on the increased convenience vs. and NEMA 14-50? I can send at least 70A to it so would get some faster charging (at least 42mi/hour charge c/w 31 NEMA 14-50) and plan for Twin Chargers so can also take advantage of that. You know, that extra 11mi/hour of charge looks measly after some reflection. So I am wondering about HPWC ease of use, convenience, appearance, appeal.

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    70A is 75% more than 40A, so it's considerably faster. I forget the MPH charge rates but if 40A is 31 then 70 should be 54 -- an increase of 23 MPH.
    I've not had one at home; I've used them on the road. There's been 1-2 times in the two years I've had the Roadster where I wished I had 70 but it's not really hampered me. Personally if I had a home and my own garage, I'd go for it so it would be dedicated, nicer-looking, gives me the ability to charge faster if I need it, and lets me keep the 40A cord in the car ... Not sure it's worth the expense just for that, though.
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    I have always found your input helpful, so I trust it is here - think I'm in for the HPWC. That's a new decision. Just saw a pic of Elon standing next to one, and maybe I could also look like a $Billion next to one...? Seems from the charging forum that there are no other good options between 40A NEMA and the HPWC. The only catch is I think I have 70A to the wall from the circuit board, and a NEMA is 50A to the wall from the circuit board. They are then "allowed" to put out to the charger/car 80% of that - 40 for a NEMA 14-50, and 56A from my HPWC, which should therefore give me 43 (43.4)mi/hour charge time. It's exactly 40% faster. If I go for the HPWC it may make sense to try and juice that up to 100A to the wall from the circuit board, for 62mi/hr charge, even if I use it rarely. Or to split later into two 50's...(good advice earlier from Robert.Boston). Thanks for the feedback - your experience in the Roadster is invaluable. FYI I have seen you on the road...AWESOME car. (awesome).
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    I may have glossed over your other posts about your 70A situation -- you sure it's only capable of 70 (e.g. it's not just the breaker rating)? Do you know the gauge & insulation temp rating of the wire?

    The other reason I forgot to mention I'd do it is so I could offer a nice charging solution for those in the area seeking it.
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    You can only draw 80% of a circuit's rating, so if you're really capped at a 70A circuit, your max power draw will be 56A (a 40% improvement over the 40A NEMA 14-50).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShortArc View Post
    Hi Guys,
    S1116 checking in.
    I will be using:
    W.J. Nowicki Inc. Master Electricians.
    Walter Nowicki's (proprietor) cell: 617-593-4499 and email: walternowicki@gmail.com
    Walter has been doing work for me for about 15 years and really knows his stuff.
    I am a Mechanical Engineering and picky by nature
    Cheers,
    Willem
    Willem, I met with Walter this past week and he is great. Smart, personable, all good. Thanks much for the tip. I have an unusual situation with my town, whcih provides low-cost juice via a special meter and this may make things a little tricky. Thanks much again for the lead. Any delivery date for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModelS1079 View Post
    Willem, I met with Walter this past week and he is great. Smart, personable, all good. Thanks much for the tip. I have an unusual situation with my town, whcih provides low-cost juice via a special meter and this may make things a little tricky. Thanks much again for the lead. Any delivery date for you?
    Great to hear you guys were able to meet up. So far Walter has not disappointed.
    Anyway, my delivery date is between Oct 13-27. I am traveling some of that time, so still firming up a date
    Cheers!

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    PS. Alas no HPWC until Nov.

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