Yes in my county, the homeowner is allowed to do their own wiring subject to final inspection. I had started this thread because the actual cost listed in the San Diego and Tennessee infrastructure documents for EVSE is $780. That price is inline with a rough cost analysis of the EVSE but I was told by AV that only they could install it. No other EVSE supplier, Ecototality, Coulumb, etc. has responded to my questions of self install. I did call my county building department and they affirmed I could do my own wiring and my description of the new 40A breaker, EMT conduit and #8AWG THHN wire was said to be fine for the 32A service. They said a disconnect was not required if I could see my panel which I can.
I'm just trying to determine if any of the EVSE suppliers will allow me to wire the EVSE? The reason is the infrastructure document has a cost analysis of the Level 2 EVSE ( the Level 1 is about the same) where the total cost of material and labor and permit comes to $2272. I purchased the EMT conduit, the THHN wire and 40A breaker for about $75 at Home Depot. I installed it in 2 hours to the location of the EVSE. I left the wiring loose awaiting my assessment. According to the San Diego Infrastructure at $2272 and Nissan $2200 estimate, if I could buy the EVSE at $780, my cost would be the $780+$75+ permit cost. That saves about $1400. In any other case like a 240V stove top, I could buy the stove top and install it plus permit. I just hate to spend $2200 even if the tax credit will pay half. If I install it at $900, then it will cost me $450 after credit. It just seems this EVSE situation is not being treated like any other 240V appliance and its not fair to pay for the excessive installation nor is it fair to have the taxpayers pick up half of a gouged price.
I'm a big proponent of EVs and Solar ( I installed a 12.6KW Solar PV myself) and would hate to see either the Feds or buyers freak out because they are being charged more than is reasonable. Some seem to believe having the Feds pick up 1/2 with the credit is ok, but I don't and I've already talked to people who are upset by the charging chord costing almost 10% of an entire car, when the price is about twice what it should be. This could slow down the EV rollout if this becomes a big issue and I for one, don't want to see that. I know some older people who were VERY excited about the Leaf until they heard about the $2200 ( or more) just to charger it. I would hate to see people back out because of something that could cost $1000 or less.
So I would just like this EVSE treated like any other 240V appliance where I as a homeowner can pull my own permit, buy the EVSE and install it. Maybe it will ultimately be like that but both Nissan and AV were very clear I couldn't. I know its a bit over-discussed but until I pay my $100 for my assessment, I won't really know as Nissan and AV, for now seem stuck.
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