It’s 7am and the Have Power guys have shown up exactly on time to install our JuiceBox EV charging unit. Jason had confirmed for me the day before that 7am was okay, and I said no problem, typically up at the crack of dawn anyway. With a toddler we very much appreciate when people are on time these days, helps with the general scheduling.
Even though we had already been through the initial consultation many weeks back, the guys went through a second time and started tapping on the ceiling in the basement, the walls, trying to figure out where they were going to run the line. We’re in a townhouse in DC, the power comes in off the sidewalk in the front of the building and then has to run all the way back to the parking area in the alley. In total it’s about a 60 foot run, with twists and turns, it’s probably about 100 feet. Running electric cable through a townhouse front to back can be nightmare since the floor joists usually cross the shortest span wall to wall. Fortunately we have a couple of dropped ceiling spaces for AC ductwork and the electric going in to the laundry room.
We did a good job of keeping out of everyone’s way and let them do their work. The whole job took about 6 hours, most of it was trying to actually fish for openings so that there would be as few holes as possible in the ceiling. And then moving circuits around so there was room in the panel for a new 40 amp breaker. There was a team of four guys and two trucks. Maybe a little over kill, but when they finished early afternoon I was very happy that it was all completed in one day, and everyone on the team was super nice.
So here’s where I give a little plug for Have Power, if you’re in the greater Washington DC area and you need an EV Charging unit installed, you couldn’t ask for a nice group of people to do the work – on time, professional, careful, amazing job. Next morning I got an email from their office team with the available dates to get the inspector in. Almost as painless an experience as can possibly be had with contractors.
So far so good. I guess the real test is when we plug the car in and hopefully nothing explodes or catches on fire.
More photos on our Flickr EV Charging Album