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Tesla in NI

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I'm keen to buy a Tesla in the next few months, probably second hand. I've been trying to find out the pros and cons living here in NI but cant find out much online.  Things like servicing,charge points etc. Is there anyone who owns a Tesla or has made enquiries about one?  Keen to hear from someone with knowledge
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  • RikMRikM Forumite
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    I take it you're aware of the general problem of plugin cars in NI - little charging availability away from home?
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    RikM said:
    I take it you're aware of the general problem of plugin cars in NI - little charging availability away from home?
    Yes, thats one of the main problems to be honest, especially Tesla who I believe dont use standard charging points. Since posting this other other day I came on a report in Belfast Tele about Tesla opening a service centre in Belfast.  So maybe they are spreading out a little 
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    RikMRikM Forumite
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    edited 28 June at 2:07PM
    CEON44 said:
    RikM said:
    I take it you're aware of the general problem of plugin cars in NI - little charging availability away from home?
    Yes, thats one of the main problems to be honest, especially Tesla who I believe dont use standard charging points. Since posting this other other day I came on a report in Belfast Tele about Tesla opening a service centre in Belfast.  So maybe they are spreading out a little 
    From what I recall, the Tesla connector works with most charging points just fine. I've seen Teslas plugged into the ones I use, certainly. It's kind of a hybrid thing - you can get a slow charge off a normal EV charger, but to get a fast charge you need a dedicated Tesla one. 
    My Mitsubishi has two connections, the normal one and a rapid one. The Tesla has a single connector, with an extended bit for fast charging.
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    Tesla lists a number of "Destination" charging points in NI, but it's not obvious on the list (I searched for BT post codes):
    https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/findus/list/chargers/United+Kingdom
    There's apparently a "Supercharger" coming to Lisburn in 2020, but they're listing that under "Ireland" at the moment...
  • CEON44CEON44 Forumite
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    Thanks for that link. Very comprehensive review
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    If you want to see one in the flesh, go down to the Tesla centre in Dundrum, below Dublin. If you want to buy, most people go to Ediburgh to pick up, so everything is in £.
    Charging. Model 3s come with CCS charging for rapid charging. That gives you about 8 chargers in NI. But Tesla's standard plug looks like a Type 2 plug, this is what our AC 'destination' chargers have, and there are over 100 of these. Find one that works! You should really be planning to have a home charger.
    No Tesla superchargers in NI yet (they're at both Applegreens on the way down to Dublin) and the upcoming Tesla centre on the Boucher Road is a just-submitted planning application, I wouldn't be holding off waiting for that to be open!
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    You can get a grant for up to £350 towards chargepoint installation from OLEV (Office for Low Emmission Vehicles).
    There are a number of conditions on this, including having an eligible vehicle and installing an eligible charge point, and you must use an OLEV Authorised Installer such as my company.
    Full details on the OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) sites.
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    Risteard said:
    You can get a grant for up to £350 towards chargepoint installation from OLEV (Office for Low Emmission Vehicles).
    There are a number of conditions on this, including having an eligible vehicle and installing an eligible charge point, and you must use an OLEV Authorised Installer such as my company.
    Full details on the OLEV Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) sites.
    Will keep you in mind when the time comes. Thanks
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    RikM said:
    From what I recall, the Tesla connector works with most charging points just fine.

    All cars sold within Europe by law must now have a Type 2 connector, so there is no issue with this.
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  • RikMRikM Forumite
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    Risteard said:
    RikM said:
    From what I recall, the Tesla connector works with most charging points just fine.

    All cars sold within Europe by law must now have a Type 2 connector, so there is no issue with this.
    Do you have that backward? There was a rule change which requires public charge points to support type 2 (and CCS for rapid). Tesla's network is not considered "public", though, so doesn't have to do that...
    And Mitsubishi (for one) still supplies cars with type 1 and ChaDemo.
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