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Still a few months from delivery. Wondering what is the process of installing the Charge Station Pro Charger. Do I get it with the car? Can I use my electrician that installed my Tesla Charger to do the same? he only charged like $400 for installation before. Why spend more with Ford recommended installer. My car will be parked right next to my electrical box. Charging port will be within 6 feet from the electrical box
They won't ship it to you until you have completed the sale. You can buy one from Ford/Ebay ahead of time, and then sell yours when it shows up if you want to deal with all of that. Your electrician can certainly install this, the big challenge is that this is an 80 Amp charger, requiring a 100 Amp breaker, you may or may not be able to support this in your current panel, but your electrician will be able to tell you. You can always install with a lower capacity breaker and de-rate the charge station pro. You can also just get a Tesla Tap and use your Tesla Charger and not worry about any of it.

Unless you are driving 150 plus miles/day, you will rarely need the full 80 amp charger, and would be just fine with significantly less.
 
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They won't ship it to you until you have completed the sale. You can buy one from Ford/Ebay ahead of time, and then sell yours when it shows up if you want to deal with all of that. Your electrician can certainly install this, the big challenge is that this is an 80 Amp charger, requiring a 100 Amp breaker, you may or may not be able to support this in your current panel, but your electrician will be able to tell you. You can always install with a lower capacity breaker and de-rate the charge station pro. You can also just get a Tesla Tap and use your Tesla Charger and not worry about any of it.

Unless you are driving 150 plus miles/day, you will rarely need the full 80 amp charger, and would be just fine with significantly less.
Thank you for the detail reply. My electrician is capable and will do whatever is recommended. Is getting a Tesla Adapter worth it. I might get it anyways. Will it charge well enough overnight. I do not drive more than 150 miles a day.
Any recommendations on Tesla Adapter?
 

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Thank you for the detail reply. My electrician is capable and will do whatever is recommended. Is getting a Tesla Adapter worth it. I might get it anyways. Will it charge well enough overnight. I do not drive more than 150 miles a day.
Any recommendations on Tesla Adapter?
Get a tesla tap 80 amp adapter (assuming you are an ER battery). This will also allow you to charge on tesla destination level 2 chargers, even those that are 80 amps. Here is the one I bought:

 

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I have one but am not using one personally, I believe others are. The TeslaTap Mini or Mini Lightning version seems to be pretty popular. Depending on how long you have it parked overnight, and the size of your Tesla charger, you should be fine.
You typically don't want to let your battery get below 15-20% or so if you can avoid it, obviously you may have times where you have to. You also typically won't want to charge much over 90% unless you are going on a longer trip.
This leaves you with 70% capacity to potentially charge on a regular basis, or 90 kWh on an ER or 70 kWh on an SR.

If you have the 80 Amp 240 Volt Charge station pro, (19.2kW), this is ~5 hours on ER and ~4 hours for SR.

If you had a 40 Amp 240 Volt charger (9.6 kW) this is ~9.5 hours for ER or ~7.5 for SR.

Most folks are getting around 1.5 miles/kWh or better in the winter, which would be 135 miles on ER or 105 miles on SR.

So if you have an ER and drive 135 miles a day, and can plug in for at least 10 hours each night, the 40 amp would do just fine.

Tesla Tap:

Note they also have a "Lightning Specific" one. I'd get the 80 amp/20 kW in any event, as you can also then use it on Tesla destination chargers (not superchargers).
 
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So if you have an ER and drive 135 miles a day, and can plug in for at least 10 hours each night, the 40 amp would do just fine.

Tesla Tap:

Note they also have a "Lightning Specific" one. I'd get the 80 amp/20 kW in any event, as you can also then use it on Tesla destination chargers (not superchargers).
This is 100% true, but there are Tesla destination chargers out there that are 80 amps. I think it makes sense to spend a little more, and get the 80 amp mini you pointed out, or the one I linked.

(For folks who don't know, you can't have a 80 amp charger, then use a 40 amp adapter......could melt it; cause a fire since an ER lightning will call for 80 amps.)
 

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Still a few months from delivery. Wondering what is the process of installing the Charge Station Pro Charger. Do I get it with the car? Can I use my electrician that installed my Tesla Charger to do the same? he only charged like $400 for installation before. Why spend more with Ford recommended installer. My car will be parked right next to my electrical box. Charging port will be within 6 feet from the electrical box
It gets shipped to you a few weeks later. You can have anyone install it
 

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Interesting.. Makes me wonder if it is even worth installing charge Station Pro when there is an adapter available for $300. Save me installation cost I have a home generator, so I do not need that aspect of install either.
I'd get the adapter either way, for the above mentioned destination charger benefits. Charge station probably won't show up for a month anyway, you'd have a few weeks to see how that set-up worked out for you, and then decide.
 

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I got an email from Ford saying it's my turn to order. Kinda surprised since I made my reservation in November 2021 (just a few weeks before books closed), and since I'd imagine there are still tons more people in line ahead of me.

And if anyone else got the invite today, are you planning on placing an order, or waiting until prices (hopefully) start coming down? View attachment 5836
I made my reservation in May of 2021, and have not received an email to make an order. I did get an email saying "early summer." With that being said, I just may wait for prices to come down, like Tesla, or wait for the battery miles to match or exceed the Chevy truck.
 

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I made my reservation in May of 2021, and have not received an email to make an order. I did get an email saying "early summer." With that being said, I just may wait for prices to come down, like Tesla, or wait for the battery miles to match or exceed the Chevy truck.
Yeah, I'm with you on waiting. I just picked up a 2014 FX4 for a great price 7 months ago, and I'd have a hard time justifying trading that in for a Lightning considering how much more I'd end up paying. Plus, it's encouraging to see Lightnings selling at MSRP, and manufacturer and dealer incentives returning on other new car sales again. Just gonna give it some time.
 

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When you place an order what is the additional deposit required and is it refundable? My dealer is saying no but thought I had read somewhere that it was
When I placed my order the Ford website required a $1,000 deposit to place the order. However, it came off the price of the truck during the purchase. Actually, that thousand and the hundred-dollar reservation I put down. There was a bit of confusion on that with the dealer at first, but when you order there is a summary of charges and what you have built on the Ford site and I showed that to the dealer and they removed it from the price of the truck.
 

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Still a few months from delivery. Wondering what is the process of installing the Charge Station Pro Charger. Do I get it with the car? Can I use my electrician that installed my Tesla Charger to do the same? he only charged like $400 for installation before. Why spend more with Ford recommended installer. My car will be parked right next to my electrical box. Charging port will be within 6 feet from the electrical box
Lots of threads on this topic. Please use the search feature on the site for details. Short answer is the charger should come s as few weeks after delivery of the truck and you can use the same electrician. However you’ll want a100a circuit to take full advantage of that charger and your electrician can do the job. Its another matter If you want to install the Home Integration System.
 
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