Apartment ev charging billing without dedicated meter

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My apartment complex is willing to rent out a parking spot with a charging outlet to individuals on a monthly basis. However, I've been told that they have no way of tracking its electricity on its own; it shares a meter with other appliances. Since there are 2 spots right next to each other (each with their own charging plug) , both spots may even be on the same meter as well. Both chargers are already installed and simply have lights showing whether the charger is ready to charge or already charging, with no information about the energy usage.

What is the best way to track the usage for my Tesla Model 3, other than using the odometer?
 

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Is there a reason you're concerned about the usage? If they didn't install a charger that can be tracked it seems they're not concerned about the power usage yet. To really track it you'd need a charger that is capable of it like the JuiceBox or even something like a ChargePoint that bills you hourly (perhaps the hourly cost of power down to the cent?).
 

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Some people use one of their Trip A or Trip B meter and reset it monthly to track energy usage.

Of course technically this does not include efficiency losses from the charger to the battery but should be close enough for your purpose.
 

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Yea, why do you care?
It will generally hard to track, as you will periodically use other chargers.

If you have to pay your Usage. Just use total miles times average consumption, or maybe just a flat rate, like $50.

But if you don't have to pay, just enjoy the car and don't worry about it.
 

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Question makes no sense, why do you care? Its a flat fee, right?

Here's a question, why have you bought a Tesla and are living in an apartment complex?
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

The apartment complex seems extremely uneducated about the whole thing and we're still negotiating how the spot will be billed. They're still not sure how they're going to bill it, flat or by usage. Since I don't drive much, it'd be beneficial to me if it was by usage. They've made it seem like they don't want to lost money on it, but they should've had a separate meter installed if that's the case.

Teslafi sounds good, I'll try to negotiate the $5 monthly fee out of the cost of charging.
 

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As MelindaV said, definitely look at TeslaFi. It will provide data on everything you will need to know, and more. Charge data is by charge location so you can segregate your apartment charging from other charging.