Typically, the next step is to find the vehicle’s fuse box. For the Tesla Model S, the fuse box is located at the front trunk of the car. However, we were unable to locate an ACC fuse in this fusebox, therefore we had to splice into existing wiring going through the vehicle. This is not too uncommon for Tesla vehicles, as they are always active and powered, the majority of wiring is constantly on. For this install, we spliced into wiring located on the passenger side of the vehicle, tucked in the footwell, behind some of the panelling.
Starting from the camera, we wired across from the passenger’s side of the windshield, through the headliner, to the side A-pillar. From here, it’s just a matter of tucking in wires behind any panels and header of the vehicle. Here, we used the pry tool or a flathead screwdriver to remove the plastic trim pieces along the A-pillar.
When it comes to hardwiring into an EV, it’s important to make sure that you are wiring to the 12-volt accessory battery instead of the main battery. Some EVs will also place their accessory fuse boxes in difficult locations, like the Model S.
The good news is modern hardwire kits like the BlackVue DR770X’s have built-in voltage monitoring. Through the built-in voltage monitoring, the dash cam constantly monitors the voltage level of the accessory battery. If the voltage drops too low, the dash cam will automatically turn itself off to prevent complete drainage of the vehicle's battery.
BlackVue’s hardwire kit requires a ground connection, and an ACC connection. The ground is simple enough, and finding an unpainted bolt will do, but finding a proper ACC connection is a bit more challenging. We weren’t able to find a proper ACC fuse in the vehicle, so we did end up splicing into existing wiring. Do consult your user manual to find which one is right for you, and also, make sure the fuse tap you’re adding is equal to or higher than the existing fuse you’ve chosen.
We also advise you not to use any of the fuse slots used by any of your vehicle's critical components, such as the airbags and engine modules, for safety. Moreover, you can use a Voltmeter to test these fuses, but feel free to use a Circuit tester which is included in our essential installation package.