Charging times by Tesla model and charger type
(iSeeCars) – Rising gasoline prices and government tax credits for consumers of electric vehicles (EVs) have made Tesla — which accounts for nearly 70% of electric vehicles — a major player in the auto industry for over a decade.
Given their popularity and increasing accessibility, many consumers are curious about the charging options available for current models. Below, we explain what you need to know about how long it takes to charge each and every Tesla electric car, noting battery range, charging prices, and other variables involved in Tesla charging times.
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How you charge your Tesla and how long it takes depends on where you charge your car battery and what Tesla model you drive. According to the Department of Energy, home charging accounts for 81% of EV charging, another 14% at work and 5% at commercial charging stations.
- Level 2 wall connection: A Tesla Wall Connector gives your vehicle a range of 44 miles per charged hour, and you can expect a fully charged battery between 6 and 12 hours after plugging it in, depending on the model. You can buy a wall outlet for $400 and have a Tesla Certified Electrician install it for around $750 to $1,500.
- Mobile connections: Tesla also offers lower-cost home chargers through its mobile connectors and adapters that are compatible with standard 110-120 volt three-prong outlets. These only cost $200 and give your vehicle a range of 2 to 3 miles per hour of charging. Common loader models include the 120 volt NEMA 5-15 (15 amp circuit breaker) and the 240 volt NEMA 14-50 (50 amp circuit breaker). Although Tesla portable chargers offer the slowest battery charge, they are efficient and affordable charging options for those who regularly drive less than 40 miles per day.
- Tesla SuperCharger and Destination Charging Network: If you’re planning a road trip, make sure you pick one of the 35,000 Tesla SuperCharging stations open 24 hours a day. With a charging speed of 15 minutes for a range of 200 miles, SuperChargers are ideal for Tesla owners on the go. The Tesla SuperCharger Network includes many hotels, resorts, and high-density rural and urban hubs equipped with target chargers for Tesla drivers who want fast charging on the go. These public charging stations aren’t as fast as a SuperCharger, but still give your vehicle a range of up to 44 miles per hour charged.
- Third Party Fee Collection: Third-party charging stations can be found on Plugshare.com. Here you can use Tesla’s $250 CCS Combo 1 adapter to charge your vehicle. These public charging stations charge at the same speed as a Level 2 Wall Connector.
|Tesla charging times by model and charger type|
|SuperCharger||wall connection||NEMA 14-50 240V plug||NEMA 5-15 120V plug|
|model 3 272 miles range||25-30 minutes||7 to 8 hours||8 to 12 hours||3 to 4 days|
|Model Y 326 miles range||25 minutes||5 to 6 hours||12 hours||5 days|
|Model S405 miles range||30 minutes||11 to 12 hours||16 to 17 hours||5 to 6 days|
|Model X348 miles range||25 to 30 minutes||11 to 12 hours||17 hours||7 to 10 days|
The table above assumes your vehicle starts from a zero percent charge, but how long it takes your EV to charge depends on four key factors in addition to the charger used. The first and most obvious is how much your vehicle already has on charge. The second is the charge rate of your vehicle and the charge rate and power output of the source. The last is the temperature. Extremely cold or hot weather can cause your vehicle to charge more slowly and use up its charge more quickly. Experts do not recommend charging your EV to more than 80% as high voltages can accelerate battery degradation. A SuperCharging station charges standard Tesla batteries to 80% in about 15 minutes.
Tesla store: how much does it cost?
Although you can expect to charge an average long-haul Tesla vehicle for in between meals $9.62 and $18.30, this number is subject to change based on a variety of factors, including charge capacity, mileage, electricity tariffs, and charging method. Given that the average American drives 1,200 miles per month and the average US electricity cost is $0.144 per kWh, here are the estimated costs of fully charging various Tesla cars.
- Tesla model 3 comes with a 62.3 kWh battery and a range of 272 miles, and costs about $10.94 to fully charge at a commercial station, or $0.04 per mile.
- Tesla Model Y comes with a 75kWh battery and 326 miles of range. Expect to pay around $13.16 or $0.04 per mile for a full charge.
- The normal Tesla Model Swhich comes with a 100kWh battery and has a range of 405 miles, can be fully charged for $17.55, or $0.043 per mile.
- The Tesla Model X 100 kWh of battery capacity costs about $15.29 ($0.053 per mile) to fully charge and has a range of 348 miles.
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How long it takes to charge a Tesla depends heavily on the model and charging source. If you’re in the market for a Tesla, be sure to compare charging options, rates and costs by model and region. Wall outlets are useful for fast charging but can be expensive to purchase and install. Mobile plugs offer a significantly cheaper alternative, but require significantly more charging time. This makes them ideal for Tesla owners who don’t drive more than 40 miles a day. If you drive long distances and cross state lines, try to find a Tesla SuperCharging Station or third-party charging station on your route.
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