How long does it take to charge a Tesla?
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Tesla offers some of the most popular electric vehicles on the market. One of the most important things people want to know before they purchase a Tesla, or any electric vehicle in general is, how long does it take to charge?
It can take anywhere from one hour to seven days to fully charge a Tesla.
How long it takes for your Tesla to charge depends on which model you own, what type of charger you use, and how much charge is left on your battery when it begins charging.
Currently, Tesla offers four vehicle models:
We’re going to take a look at how long it’ll take a Tesla to charge, depending on the model and which charger you use.
Tesla has their own network of public vehicle chargers known as Superchargers. These 480-volt vehicle charging stations are designed to charge Teslas with incredible speed.
Superchargers recharge at different rates for each of the Tesla models:
|Tesla model||Miles of range per 15 minutes of Supercharging|
|Model 3||175 miles|
|Model S||163 miles|
|Model X||142 miles|
|Model Y||158 miles|
Tesla’s Supercharger network consists of 1,870 charging stations and a total of 16,585 individual Superchargers. Image source: Tesla
Superchargers can recharge a vehicle’s battery up to 80% in just about 40 minutes. After the battery reaches 80%, it will begin to charge slower to protect the battery’s health until it reaches a full charge.
Superchargers have an incredibly fast charging speed, but they can put a lot of stress on the car’s battery. So, using an at-home charger is best for everyday recharging. There are a few different options for charging your Tesla at home.
The most popular home charging options for Teslas are:
Every Tesla comes with a NEMA 5-15 charger, which can be plugged into any standard 120-volt outlet. These are the standard household outlets, like the ones that you plug your phone or laptop into.
A NEMA 5-15 charger will add about 3 miles of range per hour of charging. This is the slowest way to charge your Tesla, making it best-suited for overnight charging.
Depending on which model and version of Tesla you own, it can take anywhere from four to eight days to charge your empty Tesla battery to 100%.
You can purchase charging adapters so you can charge your Tesla by using some other types of outlets you may have in your home. Besides the standard 120-volt outlet, many homes will have 240-volt outlets. These are usually used to power washing machines and clothing dryers.
Tesla’s NEMA 14-50 adapter will charge your Tesla much faster than the NEMA 5-15 charger, as it is using a more powerful outlet.
Depending on which model and version of Tesla you own, it can take between nine and 22 hours to fully charge your empty car battery.
Tesla also offers the option to install a charging unit in your home, which is called a Wall Connector. Wall Connectors are the fastest way to charge your Tesla in your home. Your Tesla will receive a maximum of 44 miles of range per hour of charge using a Wall Connector.
It’s important to note that Wall Connectors cost more than the charging adaptors. A Wall Connector costs $500 to install and it must be installed by a Tesla-qualified electrician.
Tesla recommends Wall Connectors as the best way to charge your vehicle.
The speed at which a Wall Connector will charge your Tesla depends on the circuit breaker it is connected to. Tesla recommends installing Wall Connector to a 60 amp circuit breaker. Image source: Tesla
Your Tesla will take anywhere between six and 15 hours to fully charge with a Wall Connector.
The Model 3 is Tesla’s highest-selling vehicle.
There are three different versions of the Model 3 currently on the market:
Tesla's Model 3 can charge faster than any other Tesla because of its battery's small range. Image source: Tesla
The Model 3 Standard Range Plus has a battery range of 263 miles. The Model 3 Performance and Model 3 Long Range both have a range of 322 miles.
The following table represents how long it will take to charge each version of the Model 3 using various charging options, assuming the vehicle’s battery is completely empty:
|At-home charging option||Model 3 Standard Range Plus charge time||Model 3 Performance charge time||Model 3 Long Range charge time|
|NEMA 5-15||3.6 days||4.4 days||4.9 days|
|NEMA 14-50||8.8 hours||10.5 hours||11.8 hours|
|Wall Connector||8.8 hours||7.2 hours||8.02 hours|
Being that the average American’s commute is only 30 miles roundtrip, recharging your Tesla Model 3 after a long day of work will take 10 hours using a NEMA 5-15 charger, one hour to recharge using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and only about 40 minutes using a Wall Connector.
The Tesla Model S has the longest range of any electric vehicle on the market.
It comes in three different versions:
Each version of the Model S has a range of over 300 miles, with the Model S Performance coming in at 387 miles of range and the Model S Long Range at 402 miles of range. The Tri-Motor All Wheel Drive Plaid Model S has over 520 miles of range!
Tesla’s Model S can charge quickly at home by using a Wall Connector like the one shown here. Image source: Tesla
The following table represents the charge time for the three versions of the Model S using different charging options, assuming the vehicle’s battery is completely empty:
|At-home charging option||Model S Performance charge time||Model S Long Range charge time||Model S Plaid charge time|
|NEMA 5-15||5.37 days||5.58 days||6.97 days|
|NEMA 14-50||16.82 hours||17.47 hours||21.82 hours|
|Wall Connector||11.38 hours||11.82 hours||14.76 hours|
To charge your Tesla Model S after a commute of 30 miles, it would take about 10 hours using a NEMA 5-15 charger, approximately 1.5 hours using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and less than one hour using a Wall Connector.
Tesla’s SUV model, the Model X, is offered in two versions:
The Performance version has a range of 341 miles with the Long Range coming in at a whopping 371 miles. This is the highest range for any electric SUV on the market.
Tesla's Model X will take over 15 hours to charge using a NEMA 14-50 charger like the one shown here. Image source: Tesla
The following table represents the charge time for both versions of the Model X using different charging options. This assumes the vehicle’s battery is completely empty:
|At-home charging option||Model X Performance charge time||Model X Long Range charge time|
|NEMA 5-15||7.10 days||7.7 days|
|NEMA 14-50||17.1 hours||18.6 hours|
|Wall Connector||11.4 hours||12.4 hours|
In order to charge your Tesla Model X after a commute of 30 miles, it would take about 15 hours using a NEMA 5-15 charger, approximately 1.5 hours using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and only an hour using a Wall Connector.
The Model Y is Tesla’s newest vehicle. The compact SUV comes at a cheaper price than the Model X, while still having great range. There are three different versions of the Model Y:
The Tesla Model Y can charge completely in as little as 5.8 hours using a Wall Connector. Image source: Autocar
The Standard Range Model Y has a range of 244 miles. The other two Model Y versions have ranges of over 300 miles, with the Long Range holding 326 miles and the Performance with 303 miles.
The following table represents the charge times for the different Model Y versions using different charging options.
However, Tesla’s website doesn’t list exactly how fast the Model Y will charge using a NEMA 5-15 or NEMA 14-50 charger, so we will be using the Model X charge rates just to get a general idea of how long it will take to charge the Model Y with a mobile connector. The table also assumes the vehicle’s battery is completely empty:
|At-home charging option||Model Y Standard Range charge time||Model Y Long Range charge time||Model Y Performance charge time|
|NEMA 5-15||5.1 days||6.8 days||6.3 days|
|NEMA 14-50||12.2 hours||16.3 hours||15.2 hours|
|Wall Connector||5.8 hours||7.8 hours||7.2 hours|
If you were to charge a Model Y after a 30-mile commute, it would take about 15 hours using a NEMA 5-15 charger, approximately 1.5 hours using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and about 45 minutes using a Wall Connector.
No matter which charger you decide to use, it will never take more than eight days to fully charge your car. However, since very few people will deplete their Tesla’s battery down to zero, it’s unlikely you will ever use all eight days charging your car.
For most people, it will take anywhere between one and 12 hours to charge their Tesla, depending on the charger they use and how much their battery is already charged.
Although it may take a little more time than filling up at the gas pump, it’s cheaper to charge an electric vehicle than it is to purchase gas in all 50 states. This means that even though Teslas can have a high upfront cost, they will save you money in the long run. Charging your Tesla will cost you even less if you have solar panels on your home.
An overnight charge will almost always get your Tesla right where you want it to be and you can rest assured knowing that the next morning, your Tesla will get you to wherever you want to go.
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