Tesla Model S Charger Guide

The complete guide to charging your Tesla Model S, covering charging times, costs and range.

Tesla Model S Range

The Tesla Model S range is one of the best of any electric vehicle available today, travelling up to 294 miles on a single charge. This range depends on the model chosen, driving conditions and speed, but optimal ranges can be seen below (based on EPA data):

Tesla Range by Model:
Tesla Model S 60 (60kWh) Tesla Model S 75 (75kWh) Tesla Model S 90D (90kWh)
210 miles 249 miles 294 miles

Tesla Model S Charge Time

  • Charging your Tesla Model S at home with a 3 pin plug takes between 20 - 30 hours.
  • Charging a Tesla Model S with a home charging point can take as little as 3 hours.
  • The Model S is available in three battery sizes and compatible with four charging speeds.
Tesla Charge Time by Model:
Model S 60 (60kWh) Model S 75 (75kWh) Model S 90D (90kWh)
3.7kW charging point 16-17 hours 20-21 hours 24-25 hours
7kW charging point 8-9 hours 10-11 hours 12-13 hours
11kW charging point* 5-6 hours 6-7 hours 8-9 hours
22kW charging point* 2-3 hours 3-4 hours 4-5 hours

*requires three phase power supply

Read more about how long it takes to charge an electric car.

Tesla Model S Charging Cost

  • Charging a Tesla at home costs as little as 3p per mile.
  • Overnight electricity costs are calculated at 10p per kWh.
  • Therefore, charging at home from empty costs between £6.00 (for 60kWh battery) to £9.00 (for 90kWh battery).
  • Tesla drivers can charge for free on Tesla's Supercharger Stations.

More specifically, the cost of charging a Tesla also depends on the sort of driving you do:

  • The city driver who charges overnight at home and covers only 20 miles per day.
  • The mixed driver who commutes a short distance to work but also uses their Tesla for trips in the evening.
  • The super commuter who covers 120 miles each day, charging at work (which costs a small fee) but also taking advantage of a Supercharger on their way home.
Cost to Charge Tesla (Driving Scenarios):
City Mixed Commute
Daily Commute (miles) 20 60 120
Home Charging £0.60 £1.20 N/A
Work Charging N/A £0.00 £2.00
Supercharger N/A N/A £0.00
Total Daily Cost £0.60 £1.20 £2.00

Read more about the cost of charging an electric car.

Tesla Model S Charger - POD Point

How to charge a Tesla Model S

Charging a Tesla Model S can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply. However, most electric vehicle drivers charge their Tesla at home with a dedicated charging point.

  • Home charging stations is where the majority of charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in and charged overnight.
  • Public charging at supermarkets and retail parks for example are available across the UK and typically free during your stay.
  • Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, however employers may choose to charge usage fees to cover the cost of electricity.
  • Free Tesla Supercharger Stations can charge your battery to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes.

Tesla Model S connector type and charge rate

When deciding on which chargepoint to charge your Tesla Model S from, you need to know the connector type (Type 1 or Type 2 plug) and the maximum single-phase charge rate (3.7kW or 7kW).

  • The Tesla Model S uses a Type 2 connector.
  • The Model S uses a single-phase charge rate of up to 22kW.

Tesla Model S Charging Station Cost

Charging a Tesla at home is usually done with a home chargepoint which costs around £500 fully installed with the government OLEV grant.

  • 3.7 kW charging point typically costs around £400 installed (including OLEV grant).
  • 7 kW charging point typically costs around £500 installed (including OLEV grant).
  • 11 kW charging point typically costs around £1,250 installed.
  • 22 kW charging point typically costs around £1,500 installed.

Read more about charging points for Tesla.