Tesla Model S Charger Guide
The complete guide to charging your Tesla Model S, covering charging times, costs and 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 Model S 60 (60kWh)||Tesla Model S 75 (75kWh)||Tesla Model S 90D (90kWh)|
|210 miles||249 miles||294 miles|
- 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.
|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.
- 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.
|Daily Commute (miles)||20||60||120|
|Total Daily Cost||£0.60||£1.20||£2.00|
Read more about the cost of charging an electric car.
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.
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.
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.