The complete guide to charging your Tesla Model S, covering charging times, costs and range.
Charging your Tesla to full at home with a standard 3 pin plug can take anywhere between 20 and 30 hours, whereas using a dedicated home charging point takes as little as 3 hours. The Model S is currently available in three battery sizes and is compatible with four rates of charging point, both of which affect the charging time from empty to full. The table below shows the maximum charging rates for each combination.
|Model||60 (60kWh)||75 (75kWh)||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
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The cost of charging a Tesla in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but charging at home is the most cost-effective way to charge and many public charging points are free to use. Charging at home costs as little as 3p per mile, but some workplaces offer charging facilities and Tesla also provides a network of free Supercharger rapid charging points.
The cost of charging a Tesla depends on the sort of driving you do, and below are three cost breakdowns based on three typical drivers: the city driver who charges overnight at home and covers only 20 miles per day, the mixed driver who commutes a relatively short distance to work (where they can charge for free) but also uses their Tesla for chores in the evenings, and the super commuter who covers 120 miles each day, charging at work (which levies a small fee to cover the cost of power) but also taking advantage of a Supercharger on their way home.
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Charging your Tesla can be done anywhere with access to a reliable electrical supply, but the vast majority of charging takes place with dedicated electric vehicle charging points.
- Home charging points is where most electric car charging takes place, as your vehicle can be plugged in overnight for a full charge every morning.
- Destination charging points at places like supermarkets and car parks are available across the UK and are often free to use for the duration of your stay.
- Workplace charging points are becoming more common and are often offered as a staff incentive, but some employers may use time-related fees to encourage chargepoint sharing throughout the working day.
- Rapid charging points are designed to charge your car’s battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes and are usually found at motorway service stations.
The Tesla Model S has one of the best ranges 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):
|60 (60kWh)||75 (75kWh)||90D (90kWh)|
|210 miles||249 miles||294 miles|
Charging a Tesla at home is usually done through a dedicated home charging point, which comes with a one-off cost for purchase and installation. However, a government grant (known as OLEV) of £500 can be claimed to help towards this cost.
- 3.7kW charging point typically costs around £390 installed (including OLEV grant)
- 7kW charging point typically costs around £485 installed (including OLEV grant)
- 11kW charging point typically costs around £1350 installed
- 22kW charging point typically costs around £1650 installed
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