With the rising cost of gasoline, many people are turning to electric cars for their transportation. Not only can you save on fuel costs, but these electric vehicles are also better for the environment. Tesla is leading the way when it comes to electric vehicles, and they are the most common EV’s on the road. Instead of stopping at the fuel pumps, you must recharge the batteries in your Tesla between trips. So, how long does it take to charge your Tesla? It depends on your model as well as the kind of charger you are using. We will dive into the details here to discuss how long it takes to get a full charge and how many miles of range you can expect from that charge.
How Long Does It Take To Charge A Tesla?
It can take anywhere from 1 to 36 hours to charge your batteries depending on your Tesla model and the type of charger that you are using. In some rare cases, it could take up to 3 to 4 days to fully charge a dead battery using the slowest charging method. Charging tends to be the quickest when the battery is between 20% to 80% charged. When the battery reaches 80% charge, then it must work even harder to charge from 80% to 100%. While the charging time to get from 20% to 80% might be 2 hours, the charging speed to go from 80% to 100% is greatly reduced. It might take another 4 hours to finish charging the final 20% of the battery capacity.
Whether you are using a home charger or you are supercharging has a huge effect on how long it will take to fully charge your car’s battery. Your Tesla charge time with a supercharger is much lower because the battery charge rate is so much higher. When taking road trips, you will need to account for these charging times and be aware of nearby charging stations. So, how long does it take to charge a Tesla Model 3? What about a Model X? Take a look at the chart below to view charging times based on your model and type of charger.
Tesla Charging Details
|Year & Model||Range||Charge Time (110V)||Charge Time (220V)||Charge Time (440V)|
|2021 Model S||396 Miles||97 Hours||12 Hours||1 Hour 20 Minutes|
|2021 Model Y||326 Miles||85 Hours||10 Hours||1 Hour|
|2021 Model X||340 Miles||89 Hours||12 Hours||1 Hour|
|2021 Model 3||353 Miles||90 Hours||~9 Hours||1 Hour|
Charging Your Tesla At Home
Home charging is likely the charging option that many people will prefer. After all, your car is going to spend a lot of time at home. So, what are your charging options while your car is parked at home in the garage? We will tell you everything you need to know about EV charging at your home. Remember that some EV chargers might require an electrician to install a new circuit at your home, and we will highlight that fact when necessary.
Tesla Mobile Connector
This charging option is included as standard equipment with all new Tesla purchases. While you can use this option at home, it is recommended for emergency charging while away from home. This is the easiest charger to use because it includes a plug in adapter for your basic home electrical outlet (NEMA 5-15). This is the typical 120-volt outlet already in your home, so this should not require any electrical work. However, you should be aware that the charging rate will be extremely slow using a standard wall outlet. In fact, it is the slowest option out there. You will only see 2 miles of range for each hour of charge time for the Model X and only 3 miles of range for each hour of charge time for the Model S and Model 3.
If you prefer to speed things up a bit, you could have an electrician install a 240 volt NEMA 14-50 plug in your garage. You can purchase an optional adapter for the Mobile connector to use this type of plug. With this setup, you can get 20 – 30 miles of range per hour charged depending on your Tesla model.
Tesla Wall Connector
For the fastest home charging option, you will need to install a wall connector. The charging speed will depend on the size of the circuit breaker that you install. You should match the circuit breaker size to the onboard charging capabilities of your specific Tesla vehicle. The wall connector supports charging on the Tesla Model 3, Model X, Model S, and Model Y. With a 60 amp circuit breaker, you can expect to get up to 42 miles per hour of charge time on the Model Y. You can even charge at a rate of 30 miles per hour of charge time with the Tesla Model X on a 60 amp circuit breaker.
Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger
This is one of the most popular non-Tesla chargers on the market. This charger is very adaptable because it can draw anywhere from 16 to 40 amps depending on the size of the circuit breaker that you have installed. It only requires plug-in installation once you have the proper plug at your home, so there is no hardwiring required with this charger. It can provide up to a 10 KWH battery charge, so your batteries will be charged quickly even at home.
JuiceBox 32 Smart EV Charging Station
The JuiceBox is another popular home charging option because it can charge your Tesla quickly. It provides a powerful 32 amps, so you can get a long range charge in just a couple of hours. This charger is built to last both indoors and outdoors, so you do not even need to install this inside of a garage. In addition, it has built-in WiFi capability, so you can manage your charging right from your phone.
Charging Your Tesla At A Supercharging Station
Tesla has continued to build out their supercharger network, and this is usually a great option for charging. The Tesla supercharger offers extremely fast charging, and you can get a battery fill up from empty in about an hour. The Tesla supercharger time is what most people love about this charging option. People often plan trips based on the layout of the charging network so that they can always have access to a supercharger along the way when they need it. If you need to go a long distance and do not have much time to charge, then a supercharger station is the way to go.
Tesla has more than 12,000 of these superchargers across North America, Europe, and Asia. These chargers are capable of a charging rate of up to 250kW. They can charge your Tesla at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour. These superchargers are often found at public charging stations, and your Tesla car can actually point you to the nearest location on long trips. This might be a gas station, restaurant, or some other location in the town where you are located.
The Bottom Line
When it comes time to charge your Tesla battery, there are many options available out there. The lithium-ion battery in your Tesla has quite a long battery life, so you should be relying on these charging systems for years to come. While you can charge your vehicle by simply plugging in the proper adapter to a regular wall outlet at home, it might take a couple of days for you to get a decent charge using this method. However, if you pull up to a supercharger station, then you can recharge your battery from empty in about an hour. These superchargers are very powerful and charge very quickly. Whichever charging option you use, make sure that you follow your vehicle’s charging procedures to avoid any damage to your vehicle.
How many miles can a Tesla travel on a single charge?
Most Tesla vehicles can travel over 300 miles on a single charge. For example, a 2021 Tesla Model X can travel an estimated 340 miles on a single charge. The Model 3 can travel roughly 353 miles, the Model Y can go 326 miles, and the Model S can travel a whopping 396 miles on a charge. This means that you will have plenty of charging options along the way!
How much does a Tesla battery cost?
Replacing a Tesla battery is not cheap. The cost will generally range anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on the specific model that you own. However, you should know that these replacements should not happen often. These batteries are designed to last over 300,000 miles, so you should not have to worry about replacing your battery for quite some time.
How long does it take to charge a Tesla from a standard outlet?
Charging from a standard outlet is quite slow. On a standard 15 amp outlet, it can take 3 to 4 days to fully charge your Tesla. Most people choose to install a 240-volt outlet at their home for faster charging. With an upgraded charger, you can charge your Tesla in approximately 6-8 hours at your home.
Should I leave my Tesla plugged in while I am on a road trip?
It is impossible to leave your Tesla plugged in while you are traveling. However, if you are concerned about access to a charger, then you can choose to charge your Tesla each time you stop. The car’s charging system will generally not allow the batteries to be damaged by frequent charges, so you can go ahead and plug it in each time a charger is available on your trip.
What if I run out of range and can't make it to a nearby charging station?
Most Tesla vehicles have a small buffer that allows you to drive them an additional 10 to 20 miles after the display informs you that you have zero miles left. However, you should not rely on this buffer. If your battery dies before you can make it to a charging station, then you will need to call a tow truck. The car will be unable to drive once the battery is dead. Don’t worry – the car will give you plenty of warning before the battery dies! If you choose to ignore this warning, then you might find yourself on the side of the road waiting for that tow truck to arrive. If you find yourself in this situation often, then you might just decide to sell your car to Auto Wranglers. We buy cars all across the country (even electric ones), and we will make you a cash offer on yours too!