How Long Does It Take To Charge A Tesla Model 3, S, X, and Y?

Deyan Georgiev
Deyan Georgiev

Updated · Aug 01, 2022

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Whether you’re a Tesla fanboy or simply interested in EV tech, you’ve come to the right place if considering how long does it take to charge a Tesla

The answer is not as simple as you might think, but we have taken a crack at breaking down everything you need to know.

How Long Does It Take To Charge A Tesla

Every Tesla comes with some basic charging options. When you buy a Tesla, you get a mobile charging cord and three adapters for: a standard wall outlet - NEMA 5-15, a higher-powered 240-volt wall outlet - the NEMA 14-50, and one for public charging stations for Tesla vehicles, with the exception of Tesla Superchargers.

Tesla battery charge time can take anywhere from one to 12 hours. Your Tesla recharge time is dependent on battery capacity, your car’s current battery charge and the type of charging station. 

Let’s take a closer look at some of these charging time variables. 

At Home Charging Stations vs. Superchargers

The two most common options for charging a Tesla at home are using the included Mobile Connector or installing the optional Tesla Wall Connector.

Tesla Mobile Connectors

The cheapest and easiest method of recharging your Tesla at home is with a Mobile Connector which comes standard with all new Tesla vehicles. Once the portable Mobile Connector is connected to your Tesla and plugged directly into any regular 240V AC power point, you should get around 10-15km range for every hour it charges.

Tesla Wall Connectors

Energy suppliers and electric car companies alike recommend home charging installations that supply 3 to 7kW charging power. Tesla similiarly suggests the installation of their optional Wall Connector. So how long to full charge a Tesla with this hardware?   

Using Tesla's wall-mounted AC power supply, a full charge usually takes around 6 to 10 hours, depending on your Tesla’s battery pack. This connector is optimal due to power level capabilities, compatibility with multiple voltages, and a maximum power output of 22kW. 

Home charging vs. using a Supercharger

The difference between home charging and a Tesla Supercharger is the type of power provided. Homes supply AC power, so Teslas contain a built-in converter to transform AC into battery stored DC power. 

Superchargers bypass the conversion process by sending DC energy directly. Because there is no energy conversion and it is grid power, the process is faster. 

Tesla Superchargers

A Tesla Supercharger is for rapid charging and offers breakneck speeds that allow batteries to be fully ready within an hour.  

Its network is pretty vast, with more than 2,500 hubs worldwide - 1,000 in North America alone. Tesla owns and operates this chain of stations, whereas third parties operate other charging networks. 

Each location comprises multiple charging points, meaning multiple cars can plug-in simultaneously. Currently, there are more than 23,000 worldwide.

Types of Tesla Superchargers

There are three kinds of Supercharging stations: V1, V2, and V3. 

V3 stations are the latest and most advanced, offering up to 250 kW charging speeds. The V1 and V2 iterations lag with slower 150 kW speeds.

The current rumor is that V3 Superchargers may get a near-future upgrade, potentially offering up to 324kW speeds.

Beyond the maximum tesla charging speed capacities available, there’s no significant difference between the station versions. Tesla thankfully offers a map that clarifies what speeds are available. 

How does a Tesla Supercharger work?

Tesla’s Superchargers are very simple to use. Just park next to one, plug in and wait for the cable to lock. It then begins delivering power, and the logo next to your charging port will turn green.

Because each car links directly to a Tesla account, there’s nothing else to do. Other public charging networks often require drivers to confirm their charge in separate apps.  

You’ll be able to see the progress of your Tesla Supercharge time on the car’s central display. It shows your recharge speed and range increase, battery capacity, and charging session cost.  This information is also visible in the Tesla app should you leave your vehicle unattended.

Take note that the actual Tesla charging speed fluctuates throughout the recharging session. This is greatly dependent on whether other cars are drawing on the shared power source. If three or more vehicles connect, don’t expect to receive 250 kW speeds.

Another factor affecting the Tesla full charge time is the slow-down when battery capacity rises. This is most noticeable after you hit 80%, at which point you’re often better off unplugging and driving off than waiting to reach 100%.

Keep in mind that lithium batteries prefer slow charging over fast and that regular rapid charging isn’t good. Supercharger use is best for long road trips, while you should use slower AC charging for your everyday needs.

Can non-Tesla cars use a Supercharger?

The short answer is no. Tesla Superchargers are built, maintained, and owned by Tesla itself, and currently, only Tesla vehicles can use them. However, Tesla recently announced that this would not be the case for long.

Charging Different Tesla Models

The average charge time for Tesla vehicles are 

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model Y

NEMA 5-15: 3 miles/hour

NEMA 14-50: 17 to 18 hours

Wall connector: 9 hours

Supercharger: 30 minutes

NEMA 5-15: 3 miles/hour

NEMA 14-50: 18 hours

Wall connector: 8 to 8 ½ hrs

Supercharger: 25 to 30 minutes

NEMA 5-15: 3 miles/hour

NEMA 14-50: 8 to 12 hours

Wall connector: 7 to 8 hours

Supercharger: 25 to 30 minutes

NEMA 5-15: 3 miles/hour

NEMA 14-50: 11 to 12 hrs

Wall connector: 7 to 8 hrs

Supercharger: 25 minutes

Tesla Car Battery Life

Tesla guarantees its batteries for eight years. Over time lithium-Ion batteries degrade, which results in capacity reduction. Although data varies, battery degradation is relatively slow, with an approximate 5% decline over the first 50,000 miles. As such, a Tesla vehicle’s miles per charge will diminish. For example, after 50,000 miles of driving, a long-range Model 3’s range will be 294 miles as opposed to 310 when new.

Remember that the degradation rate is not linear and tends to flatten as time passes. That means that a Model 3 extended-range owner could drive another 150,000 miles before he or she loses 10 percent of battery capacity.

Wrap Up 

Tesla offers a number of models and are among the most popular electric vehicles. To overcome range anxiety, charging stations that Tesla operates continue to expand. Along with these, a multitude of charging options welcome Tesla owners.

FAQ.


How much does it cost to charge a Tesla at a charging station?

If you’re not using a Tesla Supercharger, public chargers are also available. 

Rates for public charging installations vary from one company to the next. Some bill you per kWh, while others bill per minute, or per hour. At the time of writing, EV owners typically pay no more than $20.00 per vehicle charge.

How much does it cost to quickly charge a Tesla?

This depends on where you charge and the electricity rates. Rates vary widely. If you charge at a Supercharger, the cost is about $0.25 per KW for a Model S or Model X produced after January 2017. For pre January 2017 cars, it is free!

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

The cost to fully charge a Tesla varies by model. Here are estimated charging costs:

  • Model 3: $8.71 full charge
  • Model S: $16.56 full charge
  • Model X: $16.57 full charge
  • Model Y: $12.29 full charge

How long does it take to charge a Tesla from empty?

For a full charge, it can take anywhere from less than one hour to 12 hours – times vary by model and type of charger. Standard outlets are the slowest, providing about three miles of range per hour, while Superchargers are the fastest with 30 minute full charges. Somewhere in between are wall connectors, which take roughly eight to ten hours for full charges.

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Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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