Electric cars reduce emissions, and the charging process can be much more environmentally friendly than that of gas-powered cars. That said, it’s not necessarily as quick as filling up at the pump, and the time required depends on the car in question.
Tesla is known for its electric cars and boasts many great features. We have all been bombarded with information about Tesla’s new line-up of electric cars.
Their Model S, Model X, and Model 3 are some of the most high-tech, top-tier full electric vehicles on the market. With Tesla pushing the power output and range of its vehicles, it’s hard not to be curious about which one is best for you.
Types of Tesla Car Chargers
Tesla has a number of chargers available for its electric cars. The most popular are the Superchargers, which can charge a Tesla Model S up to 80% in 30 minutes. Here are the most popular charging options for Tesla.
NEMA 5-15 Charging for Tesla
NEMA 5-15 is the most popular Tesla car charging method. This type of charging allows you to use any standard electrical outlet, which can come in handy if you own an older home or apartment complex with few outlets available.
This type of charger provides up to 15 amps at 125 volts. It is one of the slowest chargers. The NEMA 5-15 charging cord is the standard for Tesla charging. It’s what you’ll find at most gas stations and convenience stores, as well as in your own home. The charging cord has a 3-prong plug that fits into any standard outlet.
NEMA 14-50 Charging for Tesla
The NEMA 14-50 is the most common charger for Tesla vehicles, and it’s also used by a wide variety of other electric vehicles. This charger supports all kinds of DC fast charging and is an internationally recognized standard.
It’s also great for long-distance travel because it can handle up to 50 amps of power per phase (which is more than twice as much as a traditional wall outlet can handle). Your car battery can be fully charged using a regular charger with a NEMA 14-50 plugin for ten hours (for the Tesla Model S) and 10-12 hours (for the Model X).
Tesla Wall Connectors
The wall connector is one of the most popular charging options because it requires no additional equipment or wiring — you plug it into any standard electrical outlet (whether you have one in your garage or not). This makes it easy to install at home, but it also means you’ll have to pay a premium price if you want to buy one.
The pros of this option include using an existing electrical outlet and not having to worry about installing any additional wiring or equipment. Your Tesla Model S or Model X battery may be fully charged with a wall connector in 6 to 9 hours or 6 1⁄2 to 10 hours, respectively.
Tesla Superchargers are the fastest way to charge your Tesla car. They are located at various locations across the country and can charge your car’s battery up to 200 miles in just 15 minutes. The downside is that most of them are only available for use when you’re on a trip.
The superchargers use bi-directional DC fast charging technology, providing up to 250 kW of power. A full charge from a Tesla Supercharger takes about 40 minutes.
How Long Does It Take To Charge A Tesla?
Tesla cars are some of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market. They are sleek, fast, and environmentally friendly. But how long does it take to charge a Tesla? And can you charge a Tesla at home?
The answer is yes! Charging your car at home will take a little longer than charging it at an electric vehicle (EV) charging station, but if you’re able to plug in your car overnight while you sleep, that’s perfect. With that in mind, here’s how long it takes to charge every Tesla model.
Tesla Model 3: 60 minutes – 4.9 days
Model 3 is one of Tesla’s best-selling vehicles. It has three versions: Model 3 Performance, Long Range, and Standard Range Plus. The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus battery can hold up to 263 miles of travel, depending on how much you drive it.
On the other hand, Model 3 Long Range and Performance can hold up to 322 miles. The time taken to charge each version varies depending on the charging options.
With a NEMA 5-15 charger, the Standard Range Plus takes 3.6 days and 8.8 hours on NEMA 14-50 and Wall Connector, respectively. Model 3 Performance takes 4.4 days on NEMA 5-15, 10.5 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 7.2 hours on Wall Connector.
The Long Range takes longer than the two on both NEMA 5-15 (4.9 days) and NEMA 14-50 (11.8 hours). On the Wall Connector, it takes 8.02 hours. Since the typical American commute is only a 30-mile roundtrip, using a NEMA 5-15 charger will take 10 hours, a NEMA 14-50 charger will take an hour, and a Wall Connector will take only approximately 40 minutes to recharge your Tesla Model 3 after a long day of work.
Tesla Model S: 60 minutes – 6.97 days
With one of the most advanced batteries in the world, Tesla’s Model S can go up to over 400 miles on a single charge. In fact, the Model S boasts the longest range in the EV market.
Like Model 3, there are three versions of Model S: Model S Performance, Long Range, and Plaid, with a range of 387, 402, and 520 miles, respectively. When using NEMA 5-15 charger, Models S Performance takes 5.37 days, while on NEMA 14-50 and Wall Connector, it takes 16.82 hours and 11.38 hours, respectively.
Model S Long Range takes 5.58 days on NEMA 5-15 charger, 17.47 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 11.82 hours on Wall Connector. Model S Plaid takes the longest charging time of all three chargers, 6.97 days on NEMA 5-15, 21.82 hours on Wall Connector, and 14.76 hours on Wall Connector.
After a 30-mile drive, it would take over 10 hours to charge your Tesla Model S using a NEMA 5-15 charger, roughly 1.5 hours using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and less than an hour using a Wall Connector.
Tesla Model X: 60 minutes – 7.10 days
The Tesla Model X is a great choice for those looking for an electric car to accommodate their families and friends. It comes in two versions, Performance and Long Range — with a range of 341 and 371 miles, respectively — making it the highest-range SUV in the EV market.
The vehicle’s large cargo space, high-tech features, and comfortable ride make it a popular choice among those who use it as a family vehicle. However, one of the biggest concerns when purchasing this type of car is how long it takes to charge.
The Performance version takes 7.10 days on NEMA 5-15, 17.1 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 11.4 hours on Wall Connector. Model X Long Range takes 7.7 days to charge on NEMA 5-15, 18.6 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 12.4 hours on Wall Connector.
After a 30-mile journey, it would take over 15 hours to charge your Tesla Model X using a NEMA 5-15 charger, roughly 1.5 hours using a NEMA 14-50 charger, and only an hour using a Wall Connector. But if you’ve got a long commute or need to drive somewhere far away, we’d still recommend going with the slower but more powerful charging method: the Tesla Wall Connector System.
Tesla Model Y: 40 minutes – 6.8 days
The Tesla Model Y is a compact crossover SUV. The car has a range of up to 326 miles, so you can drive between cities or the grocery store without worrying about recharging. Model Y has three versions that differ in range. Standard Range has a range of 244 miles, Long Range holds up to 326 miles, and Performance has 303 miles.
Assuming the battery is completely empty, Model Y Standard Range can take up to 5.1 days of charge time on NEMA 5-15, 12.2 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 5.8 hours on Wall Connector. Long Range and Performance versions take 6.8 days and 6.3 days on NEMA 5-15, 16.3 hours and 15.2 hours on NEMA 14-50, and 7.8 hours and 7.2 hours on Wall Connector.
After a 30-mile drive, charging a Model Y would take roughly 15 hours with a NEMA 5-15 charger, roughly 1.5 hours with a NEMA 14-50 charger, and roughly 45 minutes with a Wall Connector.
How Long Does A Tesla Car Battery Last?
The average battery life for a Tesla Model S is about 262 miles per charge. This means that you’ll be able to drive 262 miles when fully charged, and your battery will last up to about 262 miles before needing to be recharged. Model S battery lasts up to 405 miles on a full charge, making it the highest-range Tesla EV.
The average battery life for a Tesla car depends on a few things: the size of the battery pack, how many times you charge the car per week, and even what kind of driving you do with your car (whether it’s commuting or long-distance travel).
Thanks to high-quality, high-capacity lithium-ion batteries and Tesla’s intelligent, safe charging system, it takes just 20 minutes to charge a battery halfway between charges, whether it’s the 50 or 82-kWh battery. The Superchargers, of course, can add up to 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes — meaning that a battery can take on 400+ miles worth of energy in as little as half an hour.
Regardless of widely held beliefs about electric vehicles and how they function, Tesla has designed a fast charging system that offers convenience, reliability, and versatility to its ever-expanding network of Model 3, S, X, and Y cars.
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