Electric Vehicle Guides

Tesla Model S: Vehicle Guide

If you’re lucky enough to own a Tesla (the ultimate manufacturer in electric car travel), then this guide will get you up to speed with everything you need to know.

Whether you’re a seasoned EV driver or this is your first venture into clean driving, owning a Tesla is more than admirable. The brand pretty much launched electric cars into the world and there’s no sign of them slowing down.

Charging times

The two types of chargers available from Auto Charge Point are as follows: 3.6kW and 7kW. Both vary in price and obviously, power. Read up on them in more detail here. Which charge point you have will ultimately affect the charging time of your Tesla Model S. There are also several batteries to choose from when buying your Model S – the bigger the battery, the longer it takes to charge! Batteries vary from 60kWh to 100kWh. However, we don’t currently have the stats for the 100kWh battery! The figures below detail a full, typical charge with various charging methods:

Standard 3-pin plug (wall socket)
  • 20-30 hours
3.7kW charging point
  • 60kWh battery 16-17 hours
  • 75kWh battery 20-21 hours
  • 90kWh battery 24-25 hours
7kW charging point
  • 60kWh battery 8-9 hours
  • 75kWh battery 10-11 hours
  • 90kWh battery 12-13 hours

Remember that the majority of people with home chargers tend to leave their cars charging overnight to guarantee a full charge by morning. This is definitely the method we recommend for your peace of mind.

Range

It’s important to know what kind of range you’ll be getting when you invest in an electric car. At the same time, you should also bear in mind that there are a number of factors that will affect your car’s base range. Driving fast down a motorway, cold weather and heavy traffic: all events that can play a part in reducing your range. However, as long as you consider these when planning your journey, you should be all set.

  • 60kwH battery approximately 200 miles
  • 75kWh battery approximately 240 miles
  • 90kWh battery up to 290 miles

Charging and running costs

  • Charging overnight 3p per mile
  • Overnight rate 10p per kWh
  • Charging from empty (at home) between £6 and £9 for full charge
  • Supercharger Stations free for Tesla drivers

Important information about charging a Tesla Model S

It’s always recommended that you charge your Tesla overnight at home for the most efficient charge. You’ll frequently find charging spots at public car parks and supermarkets across the UK, if you’re out and about! Make sure you also research where to find Tesla Supercharger Stations for a quick, free charge. Bear in mind that the Tesla Model S uses a Type 2 connector.