How Quickly Does the Tesla Model S' Battery Charge?

"How quickly does the Tesla Model S' battery charge?"

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The Model S offers a choice of lithium-ion battery packs, a standard 60 kilowatt-hour battery or a more expensive, more powerful 85-kwh unit. How long it takes to recharge a depleted battery depends on whether the Model S has one or two onboard chargers and the source of the electricity.

Tesla says the 60-kwh battery provides a range of up to 232 miles (the EPA pegs it at 208 miles), and the 85-kwh battery (a $10,000 option) provides up to 300 miles (the EPA puts it at 265 miles). Here are some examples for recharging times: With a single onboard charger plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet, Tesla says you will get 5 miles of range for every hour of charging. From zero to 300 miles would take about 52 hours at that rate. With a single charger connected to a 240-volt outlet, which Tesla recommends, the pace speeds up to 31 miles of range for each hour of charging, and a full 300-mile charge takes less than 9.5 hours.

Step up to twin chargers on the car and connect to a 240-volt, high-power wall charger (an extra-cost charging unit, not just a 240-volt line) and the charging speed zooms to 62 miles of range per hour, and the total charging time drops to under 4 hours, 45 minutes.

Really in a hurry? Stop at a Tesla Supercharger station and you can top off the tank with 300 miles of range in just an hour, as long as your Model S is configured with Supercharger capability If a Supercharger station is out of reach, most public charging stations can recharge the Model S at the rate of 22 miles of range per hour of charging.

You can learn more about the Model S in our review of the 2012 model, here. When that review was written, Tesla was planning to offer a less-expensive model with a 40-kwh battery, but that model and battery were cut from the lineup.

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Comments 

rick

I own the stock and think I made a big mistake. One hour of charging gets you 22 mile of range???? So, I am driving along and realize my battery is about to die...and now I have to find an outlet and wait one hour to get 22 additional miles???? Not good. I think I made a big mistake buying Tesla at $250/share. Hope I am wrong....

Jonny

Another truly bizarre misinformed comment from yet another non-Tesla owner wgo also have zero clue what he is babbling about! You own stocks and you are worried about range and charge times? Tesla owners are not worried; why are you? Laughable!

Jonny

Most important thing! All Tesla owners will get 85 with supercharger enabled! And they will have 240 system setup in their home garage! Range and charging: ZERO ISSUE! And by 2015, supercharging stations & battery swap stations will be widespread!

Jonny

No Tesla owners will charge at a regular EV charging station either!

Alan

Who cares?

Alex Johnston

Unless someone decided to go on a long distance ce road trip, no one would ever be "driving along and realize their battery is about to die" if they owned one of these vehicles.

William

Does anyone have an estimate of the range of the model X? I need to drive about 250 miles to my son's home. I have to go over the ridge route but should gain going down the other side to Newport Beach. Will I need to charge with either the model S or X? I also am 250 miles from my sister in Santa Rosa so no major hills. Can I make it on one charge?

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