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How Long Does It Take to Charge a Tesla Model 3?

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most popular cars available these days, especially for an electric vehicle. Charging your EV might seem complicated at first, but it doesn’t have to be. You can charge at home, at work, or even at a shopping center you might stop at.

How long does it take to charge a Tesla Model 3 at home?

A white Tesla Model 3 on display
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Charging your Model 3 at home is likely going to be your preferred charging method. There are various chargers to choose from, even if you don’t want a Tesla-branded charger. If you are going all in, the Tesla wall charger is a good choice.

Additionally, the type of Tesla Model 3 you pick can change some of the times. For 2021, there is a Performance, Long Range, and Long Range Plus trim offered.

You can control your charge more by charging at home. This allows you to charge during off-peak times, which is less expensive. You also don’t have to wait around for your Tesla to charge. You can plug it in when you get home, set the charger to charge at a certain time, and forget it. Set it and forget it!

Pod Point has some estimations for home charging. If you plug into a regular plug getting 3kW, it can take about 20 hours to charge your EV. That’s slow, but that will probably only happen in a pinch. On a home charger, it can take between 8 and 12 hours.

If you plan on installing a charger at home, be sure to get a licensed electrician to help install it correctly.

Tesla Supercharger network

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The Tesla Supercharger network is extensive in bigger areas but can be a little spotty in some rural areas. The Superchargers are meant to help travelers across the country and on heavily traveled routes, which means you might not live conveniently close to your local one.

Additionally, using a supercharger all the time isn’t recommended. It can wear down your battery faster. Generally, supercharging should be reserved for occasions when you need a fast charge and get on your way.

Charging your Model 3 from about 10-80% will take 30 minutes or less at a 120kW Supercharger. On a 50kW rapid charger, it will take around 60-70 minutes.

Don’t forget: Tesla charges an idle fee for every minute you stay plugged in after being charged. Get in, get your charge, and be on your way!

Your car will tell you!

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One of the cool things about your Tesla is that it will give you all sorts of data once you start charging it. It will tell you how fast it is charging, how many kilowatt-hours it is charging at, and how long it will take. And if you do charge at home, you can find out exactly how much it costs when you get your electricity bill.

It might sound like a lot of variables at first, but you will get the hang of it soon enough.