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Tesla Electric Vehicle Charging: What Are Your Options?

Tesla has a variety of ways to charge your electric vehicle. Some of those are at public charging stations, while others can be for more personal use. If you are thinking of purchasing or leasing a Tesla and wondered about charging options, look no further!

Tesla supercharger charging stations

A Tesla supercharging station in California
A Tesla Supercharger station in California with Tesla electric vehicles charging | Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Tesla supercharging station network is crucial to the brand’s success. There is no other like it in North America to support fast charging as the superchargers can.

These supercharging locations will have varying prices, depending on where you are. That means places like California are often more expensive per charge. For the most up-to-date pricing information, check your local station.

The supercharging network is always growing and is likely to grow exponentially soon. Tesla might bring on another brand to help grow the supercharger grid’s reach.

Tesla offers destination charging at popular locations

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This is an example of a branded charging station at a mall, hotel, shopping plaza, restaurant, or other busy locations. Tesla claims to have 4,500 destination charging stations around the U.S.

You can monitor your charge through the app. In places like hotels, you can leave your car plugged in overnight. If you are traveling on the highway, there will be stations strategically placed to help make your trip easier.

For your home, the wall connector will work

The Tesla wall connector is sold for $500 and can be installed right in your home. It can add up to 44 miles of range per hour. This translates to 11.5 kW or a 48 amp outlet. It is eligible for a federal tax credit and comes in two different cord lengths.

The wall connector can charge more than one car at a time for added convenience. It is compatible with the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y.

Tesla has a handy electrician finder to help install the wall charger correctly in your area. This wall connector is WiFi-enabled, which is helpful enough.

For mobile Tesla charging, the corded mobile connector

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The mobile charger comes equipped with a NEMA 14-50 plug with a 20′ cable for $520. This was a connector that used to be included with more Tesla purchases but is less of a necessity. It really depends on which model you are driving to see if this is the right cable for you.

If you aren’t committed to buying a wall charger, you can get away with the mobile connector for now. The biggest issue is that the mobile charger won’t charge your car as quickly. It will also not give you quite the same range.

If you drive a lot and spend a lot of time in the car, the mobile charger might not be able to keep up. The wall charger might give you just enough range more per hour that would make a big difference.