Tesla owners are in the enviable position of having their own dedicated charging network, one that spans the globe and is growing all the time. What’s more, it offers quick and easy charging, which is essential for stress-free electric car ownership.
There are two ways you can charge a Tesla when you’re not at home; one is to take advantage of the Tesla Supercharger network, which are fast charging points strategically positioned at many main highway locations.
Secondly, and quite cleverly, Tesla is also growing its range of Destination point locations, which is a worldwide selection of charging points situated in popular stop-off points. These include the likes of hotels, restaurants and other business or retail locations that Tesla owners are likely to frequent.
The great thing about supplementing the Supercharger network with Destination points is that the latter allows you to charge your car while you’re doing something else.
It’s the perfect solution for that downtime faced by EV owners while they wait for their car battery to be replenished. Better still, finding a Supercharger, or indeed a Destination point is super easy, as you’ll see below, so if you already know how to charge your Tesla, read on.
Not only has Tesla CEO Elon Musk developed a revolutionary EV brand, he has backed it up with a vision for a supporting charging infrastructure.
Tesla’s first Supercharger network was connected in the US back in 2012 and it has been expanding ever since. The Tesla Supercharger connection point can currently be used to recharge the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y at 72 kW, 150 kW or 250 kW depending on the model year.
Cars have their batteries replenished using a direct current or DC charge that on average allows a Tesla to be charged to about 50% in 20 minutes, 80% in 40 minutes with a full charge taking around 75 minutes for the Model S.
However, newer models and Tesla’s charging infrastructure is evolving all the time. The company now has V3 Superchargers that can charge at 250 kW allowing newer cars to gain up to 15 miles for every minute they’re connected in the US.
What charging will cost you, if anything, depends on the Tesla model you own and when you bought it. Some models have the benefit of free supercharging for the life of the car, although others have an allowance for charging, between 100 and 400 kWh per year. Others offer financial credit instead.