Charging a Tesla: How Much Will It Cost & How Long Will It Take. Tesla charger kw

Want to Get the Most Out of Your Tesla? It’s All About the Charging Station!

The average EV driver knows that different levels of chargers charge electric vehicles (EV) at different rates. A Level One charger, which may come with the vehicle at point of purchase, can charge most vehicles overnight, during an 8-14 hour period, at a few miles per hour, but could take more than a day to fully charge from zero.

Level Two chargers are faster, usually charging a vehicle at a rate of anywhere from 10-60 miles per kilowatt hour, depending on the charger. However, EVs with bigger battery capacity and longer range are rolling off the assembly line every day, and most EV charging stations have not kept up.

High capacity EVs are also not getting the full amount of power they can take because, in the past, no chargers were capable of providing it.

Vehicles are becoming more sophisticated with higher battery capacity every day. It’s been some time since EV range was only 50 miles! Now range is over 250 miles in many EVs, the Tesla Model X boasts a range of well over 300 miles, and the newly released GM electric hummer boasts a range of 350 or more miles.

High Capacity Batteries and the Future of EVs

Is there really a difference in the time it takes a charger to charge an average EV vs. a long-range Tesla?

The average EV has a battery capacity of around 36 kWh and average onboard power rating of 6.6kW, taking around 5.5 hours to charge the EV from empty to full, with the average Level Two charger.

The Model X has a usable battery capacity of 100 kWh while the Tesla Cybertruck TriMotor has a battery capacity of over 200 kWh With a 7.2 kW charger and a 100 kWh battery capacity, the vehicle takes nearly 14 hours to charge completely, while the Tesla Cybertruck TriMotor would take a whopping 28 hours!

What’s faster? True, DC Superchargers exist, but they are rare, over 100,000 to install, cost the consumer more to use, and prematurely drain an EVs’ battery life.

Power Up

Cars with higher battery capacity are also not getting the power they could be. The average charger can offer up to 7.2 kW of power. The Tesla X can take in up to 11.5 kW, and who knows how powerful the next model or other luxury electric automakers vehicles might be.

The difference between 11.5 and 7.2 is what is currently being lost with the average charger. Some Teslas can even take in 19.2 kW! Why buy a car that can handle more power if there isn’t a charger that can provide it? What if there were?

The Blink IQ 200 Just Changed the Rules

The IQ 200 can provide up to 19.2 kW of power. The Blink IQ 200 is ready to give the Tesla even more power than the average model can take. The Tesla X and many other high battery capacity cars can be charged to their highest potential with an IQ 200. A Tesla with a battery capacity of 100 kWh and a power rating of 19.2 kW charges in about 14 hours with other Level Two chargers, but can charge in 5 hours, 12 minutes with the IQ 200.

What does the type of charger you use have to do your EV’s charging time? A lot.

Yes, DC Fast chargers are faster, but there are not as many around, are more expensive to install, and local incentives for property owners are a lot more abundant for L2 chargers. The IQ 200 is ready for higher average EV capacity than we see today. If your business is future-minded, embracing this innovation now can keep you ahead of the game. Even businesses that don’t currently have the IQ 200 units set up with the full 19.2 kW of power can easily upgrade their amperage without buying new equipment in the future.

If you want the smartest, fastest, newest EVs on the market, ordinary chargers just can’t get the most of your machine. The IQ 200 is already ahead of the curve and provides the speed and cost-efficiency property owners and EV drivers look for.

Charging a Tesla: How Much Will It Cost How Long Will It Take?

Ready to embark on the Tesla adventure? Owning an electric car is a different experience than owning a gasoline-powered one, and many questions come along with it. One of the main reasons people shift from gasoline to electric, is reduced running costs.

But how much does it really cost to run a Tesla, and perhaps more importantly, how long does it take? Here’s a quick rundown of charging costs and times when owning one of Elon Musk’s electric machines.

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Costs vary with location and how you charge

The first thing you need to know about owning a Tesla, or any electric vehicle for that matter, is that charging costs will vary depending on how you charge your vehicle, but also where you live in Canada. Let’s FOCUS on the three major provinces where EVs are currently sold the most: Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario.

Charging at home is the most affordable and convenient

The most affordable and convenient way to charge a Tesla, or any electric vehicle for that matter, is at home. Most, if not all EV buyers purchase a level 2 (240 volt) home charger to do this.

The best practice when owning an electric car is to plug it in the evening before going to bed and unplugging it in the morning like a smartphone. This typically takes between 8 and 12 hours depending on the model you own. And because the charging cycle is happening during off peak hours, energy consumption rates are typically lower.

Charging a Tesla in Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia

Home charging costs will vary from one province to the next, but also according to your energy company’s rates. For instance, Hydro Québec’s rates are set at 6.155 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) during the first 2,480 kWh consumed. Assuming you own a Tesla Model 3 powered by a 53-kWh battery, it would cost you anywhere between 3.00 and 4.00 to fully charge your Tesla overnight from your home charger.

In Ontario, where the province’s electricity rates are set at 8.2 cents per kWh during off-peak hours, a similar scenario would come out to roughly 5.00.

In B.C., where electricity costs 9.39 cents per kWh during the first 1,350 kWh consumed, expect to pay anywhere between 5.00 and 6.00 for an overnight home charge.

Tesla Supercharger and public chargers

While on the go, you’ll need to rely on public charging stations to fill up your Tesla. Luckily, Tesla has a well-established charging network called the Supercharger. The network’s chargers are scattered across Canada and can easily be found via the Tesla app or your car’s infotainment system.

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Tesla offers different rates and deals for the Supercharger service. For instance, we’ve seen Tesla offer a free one-year trial to all new Model 3 buyers. Otherwise, Tesla rates typically hang around 26 cents per kWh (this is an estimate and rates vary from each charging station according to their power).

If you’re not using a Tesla Supercharger, public chargers are also available. It’s however important to underline that some of these chargers could require a special adapter to connect to your Tesla.

Rates for public charging installations typically from one company to the next. Some will bill you per kWh, others, like Quebec’s Electric Circuit grid for instance, bill you per minute, or per hour. As we write this, EV owners typically pay no more than 20.00 to charge their car on a public charger in Canada.

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Charging times vary according to different factors

We’ve already established that on a level 2 home charger, a Tesla takes anywhere between 10 and 12 hours to fully charge. But charging times will be considerably quicker at a Tesla Supercharger or on a level 3 (400 volts) public charger.

Charging times vary according to the car’s charging capacity and the charger’s ability to supply it. EV charging speeds are typically measured in kilowatts (kW). For instance, if a charger has a charging speed of 250 kW, but the car can only receive 100 kW, the charger will reduce its speed to adapt to the car’s limitations. The amount of power the charger can send to the battery determines how long it takes to charge it.

The following chart shows the charging speed of all current Tesla models:

Tesla Model

Charging Speed

Model 3 Long Range AWD / Performance

Guide On How To Charge Your Electric Car With Charging Stations

Electric cars (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles are relatively new on the market and the fact that they use electricity to propel themselves means a new infrastructure has been put into place, one which few are familiar with. This is why we have created this useful guide to explain and clarify the different charging solutions used to charge an electric car.

In this EV charging guide, you’ll learn more about the 3 places where it’s possible to charge, the 3 different levels of charging available in North America, fast charging with superchargers, charging times, and connectors. You’ll also discover an essential tool for public charging, and useful links to answer all of your questions.

Before we get into those concepts, it is good to know the various terms used for charging stations. They usually all refer to the same thing.

  • Charging station
  • Charging outlet
  • Charging plug
  • Charging port
  • Charger
  • EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment)

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Electric Car Home Chargers

Charging an electric car or plug-in hybrid is mainly done at home.Home charging accounts actually for 80% of all charging done by EV drivers. This is why it’s important to understand the solutions available, along with the pros of each.

Home Charging Solutions: Level 1 Level 2

There are two types of home charging: level 1 charging and level 2 charging.

  • Level 1 charging happens when you charge an electric vehicle (EV) using the charger included with the car. These chargers can be plugged with one end into any standard 120V outlet, with the other end being plugged directly into the car. It can charge 200 kilometers (124 miles) in 20 hours.
  • Level 2 chargers are sold separately from the car, although they’re often purchased at the same time. These chargers require a slightly more complicated setup, as they are plugged into a 240V outlet which allows charging 3 to 7 times faster depending on the electric car and the charger. All of these chargers have an SAE J1772 connector and are available for online purchase in Canada and the USA. They usually have to be installed by an electrician. You can learn more about level 2 charging stations in this guide.

For every electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, the use of a level 2 home charging station is recommended to help you charge faster and enjoy your EV’s full potential. Provincial and municipal incentives are available in some regions to help with purchase and installation costs. You can also check the following websites for more information.

  • Quebec incentives for electric car home chargers
  • British Columbia incentives for electric car home chargers (the program is temporarily suspended)
  • For the United States, we suggest you check your government website.

The pros of home charging

To enjoy all the benefits of charging at home, you need to use a level 2 home charger.

A fully charged battery in a few hours

A level 2 charger allows you to charge your electric car 5 to 7 times faster for a full-electric car or up to 3 times faster for a plug-in hybrid compared to a level 1 charger. This means you’ll be able to maximize the use of your EV and reduce stops to charge at public charging stations.

It takes around four hours to fully charge a 30-kWh battery car (standard battery for an electric car), which allows you to make the most out of driving your EV, especially when you have a limited time to charge.

Start Your Day Fully Charged

Home charging is normally done on evenings and at night. Just connect your charger to your electric car when you come home from work, and you’ll be sure to have a fully charged battery the next morning. Most of the time, an EV’s range is enough for all your daily travel, meaning you won’t have to stop at public chargers for charging. At home, your electric car charges while you eat, play with the kids, watch TV, and sleep!

Save Big on Charging Costs

  • In Quebec, it is about 30% less expensive to charge at home than at a public charger and 6 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In Ontario, it is roughly 65% less expensive to charge at home than at a public charger and 5 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In British Columbia, it is roughly 30% cheaper to charge at home than at a public charger and 5 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In the United States, it all depends on the price of electricity and gas. You have to compare the consumption of electricity in kWh/100 miles of the EV multiplied by the cost of the kWh vs. the consumption of gallons/100 miles of the gas car multiplied by the price of a gallon of gas. That way, you will be able to quickly know how much you could save on your travel costs.

Electric Car Public Charging Stations

Public charging allows EV drivers to charge their electric cars on the road when they need to travel longer distances than allowed by their EV’s autonomy. These public chargers are often located near restaurants, shopping centers, parking spots, and such public spaces.

To locate them easily, we suggest you use ChargeHub’s charging stations map that is available on iOS, Android, and web browsers. The map lets you easily find every public charger in North America. You can also see most chargers’ status in real time, make itineraries, and more. We’ll be using our map in this guide to explain how the public charging works.

There are three main things to know about public charging: the 3 different levels of charging, the difference between connectors and the charging networks.

Charging Station Connectors

Charging Station Networks

How Much Does it Cost to Charge a Tesla in 2023?

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Although often higher in California, average pricing at Tesla Superchargers is typically around 0.25 per kWh. You can expect it to cost between 20-25 to add 250 miles of range to your Tesla at this price. The cost to charge a Tesla is usually about 33% less expensive if you charge at home using a level 2 charger.

Here’s a perk of owning a Tesla—you gain access to an extensive network of electric vehicle infrastructure. That includes Superchargers—a global electric car charging system akin to gas stations in convenience and accessibility. But what’s the real cost of using a Supercharger, and can you actually rely on them for your road trips?

Here’s a breakdown of how Superchargers work, what they’ll cost you per charging session, some alternative options for charging your Tesla for free, and what you’ll typically pay to charge at home.

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At a Supercharger

Expect to pay between 20-25 for 250 miles of range

At home

Expect to pay between 16-18.50 for 250 miles of range

What is a Tesla Supercharger?

Superchargers are a worldwide network of electric charging stations built specifically for Teslas. They can be found around rest stops, grocery stores, and other convenient stopping points.

These chargers work a little differently than standard plugs. Tesla car batteries are built with what’s known as an “onboard charger.” It converts alternating current (AC) electricity from the charging source into the direct current (DC) electricity the battery needs.

However, Superchargers bypass the onboard charger altogether to put DC energy directly into the battery. Skipping this step lets the battery get charged faster, adding up to 322 miles of range in just 15 minutes.

In this way, Superchargers act like a stop at any gas station. Drive up, plug your car in, and after a few minutes, you’ll be able to drive for many hours without stopping to re-juice. Due to their massive direct current, Superchargers are not ideal for daily use. It’s better to use them for a quick charge on the go or as a pit stops on long road trips.

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Where To Find Tesla Superchargers

In 2023, there were more than 40,000 Superchargers in the United States, including at least one in every state. Many are located along major travel routes and amenities, ensuring you can tackle multiple errands as you recharge. The charging capacity is often restricted to 80% at popular Superchargers to reduce congestion, but you easily override the charge limit through the app.

You don’t have to memorize the map of Superchargers in your region. Teslas can be programmed to plan routes that optimize access to them. Enter your final destination into the touchscreen on your driver dashboard, and the car’s Trip Planner will automatically find a route that provides access to these premier charging stations. Trip Planner will even calculate the distance between Superchargers to determine how long to charge at each one.

As with gas stations, almost all Supercharger stations are open 24 hours a day, although any nearby amenities will follow standard business hours.

How To Use Tesla Superchargers

Using a Tesla Supercharger is as simple as driving up to an unoccupied one and plugging in your car. The Tesla app monitors which Superchargers in your area are available, tracks your charge status in real time, and alerts you when it’s time to disconnect. All payment happens automatically through your Tesla Account.

The actual charging speeds will vary based on your car model. Here’s how many miles you can expect after 15 minutes on a Supercharger:

  • Model S: up to 200 miles
  • Model 3: up to 175 miles
  • Model X: up to 175 miles
  • Model Y: up to 162 miles

Cost of Charging at a Tesla Supercharger

As with gas stations, Supercharger pricing will vary by location and current electricity costs. Charging stations can bill you in one of two ways: per kilowatt-hour or per minute. The Trip Planner will let you know how you’ll pay ahead of time.

The amount you pay per minute depends on which of the four tiers you are in:

  • Tier 1: Below 60kW (lowest price per minute)
  • Tier 2: Between 60-100 kW
  • Tier 3: Between 100-180 kW
  • Tier 4: Above 180 kW (highest price per minute)

After you complete a charging session, you’ll see an estimate of the final charge on your screen. As of publication in early 2023, pricing is typically around 0.25 per kWh. You can expect it to cost between 20-25 to add 250 miles of range at this price.

Note that this pricing can change fast. International conflicts like the war in Ukraine and spikes in energy costs have caused Tesla to raise Supercharge rates in Europe and California this past year—sometimes as high as 0.50 per kWh.

Many Supercharges adjust their price based on the time of day, meaning you’ll pay more to power up during peak times. These higher work both to prevent people from attempting to charge simultaneously (causing congestion and longer wait times at charging stations) and to put less pressure on the energy grid.

You “lock in” a charging rate as soon as you plug in, which means you won’t pay more if it increases while you charge.

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Tesla Charge Time Calculator

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This parameter is not constant, because it depends on a number of variables. First, it is the value of the battery capacity. It can be found out with the help of the Tesla Charge Time Calculator, simply by entering the model of your own electric car. You can look at the vehicle’s data sheet, which should contain the necessary information. Capacity is measured in kilowatts per hour (abbreviated as kW⋅h). For example, the Tesla Model 3 has a built-in battery of 82 kW⋅h. You can experiment a bit with the settings to find out interesting information about other electric car models.

Secondly, the charging speed is affected by the capacity of a particular charging station (EVSE). To calculate this value, you need to multiply the line voltage (in the States, it’s 240V or 120V) by the amperage the charger is capable of delivering. Often the charger already has the maximum power written on it in kW. The calculation formula will be as follows. multiply the capacity and power figure by a factor of 1000. However, if you use a special Tesla electric car charging calculator, all calculations are easy and simple to do.

Gradations of electric car charging speed

Different electric cars need different time to fully charge the battery, as well as different types of chargers. If we talk about the speed of the charging process, we can distinguish 3 levels:

  • Slow charging, which takes 5-8 hours of time;
  • Semi-quick charging, which lasts 1.5-3 hours of time;
  • Fast charging, which takes about 15 minutes of time.

For the fastest charging you may need a special adapter. It is also worth understanding that certain electric cars have different charging modes: quite fast (DC) and slightly slower (AC).

Formula for calculating the charging speed of the Tesla

There is a simplified formula by which you can calculate the speed of the charging process of an electric car:

Duration = Auto battery capacity (kW⋅h) x 1000 / EVSE power (kW) x 1000.

For example, with a Tesla battery capacity of 82 kW⋅h and a charging power of 6.5 kW, the car will need the following charging time:

Duration = 82000/6500 = 12.6 hours.

These are approximate figures, and for more accurate results you need to use a calculator. This tool is sure to take into account the 10% loss of energy as well as the characteristics of the built-in charging unit.

Varieties of charging stations

The most common and convenient way to charge is with Wall connector home charging stations with a nema 14-50 type socket. These units are mounted in a personal garage, which is very convenient. The owner can decide whether they want a Level 1 or Level 2 type charger. The more expensive chargers will quickly determine the model of the electric car and select the recommended power. Charging station networks offer very fast charging and constant-current power. Tesla cars, for example, come with a proprietary connector, but they are still compatible with J1772 if you pick up the right adapter. Other automakers have their own connectors, which are better to carry in the trunk. This will allow you to recharge the electric car’s battery at any station.

If you put the charging station in the garage, then the charging speed will primarily depend on the power of the outlet where the equipment is plugged in. You don’t have to move the charger to charge your car at home, because you can get an extension cord.

Before you choose a charger for your garage, home or office, it is better to consult with a professional electrician. The specialist will tell you what equipment is better to choose, how to connect it, what you need for this. All installation work should also carry out a highly qualified electrician versed in safety issues. Only a competent installation of the charging station can provide fast and powerful charging.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tesla Charging Time Calculation

Many electric car owners ask, but what parameters are more important when calculating the exact charging time? In this case, it is necessary to pay attention to the characteristics of the charging equipment and the battery of the car. Based on these indicators, it is possible to know the time required for charging.

The second question is what exactly affects the rate of charging? In addition to the above parameters, you should also take into account the following values: the age and operating temperature of the battery, the limitations of the internal unit, the battery charge level.

Results

With the above formulas, you can quickly calculate the charging time yourself, but it is better to use the Tesla Charge Time Calculator. Why waste precious time when a handy tool will do everything yourself. To appreciate all the advantages of this calculator, a quick glance at other similar services is enough.

How fast does a Tesla charge at home?

Tesla Model Y Standard Range (2021) Tesla Model X Standard Range (2019. 2020) Tesla Model 3 Standard Range (2019)
40 Amp Charger 4 h 52 min 6 h 15 min 4 h 52 min
16 Amp Charger 9 h 52 min 15 h 47 min 9 h 52 min
32 Amp Charger 4 h 52 min 9 h 52 min 4 h 52 min

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Tesla home chargers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and capabilities.

Tesla has an alternative to the Wall Connector. The Mobile Connector plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet and can provide up to 16 amps of power for a charge rate of up 2 kW. You can purchase the mobile connector separately or included in your Tesla purchase. If you’re looking for a more powerful charger, take a look at the Tesla Wall connector. The charger plugs into a standard 240-volt outlet and can supply up to 16 amps with a charging speed of up to 7.75 kilowatts. more than enough power to quickly charge your Tesla vehicle. Every new Tesla comes with one of these chargers, but if you need another, they are available for purchase on the Tesla website.

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