Tesla Model 3: Charging

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A 240-volt Tesla home charging station costs $750, not including installation. We expect the Model 3 to use an on-board 10 kW charger, like its sibling vehicles. This means owners can add 30 or more miles of range for every hour of charging at home. With its sizable battery pack providing more than 200 miles of driving range—and the average commuter traveling about 40 miles per day—most drivers will find they have plenty of energy reserves on a daily basis.

In terms of longer distance highway trips, Tesla offers its current vehicle owners free access to around 400 Supercharger sites in the United States. These high-speed fast-chargers are capable of bringing a Model S battery pack to 80 percent of capacity in about 40 minutes. This opens up new possibilities for interstate travel for many EV drivers.

The main charging question for future Model 3 owners is whether access to the network will be standard for the vehicle or a cost option. If the car becomes as popular as Tesla hopes it would likely place an added strain on the existing network and eventually necessitate a further build-out of the network. Some buyers may not see a need for Supercharger access and might be willing to forgo it to save a few thousand dollars off the starting price. Though Musk claimed free supercharger access for Tesla third-generation vehicle in an interview two years ago, it may make sense to go back on that pledge