Tesla Model 3 range, battery & charging

As the name suggests, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range boasts one of the longest ranges of any electric car on sale

Range Battery size Wallbox charge time Rapid charge time
254-348 miles 60-70kWh 8hrs-11hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW) 22mins (10-80%, 250kW)

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range delivers one of the best driving ranges of any pure electric car on sale, significantly bettering those offered by rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron.

Charging capability is hard to fault, too, with Tesla Superchargers giving the Model 3 better motorway charging facilities than any rival, and with Type 2 and CCS ports also giving the Tesla access to third-party public charging points.

The Model 3’s charging port is hidden neatly in the side of the rear light cluster and, conveniently, you can open it by pushing a button on the cable.

Tesla Model 3 range

The Tesla Model 3 is offered with three range options: the entry-level Standard Range Plus returns 254 miles according to WLTP tests, the Long Range gets 348 miles, and the top-spec Performance delivers 329 miles, sacrificing a little range in the name of its banzai acceleration.

Cars such as the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Hyundai Kona Electric are catching up, but Tesla is still the best out there. The company hasn’t officially stated battery size for the Model 3, but company sources have previously stated that it’s a 60kWh battery in the Standard Range Plus, and 70kWh in the Long Range and Performance models.

Charge time

The Tesla Model 3 Long Range can charge from 10-80% in as little as 30 minutes from a 120kW Tesla Supercharger, while the Standard Range Plus will do it in even less than that.

A 50kW rapid charger - the most common motorway chargers - will take around 70 minutes, but it’s a welcome change to the Tesla range that you now get CCS ports (converters being offered on the Model X and Model S), which give you access to most third-party charging stations.

Plug the Model 3 into a 7kW home car charger and you’ll get a full charge in 13 hours. As with any big-battery electric car such as this, a three-pin cable is supplied more as an emergency backup than as a routine charging solution. It’ll take days to fully charge the Model 3 from a normal domestic socket, but it will still give you around 10 miles of range per hour, which will still be a useful occasional top-up.