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In-depth reviews

Tesla Model 3: range, battery & charging

Not only does the Tesla Model 3 offer superb range, but full access to the amazing Supercharger network

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

5.0 out of 5

Price
£39,990 - £59,990
Fuel Type:
Electric

Model

Range

Wallbox charge time

Rapid charge time

Standard Range

318-344 miles

9hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

25mins (10-80%, 170kW)

Long Range

390-421 miles

12hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)

27mins (10-80%, 250kW)

Range anxiety is slowly becoming less and less of a concern in the world of EVs, with the longest range electric cars able to travel over 400 miles on a single charge. Thanks to a recent update, the Tesla Model 3 now also falls into this illustrious category, with the Long Range model now capable of up to 421 miles on a charge.

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What really sets the Tesla apart from its competitors, however, is its full access to the brand’s extensive Supercharger network. While this is slowly being opened up to the general public at a higher cost, Superchargers are amongst the fastest public chargers out there and are incredibly easy to use. All your payment data is stored in your Tesla’s infotainment system, meaning all you need to do is pull up, plug-in and charge away.

Tesla Model 3 range

No matter which version of the Tesla Model 3 you choose, all offer over 300 miles of range on the combined WLTP tests. The base Model 3, with its 344-mile estimate, should have legs long enough for most buyers – especially given the average daily mileage is supposedly around 20 miles. In fact, during our test drive, the Model 3’s central display indicated an average efficiency of 4.1 miles per kilowatt-hour, resulting in a real-world range of 240ish miles – quite a bit less than Tesla’s claimed figure, but strong nonetheless.

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Tesla says the Model 3 Long Range can do up to 421 miles on a single charge, provided you stick with the standard-fit 18-inch alloys, and we’ve got reason to believe that. During our winter tests of the pre-facelift car, we easily managed to average efficiency of around 4.4 miles per kWh; taking into account the old Long Range’s battery size of around 70kWh, this results in a range of 308 miles. With a light right foot and warmer weather, we suspect drivers should easily be able to do 350 miles of driving before needing to plug-in.

The now-discontinued top-of-the-range Tesla Model 3 Performance models had a reduced maximum range of 340 miles; of course, it goes without saying that making use of the insane power and acceleration that’s on offer will quickly have a negative impact on your maximum range.

Charge time

Plug the Model 3 into a V3 or V4 Tesla Supercharger you can charge from 10-80% capacity in under 30 minutes. Of course, because the Model 3 features a CCS charging port you can use any other public rapid and ultra-rapid chargers, too.

If you're topping up the Model 3 from a standard 7.4kW home wallbox it'll take a little over nine hours to fully charge the base model or 12 hours for a Long Range or Performance version. As with most electric cars, a three-pin cable is supplied more as an emergency backup than as a routine charging solution. It’ll take a couple of days to fully charge the Model 3 from a domestic socket – giving you around 10 miles of range per hour. Charging in this way is clearly not a long-term solution, but can still be useful in a pinch.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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