Tesla Model 3 range, battery & charging
As the name suggests, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range boasts one of the longest driving ranges on a single charge of any electric car currently on sale
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|Standard Range||305 miles||8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)||21mins (10-80%, 170kW)|
|Long Range||374 miles||11hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||34mins (10-80%, 190kW)|
|Performance||340 miles||12hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||23mins (10-80%, 200kW)|
The Model 3 Long Range has one of the best driving ranges of any pure-electric car on sale, significantly bettering those offered by larger EVs like the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron, while the Polestar 2 can manage up to 336 miles. Charging for the Model 3 is done using a Type 2 or CCS cable, giving you access to Tesla Superchargers and the public charging network.
Find a Tesla Supercharger in a Model 3 Long Range and you can charge from 10% to 80% in a little over half an hour, while a standard home wallbox charger will take you to 100% in under 12 hours. The charging port is hidden in the side of the light cluster and you open it by pushing a button on the cable.
Tesla Model 3 range
The Tesla Model 3 is offered in three trims levels, which are in effect just the three different range options: the entry-level unnamed Model 3 can cover 305 miles on a charge, the Long Range 374 miles and the top-spec Performance 340 miles – the latter sacrificing a little range in the name of its neck-snapping acceleration.
Those figures still impress, but rivals like the Kia EV6 are catching up – it can manage up to 328 miles with rear-wheel drive. The Ford Mustang Mach-E Extended Range can go even further than the Model 3, with a top range of up to 379 miles.
The company hasn’t officially stated a battery size for the Model 3, but sources have previously stated that it’s a 60kWh unit in the entry-level version and 70kWh in the Long Range and Performance models.
The Model 3 Long Range can charge from 10-80% in as little as 30 minutes from a Tesla Supercharger, while the standard version with a smaller battery will do it in even less than that. It’s a welcome change that the Model 3 is compatible with CCS charging (converters are offered for the Model X and Model S), which gives you access to most third-party charging stations, too. Topping up using a 50kW charger will take around 70 minutes.
Plug the Model 3 into a 7kW home wallbox and you’ll get a full charge in 13 hours. As with any big-battery electric car, 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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Tesla Model 3 is one of the best electric cars on sale, delivering great real-world range, tidy dynamics and a tech-filled interior
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingAs the name suggests, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range boasts one of the longest driving ranges on a single charge of any electric car currently on sale
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Tesla Model 3 looks expensive to buy, but it's cheaper to own than most combustion-engined alternatives once you factor in fuel and tax costs
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Tesla Model 3 is anything but slow, even in entry-level form – although it doesn't really handle like a sports car in corners
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Tesla Model 3 has one of the most minimalist interiors going, complete with class-leading touchscreen technology and hidden air vents
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Tesla Model 3 isn't the roomiest of cars in its class, particularly for rear-seat passengers, but it should be adequate for small families
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Tesla Model 3 sets the benchmark for active safety features and has earned the top five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating