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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

5.0 out of 5

Price
£41,000 - £49,000
Fuel Type:
Electric
ModelRangeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
Standard Range305 miles8hrs (0-100%, 7.4kW)21mins (10-80%, 170kW)
Long Range374 miles11hrs 15mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)34mins (10-80%, 190kW)
Performance340 miles12hrs 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-only Supercharger in a Model 3 Long Range and you can charge from 10% to 80% in a little over 20 minutes, 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 Standard Range Plus returns 278 miles, the Long Range 360 miles and the top-spec Performance 352 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.

Charge time

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.

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