Tesla Model S range, battery & charging

The Tesla Model S delivers oodles of range, and currently has the advantage of access to a network of ‘Superchargers’

Range Slow charge Fast charge Rapid charge
393 miles (NEDC) 6 hours (16.5kW) 2 hours (50kW) 40 mins (120kW, 0-80%)

Few electric cars on sale can match the range offered by the Tesla Model S, which comes with either a 100kWh battery in 100D and P100D forms.

For comparison, the Jaguar I-Pace boasts a 90kWh battery, while the forthcoming Audi e-tron will feature a 95kWh unit.

Tesla Model S range

The Model S 100D – with its 100kWh battery – comes with a range figure of 393 miles on the discontinued NEDC testing cycle: in reality, you should expect around 335 miles. The P100D uses the same size battery, but its predicted range is lower due to its additional weight: the quoted NEDC range is 381 miles, translating into around 315 miles on the road.

Compare this to the Jaguar I-Pace, which is sold with a 90kWh battery and a quoted range of 298 miles. This figure, however, is derived from the recently introduced WLTP test. Jaguar estimates the WLTP figure equates to 335 miles in NEDC terms, although the true real-world figure will be lower.

Charge time

The Tesla Model S charge time varies depending on how you charge the car.

Charging via a normal household socket is extremely slow due to a maximum charging rate of 2.3kW: this means at least 43 hours are needed to charge the 100D and P100D.

Tesla also provides a ‘blue’ adaptor capable of charging at 7.4kW, which allows you to plug into a dedicated home car charger (which you’ll have to pay for, via companies such as Chargemaster or Podpoint) and most public fast chargers. This will deliver a full charge in 13 hours for the 100D and P100D.

The best option is to purchase a Tesla Wall Connector for your garage or driveway, which delivers power at a rate of 16.5kW, although this does require a three-phase power supply that not all homes will have.

If you can have the Tesla charger fitted, it’ll deliver roughly 51 miles of range per hour, meaning even the 100D and P100D can be fully charged in six hours.

Tesla’s Supercharger network features the only public charge points that currently deliver a charge of 120kW, although public rapid chargers of a similar capacity are due to start appearing in 2019. There are around 300 Tesla Superchargers around the UK, mostly focused around the main motorways, and they’ll add 170 miles of range in as little as half an hour. Tesla grants owners 400kWh of free Supercharger use annually: thereafter you’ll be charged 20p for every kWh, meaning a full charge of the 100D would cost £20.

To encourage you to make way for others promptly, Tesla charges an idle fee of 35p per kWh after the battery reaches 100%. And if a particular station is full, this fee is doubled.

Battery warranty

The Tesla Model S battery comes with an eight-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is valid even after the car is sold to a new owner. The vehicle itself is covered by a 50,000-mile, four-year warranty.