Tesla Model S range, battery & charging

The Tesla Model S Long Range delivers more range than any other electric car on sale, and has access to Tesla's Supercharger network

Range Slow charge Fast charge Rapid charge
375 miles (WLTP est) 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 a 100kWh battery in Standard Range, Long Range and Performance 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 Long Range – with its 100kWh battery – comes with a range figure of 375 miles, although this is an estimate for WLTP efficiency test results that have yet to be published. With that in mind, it's likely that you'll experience a little less range in the real world.

The Performance uses the same size battery, but its predicted range is lower due to its additional weight: the anticipated WLTP range is 365 miles, while the Standard Range version is expected to achieve 280 miles on a single charge.

Compare this to the Jaguar I-Pace, which is sold with a 90kWh battery and a quoted range of 298 miles.

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 around 2.3kW: this means at least 43 hours are needed to charge the Long Range and Performance.

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 Long Range and Performance.

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 both the Long Range and Performance 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 Long Range 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.