Tesla Model X range, battery & charging

The Tesla Model X has great real-world range, and access to Tesla’s Supercharger network is a boon for long-distance driving

Range Slow charge Fast charge Rapid charge
300-315 miles 6 hours (16.5kW) 2 hours (50kW)

40 mins (120kW, 0-80%)

A drivetrain update in April 2019 gave the Model X - as well as its Model S sibling - a range boost, with the car now returning up to 315 miles of range on a single charge. The Model X Performance offers a little less driving distance than the cheaper Long Range model, discarding some range in order to achieve its astounding turn of pace.

In any case, the real-world range is up there with the best electric cars on sale, and the Tesla has the significant advantage of access to the company's Supercharger network.

You plug the Tesla in using a port hidden in the corner of its rear light arrangement, which is great if you reverse into a charge point, but otherwise it means you’re likely to have cables trailing up the side of the car.

Tesla Model X range

The Tesla Model X has a decent claimed driving range of 315 miles for the Long Range and 300 miles for the Performance.

Customer experience suggested you could expect to see around 280 miles from the Long Range models prior to the upgrades introduced in April 2019, so 300 miles of real-world range should be realistic for the updated version.

The smaller and cheaper Jaguar I-Pace will deliver around the same, but otherwise the Tesla will still go further to a charge than most electric cars and will be suitable for anyone wanting to take long journeys in their stride.

Charge time

Find one of the Tesla Superchargers, which will deliver a charge up to 120kW, and you can have an 80% charge in the Model X in around 30 minutes, while a 50kW rapid charger will do the same in around 90 minutes. Meanwhile, a 7kW home or workplace charger will take 13 hours. Anything slower than that, including 3kW chargers, and you’re measuring the charge time in days instead.

In March 2019 Tesla promised upgrades to its V2 chargers, which will allow the Model X to be topped up at a maximum rate of 145kW.

Battery warranty

The Tesla Model X has a battery warranty of eight years, with no mileage limit. However, Tesla doesn’t guarantee the batteries against general degradation, so you can’t ask for a replacement battery if it drops below 70% of its as-new performance (i.e. the car’s maximum range drops to 70% or less than it was when new), as you can with many electric cars.

Battery lease

Tesla doesn’t offer a battery leasing programme.