Petrol and diesel-powered cars have been around since the invention of the automobile, but electricity-powered vehicles are still relatively new. One of the biggest electric cars producers in the world is Tesla. But how far can you drive with a Tesla?
Depending on the model, you can drive anywhere between 270 miles to 375 miles on a fully charged Tesla. Some models may require more power (on average) from the engine to move the car than other Tesla models. The Tesla Model S is said to last the longest – 375 miles.
The biggest fear that infringes on someone when they consider buying an electric car (and rightfully so) is how far you can drive on a ‘full tank’ as well as how long the Tesla battery will last before it needs to get replaced. So this research is essential to do when looking to buy an electric car, specifically a Tesla.
Table of Contents
- How Far Can A Fully Charged Tesla Go?
- How Quick Can You Charge A Tesla Battery?
- How Much Will A Tesla Charge Cost?
- What Is A Tesla Battery’s Lifespan?
How Far Can A Fully Charged Tesla Go?
It ultimately depends on the model of Tesla you wish to buy. Nonetheless, every single Tesla has proved to go a significant distance concerning the power and performance you will receive from the Tesla.
The Tesla model that will get you the least miles is the Tesla Model 3 Standard, estimated to get you around 270 miles worth of driving.
Though 270 miles may not seem like it’s very ‘fuel-efficient,’ consumers must consider that the car produces 150kW (201hp), making the range a little more impressive.
The Tesla car’s performance gets more impressive. The Tesla Model S is the model that reportedly gets you the most miles, which equates to about 375 miles on a full tank.
In addition, the Model S produces four times the power as the Tesla Model 3 Standard, which is around 615kW (825hp).
Tesla must have decided that putting 615kW of power to the wheels was not impressive enough. So, Tesla produced an engine even more powerful than the Tesla Model S.
The Tesla Model S Plaid has been reported to get around 350 miles on a fully charged engine. This range is only 20 miles less than the Tesla Model S. The Tesla Model S Plaid generates up to 750kW (1020hp).
So, as you can tell, Tesla cars have a lot of power. They also have good mileage in relation to the power of the engine/batteries. Some petrol and diesel cars with the same amount of power will not get as much mileage as a Tesla would.
How Quick Can You Charge A Tesla Battery?
The charge rate of a Tesla depends on the charger you use. The slowest type of charger is called the NEMA 5-15 charger, and it plugs directly into a standard wall outlet.
This version is the best charger to use for overnight charging at your house. This charger charges the Tesla at around 3 miles of range per hour of charge.
The next fastest charger is the NEMA 14-50 charger; it plugs into a wall socket similar to a clothes dryer. This charger should completely charge a Tesla in around 10 hours for the Tesla Model S and 10 ½ hours for a Tesla Model X.
Tesla also sells a wall charger for your Tesla. This wall charger replaces the simple plug and cord you get standard with your Tesla car and provides a quicker charge.
For example, the wall charger will charge a Tesla Model S in a little under 9 hours, and a Tesla Model X will only take around 6 ½ hours to charge.
There are also chargers called the ‘Tesla superchargers’, which, unfortunately, you cannot get in your home. These superchargers only work for Tesla vehicles.
On the bright side, these superchargers are found in many places across the country and take less than 2 hours to charge a Tesla car fully.
How Much Will A Tesla Charge Cost?
The price of electricity varies around the country. If you look at the rates of kilowatts per hour, the price ranges from $0.09 to $0.30 per hour. Charging either a Tesla Model X or Model S to the battery’s total capacity at home will cost you anywhere between $6.20 to $25.00.
This price is around half of what it would cost to fill up your average petrol or diesel tank, and if driven economically, a Tesla can go even further than most cars for a lower price to ‘fill up.’
It becomes even cheaper to charge your Tesla if you use solar power. Most people with electric vehicles end up breaking even on their investment with solar energy within seven years.
If a Tesla got bought before January 2017, supercharging is free. If not, supercharging will cost roughly the same as charging at home, which comes to about $22.00 for a full charge.
What Is A Tesla Battery’s Lifespan?
Tesla batteries have a lifespan of anywhere between 300 000 – 500 000 miles before it needs to get replaced. A Tesla car’s battery will last anywhere between 21-35 years at the average rate of how far an American drives each year.
This lifespan trumps petrol and diesel cars once again, as a petrol or diesel car’s battery will last on average up to 7 years. A Tesla car’s battery can last more than three times that of a gas-powered vehicle.
But Tesla cars use around four to five battery modules per car. At roughly $6000 a battery module, it will cost a Tesla user anywhere between $20 000 and $35 000 to replace the entire set of batteries.
A fully charged Tesla car will get you anywhere between 250 to 400 miles on the roads. This distance is impressive considering specific Tesla models have the same horsepower as some sports and supercars.
Depending on your charger, a Tesla car will take between 6 and 11 hours to charge fully. If you use a supercharger station, it will take you less than 2 hours. It is also relatively cheap to charge a Tesla car than paying for gas for a non-electric vehicle. It will cost you less than $25.00 to fully charge a Tesla at either a supercharger or home.
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