As I’ve written before, we here at are big fans of all things Tesla. Tesla’s newest and most affordable car is of course the Model 3. Since its debut in 2017, the Model 3 has become Tesla’s most popular offering, leaving the Model S and the Model X in the dust with respect to sales. The model 3 was the number one best selling plug in car in 2018, both world wide and in the United States. With a 5-passenger seating capacity, sleek design, and a range north of 220 miles on a single charge for the base model, it isn’t hard to see why the model 3 is so popular. I like the way the folks at Kelly Blue Book put it:

“The Model 3 is Tesla’s rendition of the long-prophesized electric car for the masses. This sleekly styled, compact 5-seat sedan dazzles with cool features, ample electric range, and a $36,000 ($35,000 plus a $1,000 delivery charge) starting price. The smallest and least expensive Tesla offers day-to-day usability, surprisingly fun road manners, a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), and an intriguing glimpse of a gasoline-free future.”

In continuing with our coverage of all things Tesla, today we take a look at how much electricity it takes to charge a Tesla Model 3.


Without going too much into the science behind it all, I will simply state that electricity use is measured in kilowatt hours (kWhs). The measure of energy efficiency in EVs is measured Watt hours per mile or (wH/mi). Think of this measurement as sort of a miles per gallon equivalent for electric vehicles. My friend Electric Jen wrote an excellent piece about how much it cost to charge your Tesla in all 50 states last month. I would highly encourage you to read this article if you haven’t done so already by clicking here. has also developed a very handy calculator that will let you know how much it costs to charge your car depending on location and daily commute. I was quite pleased to discover that I pay about 10 bucks a month to charge my Nissan Leaf!

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Different style Tesla Model 3s have different battery sizes. The standard model contains a 54 kWh battery, the long range AWD model contains a  62 kWh battery, and the long range RWD model contains a 75 kWh battery. Please note that the latter was discontinued in the Spring of 2019. So, depending on which Model 3 you have, it will either take 54 kWh, 62 kWh, or 75 kWh to fully charge a Tesla Model 3.

That being said dear readers, I could try and explain how much charging your Model 3 may raise your electricity bill but…it turns out that I don’t have to. Someone much smarter than me has already done so and I encourage you to read her work here.

Do any of our readers own a Tesla Model 3 and care to chime in on their experiences with charging? What do you think the future holds for the Model 3? Please leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

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