Today we wrap up our series on energy usage by taking a look at how much electricity it takes to charge a Model S from Tesla. When it comes to advancing all-electric vehicle (EV) technology, possibly no other car has done more for the cause than the Model S. When it debuted in 2012, critics wondered if Tesla’s flagship sedan would be a game-changer or a complete bust. Seven years and hundreds of thousands of units sold later, we have our answer. I like the way Car and Driver put it:

“When the Model S launched in 2012, it was the first long-range, widely desired electric vehicle, and mainstream automakers have been struggling to catch up ever since. The Model S is still impressive—it now has an EPA-estimated 370 miles of range in its Long Range variant—but for all its focus on autonomous technology, over-the-air updates, and Easter eggs, Tesla’s interiors and build quality can sometimes fall short of expectations. Better-established luxury automakers are finally getting in on the EV game—Porsche’s Taycan is aimed directly at the Model S, for example—and Tesla will need all its Silicon Valley pivot-power to stay ahead of the pack.” 

Something tells me Elon and Co. will find a way to do so…Roadster anyone?

Competition and price tag aside, Tesla has no plans to discontinue production of the Model S. At least for the time being, the iconic sedan will be around for the foreseeable future. Improvements in technology have cut charging times by 25%, and the company continues to improve the infrastructure of its Supercharger network. I for one, am excited to see that the Model S is still selling well and look forward to seeing further improvements in range (the 2020 Model S can achieve an astounding 370 miles on a single charge). Awesome!


Determining how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) it will take to fully charge your Tesla Model S will depend on which generation and type of car you have. Model S sedans come with 75 kWh, 85 kWh, 90 kWh, or 100 kWh batteries. The bigger the battery, the longer the range, of course. Like the Model X, you can use level 1, level 2, or DC fast charging systems to charge your Model S. It will take you 67 hours to charge your Model S using level 1 charging, 5 to 6 hours with level 2 charging and about an hour when plugged in to a Tesla Supercharger.

Calculating Cost

We here at have developed this handy EV Charging Cost Calculator to take all of the guesswork out of the equation. Costs will vary from state to state but one thing is certain: you will save money in gas if you make the switch!

We would love to hear from any readers out there who have used our calculator to determine how much the Model S would cost them to operate on a monthly basis. We would also be thrilled to hear from any current Model S owners who would be kind enough to leave us a comment and let us know what the future holds for the Model S and Tesla as a company overall. Please drop by the comments section below and share your thoughts with us today!

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