How Far Can You Go With a Tesla? Model Ranges Compared

With range anxiety becoming less of a burning issue, some new Tesla owners still want to know how far every Tesla can go on a full charge.

Currently the Tesla Model 3 RWD can go 267 miles with a 60kWh battery. The Tesla Model S Long Range AWD can go the furthest with 405 miles and a 100kWh battery. The maximum driving range on a single charge also depends on how you are driving and weather and geographic conditions. The EPA estimated ranges are different on all Tesla models.

As always, there is more to the answer than these simple stats. Check out the rest of this article to find out.

The Range of a Tesla on a Single Charge

If you’re a Tesla owner, you know your car’s range is one of the most significant selling points. You can drive from one point to your destination and not stop to recharge. But what happens when that range is no longer enough?

According to Tesla’s website, the Model S has an EPA range of 405 miles (651.7 km) per charge. That means that, in theory, if you had a fully charged battery, you could drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco before recharging.

Driving range depends on several factors. If you’re driving at high speeds, your battery will drain faster, and those are variables that are difficult to predict ahead of time. 

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Driving in hilly terrain or through city streets where there are many stop lights will also significantly influence your range. Again, it’s hard to predict how much they’ll affect your specific trip.

Therefore the distance a Tesla can cover in one charge is dependent on the model, weather, driver’s habits, and other external factors.

So now you know how far your Tesla can go without recharging.

That’s it for the first section of this article. That was fun, but it’s time to move on.

If you’re somehow wondering what will happen when your Tesla runs out of battery range. What you your options? Check out this helpful article that I wrote for just this situation.

Tesla 2021 Models and Their Ranges

The table below details the distance each Tesla model can cover on a full charge. The figures reflect average driving conditions; your actual mileage will vary according to your driving style, weather, and terrain.

Tesla Model 2021Wheel SizeEPA Range MilesEPA Range KilometersBattery Capacity kWh
Tesla Model 3 RWD 18”/46 cm27243860
Tesla Model 3 RWD 19”/48 cm26743060
Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD 18”/46 cm35857680
Tesla Model 3 Long Range AWD 19”/48 cm33453780
Tesla Model 3 Performance AWD 20”/51 cm31550780
Tesla Model Y Long Range AW19”/48 cm33053180
Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD20”/51 cm31851280
Tesla Model Y Performance Long Range AWD 21”/53 cm30348880
Tesla Model X Long Range AWD 20”/51 cm351565100
Tesla Model X Long Range AWD 22”/56 cm332534100
Tesla Model X Plaid AWD 20”/51 cm335539100
Tesla Model X Plaid AWD 22”/56 cm313504100
Tesla Model S Long Range AWD 19”/48 cm405652100
Tesla Model S Long Range AWD21”/53 cm375603100
Tesla Model S Plaid AWD 19”/48 cm396637100
Tesla Model S Plaid AWD 21”/53 cm348560100
The table above shows how far each Tesla model can travel with a full charge. You can use the table to see how each vehicle compares to another in terms of range. With this table, you can determine how many miles a Tesla will cover.

There you have it! You’ve seen how far the Tesla models can travel on a single charge; let’s find out how and where you can charge your vehicle.

And with that, I am off to the next section.

Charging Your Tesla

In the electric car market, Tesla has made a name for itself. Besides their cool vehicles, their charging infrastructure is top-notch.

You can charge your car anywhere with Tesla Wall Connectors, Destination Charging sites, and Superchargers.

The world is your charging station: yes, it’s true. Charging your vehicle is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Plug your car into a Tesla Wall Connector. This attaches directly to an electrical outlet at home. It’s a great way to get some juice while waiting for dinner or plug in and go to bed.
  2. Destination charging sites. Located throughout cities and at destinations like hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers, use these sites when traveling around town just by tapping onto a map. They show up once within range of your vehicle.
  3. The other option is Superchargers. These high-speed charging stations along major highways across the United States are very convenient for road trips out of town or anything long-distance.

Random Stat:

Tesla has over 20,000 supercharging stations worldwide. Nearly half are located in North America, and over half of those are in the US. California has the most, followed by Texas and Florida. As Tesla continues to roll out new models, the number of supercharging stations worldwide will increase significantly in the coming years.

The Durability of Teslas

When I first got my Tesla, I was like: “Yeah, this car is so cool. It’s sleek and makes me feel like the world is my oyster.” At the time, I didn’t think much about the cost of keeping the machine running. The only thing that mattered was that a beautiful control console would shine when I turned on the car. 

But as time passed, something began nagging at me: what if this car stops working one day? What if suddenly this amazing car just won’t run anymore?

Am I ready for that?

Do Miles Really Matter on a Tesla? Find out in this article that I wrote. I explain why miles don’t matter as much on a Tesla as they do on a regular ICE vehicle.

The Lifespan of a Tesla

In 2019, Elon Musk said that the Model 3’s drive unit and body could last a million miles. Currently, battery modules can last 300,000 to 500,000 miles (482,803 to 804,672 km) . Over the vehicle’s lifetime, the battery would need replacing once or twice.

While most people think a car will slow down and become less reliable as it ages, Tesla has proven that this isn’t necessarily the case. Their cars have a 1-million-mile (1,609,344-km) lifespan without losing any significant original performance.

The secret is in the batteries. The car will continue to perform relatively well as long as the battery is in good condition.

Did You Know:

Tesla is named after Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor who lived in the 19th century. He worked with alternating current and made many more contributions to the field of electrical engineering. Many of his inventions are still used today in cars and computers.

The Next-Generation Battery From Tesla

Tesla’s next-generation battery will be the first of its kind and change the EV manufacturing landscape.

Besides making green cars that are good for the environment, Tesla has been working on creating batteries that can power those same cars for a more extended range.

Here comes Tesla 4680 battery: a new battery cell in a bigger format. See what it’s all about in this video:

The 4680 cells are bigger and five times as powerful as current cells. Essentially, that enables Tesla to extend the range of its vehicles or use fewer batteries to maintain the same distance, thus lowering costs. Incorporating the batteries into the new Model Y will reduce complexity and weight while improving efficiency.

Tesla may not have the 4680 batteries in its vehicles for some time, but car prices might drop once they do, making Tesla EVs more affordable.

Tesla Fun Fact:

Tesla holds the record for fastest EV, with recorded top speed exceeding 250 mph. The Telsa Roadster 2020 takes just 1.9 seconds to go from 0–60 mph, a mere 4.2 seconds to reach 100mph, and 8.9 seconds to cover a quarter-mile stretch. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Charge My Tesla Every Night?

You should charge your Tesla every night with a low-voltage charger. Use a Wall Connector at home. Don’t let the battery run low; only use DC Fast Charging when necessary, such as on lengthy trips.

How Do I Charge My Tesla at Home Effectively? 

To charge your Tesla at home effectively, use a Wall Connector. For a 120 volt outlet, you can use a NEMA 5-15 adapter. Depending on the car, it can provide between two and four miles per hour of charge. 


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