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Most EVs can take in about 32 amps, adding around 25 miles of range per hour of charging. The quickest charging time occurs usually between 20% and 80% of a full charge.
ChargePoint and EVgo are two of the largest and more popular EV fast charging networks. Tesla has its own fast charging network called Supercharging. The original V1 and V2 Tesla supercharging stations charge with up to 150 kW of power distributed between two cars with a maximum of 150 kW per car, depending on version. V3 supercharging statios peak rates of up to 250kW per car.
Here's a tool that we love to calculate how much charging your Tesla costs and how long is it going to take.
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One of the first questions that comes up when buying a Tesla is home charging. Do I need to spend money on installing a new power outlet and how much? Here's some helpful guidance on the alternatives out there for charging an EV at home- specifically a Tesla- in the United States and Canada.
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EVgo has published a great article about charging ettiquete and while not all of it applies to Tesla, it’s pretty helpful. The most important things in the article for me are: a) charging spaces are for charging and b) keep the space tidy.
BTW Peter Coombe (@justIVfun on Twitter) is running an iniciative called AdoptASupercharger (@TeslaAdopt on Twitter) to keep Superchargers clean. Reach out to him if you want to volunteer your time to keep your local Spercharger tidy.
Read more: EVgoFrom issue #74
ABetterRoutePlanner introduces a bunch of new features and exclusive features for Premium subscribers
One of our favorite tools for road trip planning, ABetterRoutePlanner, is introducing a Premium subscription and a bunch of cool new features with their latest software update. This is what ABRP 4.0 has to offer for Premium subscribers:
Weather forecasts and real time weather, which automatically affects the plan
Real time traffic to give you more realistic driving times
Live charger availability and forecasts for Tesla Superchargers
Affordable and convenient way to get Tesla cables off the garage floor, trip-free charging from above
A while back I asked folks on Twitter about their garages and @paulbraren shared a pretty cool solution that I loved to avoid tripping with the cables on the floor. He recently published a short video where you can see it in action.
It was about time, Airbnb!From issue #167
Along with the preconditioning of the battery, Tesla is delivering an additional 14 kW charging peak for the cars with the 75kWh battery. Honestly, I love how our cars keep getting better and better.
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #57
The main change introduced is the ability to let businesses collect payments for charging. Tesla now leaves purchase and installation up to the business, but that will be the total cost for businesses that opt in to charge through electric costs. There will not be any fear of getting surprised by the ongoing costs of customers using it. That’s way easier to fit into a budget for all kinds of businesses.From issue #124
SmartCharge New York has launched a new program to help EV owners reduce the cost of charging and enhance electric grid efficiency and resiliency. The gist of it is that you get rewards for charging in the Con Edison service territory and off-peak hours, which let you earn up to $1,000.
Read more: FleetCarmaFrom issue #90
ChargePoint and NATSO are planning to spend $1 billion dollars to add charging to truck stops across the country. This is great news and a huge step towards implementing a robust charging infrastructure in key traveling areas across the center rural America. Go more charging options!
Read more: CleanTechnicaFrom issue #98
Last week we highlighted a story about road trips and Tesla, this week I wanted to highlight charging during a road trip. According to this Model 3 owner who recently traveled between Maryland and Washington state and back (6,300 miles!), he only spent ~$350 in charging the car. This same trip would’ve cost about ~$586 with a mid-size gas car in the US. If you’re curious to know the rest of the trip conditions and facts, check out the post.From issue #127
NIO released a mobile charging service that recently expanded to other cars including Tesla. Honestly, I think something like this would make a lot of sense in the US. You could just park anywhere and a van would come and charge your car, brilliant!
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #55
If you own an electric car you probably know by now how the economics of it are different from ICE cars. EVs have fewer moving parts, don’t need to replace oil twice a year, and the price of electricity is much lower and controlled than gas, as the article states “The potential savings are huge. Fleet owners’ biggest expenses after depreciation (44%) are fuel (22%) and maintenance and repairs (11%), according to Deloitte. EVs could slash those by more than half.” As an example of this, the article shows how the maintenance cost for an electric Ford Focus is $386 versus $1,805 to maintain the gas version.
Read more: QuartzFrom issue #86
The Reddit user u/shlomoww created a filter to do just that, simply go to his page and to Airbnb from there. 🙌🙌🙌🙌From issue #152
After the 2019.40.* updates that introduced Supercharging improvements for Model 3 MR, SR and SR+ cars, the first reports are starting to fly around. @TeslaOwnersLV (with an SR+) has reported seeing charging rates of 600 mph in a V2 Supercharger. Before the update, his charging rate usually leveled off at around 100-106 kW. Way to go Tesla!
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #90
After freezing rain Trevor shows us how the preheat feature helps to defrost his Model 3. Well, everything but the charge port. If I’m not mistaken - being in the Bay Area there aren’t many cold days here - starting to charge the vehicle would have resulted in the charge port being defrosted as well.
Germany has recently announced they’re planning on forcing petrol stations to provide electric car charging as well. They are committed to making the EV numbers go up and they are starting by trying to reduce range anxietyanxiety- they have identified that 97% of the reason why people aren’t buying electric cars is range anxiety. Germany is also planning on investing 2.5 billion euros on battery cell production and charging infrastructure.
Read more: ReutersFrom issue #115
Google Maps is working to improve the experience of finding charging stations for electric vehicles. Optimized search and listings surface more detailed information like ports availability, and supports Tesla, ChargePoint, and several other networks around the world.
Read more: 5to9GoogleFrom issue #29
Earlier this year, Google added the ability to search for charging stations. Now, they are introducing the ability to filter results based on what type of plugs are available. It’s great to see how Google is catching up with key features for EV owners like this one.
Read more: Android PoliceFrom issue #90
It looks clean and practical, good idea!From issue #172
“Compare The Market” offers a very general overview of electricity rates and calculates how much it would cost to charge up a Tesla. All calculations are based on a MS with a 100 kWh battery charge & 259 miles per charge. The cheapest country is Chile where it costs $2.70 per 100 miles. The most expensive is Denmark where it costs $13.13 per 100 miles.
Read more: Compare The MarketFrom issue #64
A new recap of short FSD Beta videos running the latest update 2020.40.8.12:
- Roundabout testing. Still not perfect but doing a pretty good job, all things considered!
- Avoiding road debris. I feel like FSD is definitely getting better at avoiding objects in the middle of the road. What do you think?
- Charging port open & close FSD beta new UI. The new UI changes coming with the FSD beta make the user experience more intuitive, for example, when opening and closing the charging port.
NeoCharge is rolling out newer versions of their Smart Splitters (Dual Car and Dryer Splitter) which are now available on their website. If you’re not familiar with what they do, their Dryer Splitter allows you to share your existing NEMA plug (NEMA 10-30 appliance or a NEMA 14-30) between your appliances and your EV car. The best thing is you can take the splitter anywhere and it doesn’t require panel upgrades.
They are also offering a $20 discount to Tesletter readers with the code ‘TESLETTER’ at checkout. Get $20 off NeoCharge’s Smart SplittersFrom issue #116
A new Tesla wall connector is on the Tesla Shop, it not only has a longer cord but it comes with Wi-Fi connection:
“Monitor your charge with the Tesla app and receive notifications when complete. Wi-Fi connectivity enables over-the-air firmware updates and remote service if necessary.”
Read more: Tesla ShopFrom issue #94
If you are in Northern California and currently have the EV-A rate plan from PG&E, we’ve got news for you. There’s a new plan where the cheapest off-peak rate is from midnight to 3pm at $0.16 / kWh. This plan used to go from 11pm until 6am on weekdays (no change on weekends) and at $0.13 / kWh. In other words, you get more hours of a low price although it’s a bit higher than the previous off-peak rate. At the same time, this rate reduces the cost during peak hours to $0.47 / kWh. Depending on how you use your electricity this change may actually be an increase on your bill, so be aware.
Read more: Tesla ForumFrom issue #76
SwissFamilyTesla got his referral award Signature Black Wall Connector a few weeks ago. He got confirmation from Tesla that it is the first one delivered in Switzerland.#26
Nice idea to avoid strangers to unplug cars from L2 chargers. I just wish it would be less complicated (you need to have a lock with you) and not that easy to mess with the charger (lock it when not in use, lock it when plugged in someone else’s car, etc.).
Read more: FacebookFrom issue #87
This week Elon also confirmed on Twitter, in a reply to our friend Rafael (Teslatino), what up until now were mainly just rumors about Tesla opening their Supercharger network to other EVs. It looks like it’s going to happen later this year. While there are some mixed opinions in the community, and it seems like the majority of Tesla owners aren’t that happy about other cars taking the charging spots, in my opinion, making the Supercharger network accessible to others at a premium will not only help accelerate the world’s transition to EVs but also, hopefully, fund the opening of new Supercharging stations around the globe.From issue #173
Ian Pavelko and Trevor Page from Tesla Owners Online have finally been able to complete this epic coast-to-coast nonstop road trip across Canada. It took them 73 hours… who said EVs can’t be used in cold weather? Or bad for road trips? This is amazing and will for sure help a lot of people realize EVs are a solid choice and are here to stay. Check out their video sharing the good and the bad of this adventure.
As you move the slider of the charging limit, now the Tesla mobile app shows an estimate of how many miles that translates to.
REad more: RedditFrom issue #87
Tesla has recently been making moves to enable payments at charging stations in its Destination Charging network, but it also enables charging electric vehicles at apartments. Hopefully, this encourages more places to include chargers!From issue #139
It is always great seeing others releasing fast charging stations so we can all travel to more places.#67
The new CCS superchargers are fast, look the graph of this Model 3 in FastNed (Netherlands).
Read more: RedditFrom issue #46
A group of dedicated Tesla owners and drivers has built an electric vehicle charging network that spans Australia, providing any and all EV drivers with a usable charging route while they wait for governments and industry to catch up.
Read more: reneweconomy.com.auFrom issue #11
Don’t have a garage and are considering a Tesla? If so, read this post. Do you have a Tesla but not a garage? Maybe you want to share your experiences.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #68
It’s always great news to hear that Tesla cars will be able to charge in more and more places. This time Tesla and EVgo have partnered to start including Tesla connectors at EVgo charging stations. Honestly, this would be even better if they start by adding them to chargers where Tesla needs them the most because of the lack of Superchargers, but anywhere is good!
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #91
Tesla V3 Superchargers for Europe being made in the Buffalo Gigafactory 2 are planned to arrive in Europe in early April. We’re not sure what’s going to happen with their installation due to current events, but we hope that France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands can get their promised permanent V3 Superchargers soon.From issue #106
This seems to be a Model 3 only. From the release notes: “When you set mobile preconditioning to HI, the climate system will better thaw your charge port in freezing conditions”
Read more: ElectrekFrom issue #40
The first Model 3 MIC has been delivered in Europe and, since you can always charge it to 100%, Tesla removed the daily/trip recommendation.From issue #141
Tesla’s Supercharging network is not only beneficial to Tesla but also to other EVs. A true fact, although not so well known by most, is that Superchargers and in fact being made accessible to other electric vehicles.From issue #143
Awesome news for future Tesla owners in Europe! Tesla is embracing the standard which enables Teslas to use other networks in Europe without special adapters.
Read more: Auto ExpressFrom issue #34
If your UMC is outdoors, you might want to consider some type of enclosing to avoid it ending up breaking due to the weather conditions. This Reddit user showed us what he built for $85, “$30 for the post $30 for the stainless hardware $15 paint $10 electrical box and receptacle”.From issue #163
In absolute numbers, California is first with nearly 37,000 units, but if we talk about the highest number per electric vehicle, the winning state is Vermont with 725 per 1,000 EVs.From issue #165