See What It’s Like To Supercharge A Tesla Model 3


Check out this YouTuber’s first time Supercharging his new Tesla Model 3.

Young Tesla is at the Riverside Supercharger giving us a firsthand look at the process involved in using a Supercharger. Of course, any current Tesla owner will already have this process down pat, but there is a multitude of new Model 3 owners who may be tackling it for the first time.

More Information: Tesla Model 3 Charging At Supercharger

While it’s not difficult, it’s nice for those who’ve never used a Tesla Supercharger before to have a little heads up on charging, as well as some specific information related to understanding what’s going on via the car’s touch-screen interface.

He starts at 49 miles and the vehicle tells him it will take about 50 minutes to get back to his 290-mile max charge. Charging is at 72 kW, which adds over 230 miles per hour.

In the end, after the full 50 minutes, he gets to the daily limit he has set and finishes with 276 miles of range (about 80-percent capacity). The total cost was $10.60. It’s pointed out that when he charged the Model X at the same Supercharger, it took an hour and a half.

Video Description via Young Tesla on YouTube:

These are some of my experiences charging the Tesla Model 3. I love the supercharger network! Even though it is not free for Model 3s, I love using it! I will be uploading more at the end of this month as I am making my way finishing editing all the random clips I have! Thank you guys!

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26 Comments on "See What It’s Like To Supercharge A Tesla Model 3"

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Tesla wins the charger race, hands down. All the others car makers are posers.

Sorry GM. Our Bolt is our perfect car, but without a real charging network we are second class citizens.

A much cheaper PHEV typically allows me 100% EV in my daily driving yet would only cost about $5 more at current gas prices than what he got charged (pun intended) at the current supercharger rates; rates that are no longer guaranteed just like gasoline. PLUS, I didn’t have to spend an hour of my life at a truck stop (on my route) with only a McDonalds. The bolt would require 1 & 1/2 stops but currently no chargers on that same route.

I really like the benefits of dual-fuel.

I love my Gen I Volt but I wish it had Gen II range and rear seats as roomy for both headroom and legroom as a Bolt. The Bolt does have half an inch less front legroom but that is a small price to pay for a roomier back seat.
And it wouldn’t hurt if my perfect GM car had rear AC vents like the Bolt does, I don’t think the Volt has them yet.
So if I got the best of the Gen II and the Bolt in one car… LOL!

I get your point. But I want to see ICE go away ASAP, as in banned. Never going to happen, but I won’t use it anymore.

For $10.60, I can refill my Prius PHEV with 5 gallons in 1 minute. That 5 gallon can get me 275~315 miles. In case of hurricane or a war blackout, I can still get away without the merchandise of grid availability. Hack, FEMA may even give me a free refill!

A Prius doesn’t even compare to a Leaf in driving ability, let far alone the Model 3.

And if you own a driveway (like most new car buyers), then most of the year the Model 3 takes only 10 seconds of your time to add 300 miles.

Good luck getting gas pumps to work without electricity!!!
OTOH, I can plug into our solar grid and in a day, have a full battery. Likewise, plenty of homes with solar that we can tap assuming that chaos reigns.
And slowly, Tesla is adding solar/battery to these charge areas. Down the road, these will be the only thing running in an emergency.

Seriously, with a Prius, you are doubly screwed. Higher likelihood of things going out.

Where is gas so cheap? I thought gas was more than $2 a gallon in the States.

Here in Ontario, Canada I pay $1.35 * 3.78541 = $5.11 CND per gallon * 0.79 = $4.04 USD per gallon.

Earl, Not that it matters much, but I notice the Esso @ 10579 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3C5 (Tim Hortons & On the Run, on Google Maps) – had Reg. for $1.269 Yesterday! About 9 Cents Less than only just south of there on Rutherford, at the usual $1.359! Also – the Shell Station at 9305 ON-11, Orillia, ON L3V 6H3 – is listing today at $1.26(.9 Likely)!

@Dan, For a lot less upfront purchase price I would get Honda Civic above Toyota Prius. For driving dynamic, Civic is a class above any Toyota in its price range.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of PHEVs don’t have enough charge to be near 100% EV for the average daily commute, and aren’t much cheaper, either.

I agree with your general logic, and in 2012, I even thought Tesla would fail due to the easy path to 40-mile PHEVs for the big automakers, along with the seemingly formidable challenge of building a high speed charging network.

In reality, PHEVs never really got the engineering effort they deserved. Even the Volt should’ve been a crossover, had a flatter pack without loss of cabin space, and had a less complex drivetrain to lower cost.

It’s a shame the model 3’s take longer to charge- are these going to clog up the superchargers more than we already fear? The smaller 220mile battery pack not yet released charges even slower, right? Don’t get me wrong I can’t wait til there’s millions of Teslas on the roads.

If Tesla built them this way because it’s cheaper to build with this slower charging ability then I’m surprised there isn’t an option to pay, say, $1000-2000 more to have faster charging abilities. For folks where the time saved is worth the money it’d be a good option and free up spots at SC’s.

Why do you think the Model 3 takes longer to charge? The site shown uses the “Urban Superchargers” which have a fixed split of the 145kW Supercharger cabinet to deliver 72kW per pedestal. The normal Superchargers can use a variable split up to 120kW per pedestal. It has been shown that a Model 3 LR can charge at 116kW. We don’t yet know the maximum charge rate of the 220 mile battery pack because they haven’t been sold yet.

In the end of the article says it took him 50 minutes and in his X at the same charger it takes 30 minites. Granted maybe the X maybe has a shorter total range (75D?).

Oh cool- i see now “hour and a half” for the X. Thanks!

Oooops! Snookered yourself on that one! Yup! The Long Range Model 3 Does OK! Consider this – While Google Maps Tells me the 100% Drive Time from A to B, it does not calculate in Stopping Times, for Snacks, Gas, Restroom/Washroom Breaks, etc., So – when it says From Home to Massanutten Dr, Massanutten, VA 22840, USA & Back only takes 18 Hours & 7 Minutes, Return, and covers just 1,018 Miles, It took me from about 10:00AM to about 3:30 AM to Get Home (One Way), Which Google Says should take 8 Hours & 59 Minutes, for 508 Miles, but took me about 17.5 Hours, with my Stops (including a 3 Hour Backtrack from Buffalo area back to Erie, to pick up an important item left behind at a Restaurant!), or about basically 14.5 hours to drive Googles stated 9 Hours! Sure – Some People Speed More, Pack a Lunch, and Hunker down in the car – basically going the distance, I don’t Road Trip like that as much as I have, and never really did much of the Pack a Lunch and Go thing, even though I brought ‘Road Snacks!’ So – While the Tesla Supercharger Page –… Read more »

Tesla advertises 170 miles in 30 min for long range model and 130 miles for base. The LR model is about 50% faster, and about 50% larger battery, so right in line with what I would expect.

Where does it say the Model 3 is slower charging? It’s the other way around. It took 50 minutes for the Model 3 for what it took an hour and half (90 minutes) for the X.

Sorry – read the article too fast. My mind made hour and a half into half an hour.

Got that Elon Time Syndrome?

His thinking is infectious I suppose. In my defense I was sleep deprived from being on call… I imagine he’s often sleep deprived too. Of course my messaging on this site while not 100% isn’t quite the same as his tweets read by thousands of loyal followers and Wall St slime mold.

“It’s a shame the model 3’s take longer to charge- are these going to clog up the superchargers more than we already fear?”

In terms of miles added per minute of charging, the Model 3 charges about as fast as a Model S or X, or in some cases slightly faster.

I suppose you’re talking in terms of kWh per minute of charge. But the TM3 driver doesn’t care about that, because his car uses fewer kWh per mile than a Model S/X.

The best way to get a battery pack which charges faster, in terms of kWh added per minute, is to put a higher capacity pack into the car. It would not be cost-effective for the TM3 (or other long-range BEVs) to pay extra for battery cells which can withstand a higher charging rate — essentially, higher power — because if you’re gonna spend more money on the pack, then the best use of that extra money is to put in more capacity. That gives you longer range, in addition to the ability to charge faster.

He did charge at an Urban supercharger, which is limited to 72KW. He would charge a bit faster at a standard supercharger. He charged the X at a standard supercharger, notice it started over 100KW. He also started a 3 at the standard supercharger and it charged more range in the same approximately 50 minutes.

Having access to a convenient and reliable fast charge network for those occasional long distance trips… only Tesla.

Hopefully non-Tesla EVs will also have this feature benefit sometime in the future… currently high talk but slow progress.

Urban charger charges up to 200 amperes maximum. The old 2 bay superchargers (with one bay empty) seems to give around 100 kw to the model 3 car when empty.

So Tesla is the Best in the Fast Charging Race.

FYI you are at a Urban SC with 60 kW rate of power. A full Super Charger is 120 kW or double the speed.