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Tesla Charging: Everything you need to know to charge your Tesla in Australia

Wanting to become an expert on Tesla charging? Or maybe you just want to know how much it costs to charge a Tesla? We’re going to go over all the frequently asked questions about charging your up a Tesla.

With Australia’s unique power infrastructure and charging ports, single or three phase power, and abundance of solar energy, there are many unique options and possibilities for Tesla charging.

A photo of a Tesla Charging port
In Australia, Tesla use the ‘Mennekes’ or ‘Type 2’ connector. Some newer models also use a ‘CCS2’ connectors.

FAQs about Tesla charging:

We’ve collated some frequently asked questions about how to charge a Tesla, to hopefully provide you all the information you need. If you have any more questions, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to answer and possibly even update the article.

How long does it take to charge a Tesla?

This can vary depending on if you’re charging at home, what setup you have at home or if you’re charging at a supercharger.
Charge speed is measured in range added per hour, or (+km/hr).

ConnectionOutputModel 3 & Y (+km/hr)
3 Phase 16A11 kW75
Single Phase 32A7.4 kW50
Single Phase 16A3.5 kW25
Single Phase 10A2.3 kW15
Gen 4 Supercharger250 kW1200*
*Tesla claims that their fourth generation superchargers can charge ~300km in 15 minutes.

So know we know how fast certain connections can charge, we can figure out how long it will take to fill each Tesla back to 100%. Although, for regular use, Tesla recommends only charging to 80%-90%.

A photo of a Tesla Supercharging location with a solar roof and a white Tesla
Superchargers can fully charge a Tesla in under 20 minutes, in the right conditions.
ModelRange (km)Supercharger3 Phase 16ASingle Phase 10A
Model 3 RWD49125 minutes7 Hours33 Hours
Model 3 Long Range60230 minutes8 Hours40 Hours
Model 3 Performance54727 minutes7 Hours36 Hours
Model Y RWD45523 minutes6 Hours30 Hours
Model Y Long Range53327 minutes7 Hours36 Hours
Model Y Performance51426 minutes7 Hours34 Hours
Please note that these are based off math from Tesla range values, and actual battery and charging performance may differ due to factors such as temperature and battery age.

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

This can vary a lot, either by state / territory or if you’re charging off peak, at a Supercharger, or at an off brand charger. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll look at off peak overnight charging, and charging with a Tesla Supercharger.

How much does charging at a Supercharger cost?

Assuming you don’t have any credits, bonuses or discounts like some drivers have been offered, pricing is separated into tiers.

  • Tier 1 – <= 60kW – This is the lowest price charging
  • Tier 2 – > 60 & <= 100 kW – This is the second cheapest charging tier
  • Tier 3 – > 100 & <= 180 kW – This is the the most common pricing tier
  • Tier 4 – > 180 kW – Not all Superchargers support this and it is the most expensive

As the current price of Tesla Supercharging is $0.51/kWh, and the average consumption on a Model 3 and Model Y ranges from 14.4 to 15.7 kWh per 100km, a 500km charge at a Supercharger should cost around $37 for a Model 3 and $40 for a Model Y.

While that is a bit expensive, that’s for Supercharging and is still much cheaper than petrol or diesel at the moment.

How much does it cost to charge my Tesla at home?

As mentioned earlier, electricity prices can vary wildly across Australia. Using the same figure that Tesla does of $0.35 per kWh at home, we can calculate costs for each model.

A Tesla charging stand for charging a Tesla at home
A Tesla home charging stand can provide a nice alternative to mounting inside your garage.
ModelRange (km)Cost ($AUD)
Model 3 RWD491$24.75
Model 3 Long Range602$30.34
Model 3 Performance547$27.57
Model Y RWD455$25.00
Model Y Long Range533$29.29
Model Y Performance514$28.24
Prices listed are for a complete charge at $0.35/kWh

That wraps up most that you need to know about Tesla Charging, stay tuned for our posts about Tesla Supercharging, including tips and tricks to use them efficiently. If you’ve got any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below. Otherwise, read more about Tesla here.

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