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Home Charging Installation

The best place to charge your Tesla is at home, overnight. Plug in when you get home and wake up to a full charge for the day.

How do I install home charging equipment?
There are three main steps:

Step one: Find an Electrician
Tesla works with local qualified electricians who can install your home charging equipment. Enter your zip code here to find installers in your area and reach out to them to receive an obligation- free quote for your installation.

Step two: Review the quote.

  • Ensure you are happy with the charge rate and it makes sense relative to your on-board charger (table below)
  • Ensure that the Wall Connector will reach your charge port (left rear taillight)
  • Installation must comply with AS/NZ3000 wiring regulations
  • All works must be carried out by a licensed electrician

Step three: Plan Installation.

  • The Wall Connector comes in the trunk at delivery and you can charge off your Mobile Connector in the interim
  • It is recommended that pre-wiring is complete prior to taking delivery of your vehicle, this can take 1-2 days
  • Schedule your Wall Connector installation to occur 1-3 days after your delivery date. The installation should take less than 1hr if pre-wiring is complete
  • Retain your invoice or certificate of compliancy for warranty purposes

How fast can I charge at home?
A maximum charge rate depends on three components, shown below. The component that channels the least power, referred to as the “slowest link”, determines the maximum charge rate.

Grid connection at your home
Grid connection size & configuration varies in New Zealand, an electrician will be able to determine your capacity, current electrical demand and safely install your Wall Connector.

Tesla Wall Connector
The maximum power output of the Wall Connector is 22 kW, meaning it is never the slowest link of the home charging installation.

Your Tesla
The onboard charger, which is built into your car, has a maximum rate at which it can deliver energy to the battery. * Different Tesla cars have different onboard charger capabilities.

Your Tesla Onboard Charger Rate (kW)* Typical Added Range
Model 3 11 75 km/h
Model S / Model X 16.5 90-80 km/h
Model S before May 2016 11 or 22
Check vehicle configuration
60 km/h
110 km/h

What home charging equipment is available?
There are two connector options:

Hardware Description

Wall Connector

The Wall Connector is included with all new vehicles as standard equipment. Tesla recommends the Wall Connector as the most dynamic home charging hardware for Model S, Model X and Model 3. Customisable to almost any power supply, the Wall Connector will provide faster charging speeds and the most convenience for home charging.

Learn more about the Wall Connector.

Mobile Connector

The Mobile Connector is also included with all new vehicles as standard equipment. Use this connector cable to plug into standard 230V outlets as a backup charging option.

Learn more about the Mobile Connector.

CCS Combo 2 Adaptor

TThe CCS Combo 2 Adaptor is included with all new Model S & X vehicles. This can be used with compatible CCS Combo 2 charging stations.

Different Tesla cars have different charging capabilities. Learn more about the onboard charger.

How do I install charging in a multi-unit dwelling?
For customers who live in multi-family buildings, there may be additional levels of management approval before you can get started.

We've created a Template letter requesting approval for charging installation in your private carpark. Customise this to communicate the value of home charging for you and your building, to ensure all stakeholders are aware of your planned purchase, and desire to have electric vehicle.

Tesla has years of experience working with property managers and recommending solutions that meet the needs of each stakeholder. For additional information, contact us at charging_nz@tesla.com.



Frequently Asked Questions


Home Charging Behavior

What percentage should I charge the battery to?
Adjust the charge percentage of the battery in the settings menu on your touchscreen. For most Tesla owners, 80% charge is sufficient for regular daily use. We recommend setting higher charging limits only for long distance travel.

Should I wait for the battery to fully deplete before charging?
Tesla uses lithium ion batteries so there is no memory effect. This means there is no need to deplete the battery before charging. We recommend plugging in as often as possible.

How long does it take to charge a Tesla?
Home charging time depends on the power source, the charging connector and the car. An electrician can determine the available power at your home during a site visit. Find the charge rate for new Tesla cars at various power levels in the table below.

Output Power Power Settings Range added per hour* (km/h)
Power (kW) Phase + Amps Model 3 Model S Model X
16.5 3phase 24A 75 90 80
11 3phase 16A 75 60 54
7.4 Single phase 32A 50 38 34
3.7 Single phase 16A 25 19 17
2.3 Single phase 10A 15 13 11
Output Power Power Settings Range added per hour* (km/h)
Power (kW) Phase + Amps Model 3 Model S Model X
16.5 3phase 24A 75 90 80
11 3phase 16A 75 60 54
7.4 Single phase 32A 50 38 34
3.7 Single phase 16A 25 19 17
2.3 Single phase 10A 15 13 11

* Please be aware that charge rates can be influenced by external factors (state of charge, extreme temperatures)

Home Charging Solutions

Do I have to install a Tesla Wall Connector?
The Wall Connector is our recommended home charging solution, as it provides the most convenience and the fastest charging speeds. However, a Tesla can also be charged with the Mobile Connector or at universal charging stations with the CHAdeMO adaptor.

Can I use a normal 230V outlet to charge?
Yes. The Mobile Connector is included as standard equipment with all new Tesla cars and can plug into a 10 amp 230V outlet. This provides approximately 10km of range per hour of charge. For the best home charging experience, we recommend installing a Wall Connector.

Home Charging Installation

How much does installing a Tesla home charging equipment cost?
Cost varies depending on the local circumstances. You may want to get multiple installation quotes. Tesla provides a list of recommended electricians in your area who can provide you a quote based on a free site visit.

How long does it take to install home charging equipment?
An installation can typically be done in a day, however more complicated jobs may run across a few days.

I have two Tesla cars. What’s the best option for charging both at the same time?
Installing two Wall Connectors configured for power sharing would be the best option. Up to four Wall Connectors can be linked together to share power. Check the video and installation manual for more information on power sharing capabilities.

Supercharging and Destination Charging

Why is Supercharging faster than charging at home?
Superchargers skip the onboard charger of the vehicle, providing up to 120kW of direct current (DC) power to the battery. This level of power requires dedicated transformers and utility connections which are not available in residential situations.

Can I just use a local Supercharger and skip charging at home?
The best charging experience will always come from charging at home and this often costs less than Supercharging. Check the Supercharging support page for more information on usage and the price per kWh.

Where can I learn more about long distance traveling utilizing the Tesla Supercharger network?
Plan your route with the trip planner or see an overview of our current and future Superchargers.

What is Destination Charging?
We work with hotels, resorts, restaurants and other hospitality based locations to install Wall Connectors to enable charging when away from home. Learn more about Destination Charging.

Support

Contact Customer Support or check these resources:

Find an electrician
Wall Connector installation manuals and video
Phone for technical support: 0800 004 029
Email for charging questions: charging_nz@tesla.com

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