Charging Your Car
Tesla charging allows you to charge wherever you normally park – overnight at home, during the day at your workplace, or around the city.
Tesla recommends using home or workplace charging to serve most of your charging needs.
A Tesla Wall Connector offers the fastest charging speed for home charging. Wall Connectors are available with either an 8.5’ or 24’ cable length. You can purchase a Tesla Wall Connector at any Tesla Service Center or online in the Tesla Shop.
Learn more about charging at home.
When away from home, Tesla Superchargers and Destination Charging networks have you covered. You can locate Tesla charging stations through your touchscreen, via navigation and on the Tesla Find Us map.
Supercharger stations are placed on well-traveled routes and dense urban centers, allowing your car to charge to 80% in about 30 minutes. Located near helpful amenities like coffee shops and travel plazas, Superchargers are designed to charge quickly and get you back on the road.
Tesla’s Destination Charging network allows you to charge at thousands of convenient charging locations like local shopping centers, parking garages, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality locations.
Find a Destination Charger or Supercharger near you.
If you plan on using chargers outside of the Tesla Network, keep the included J-1772 adapter in your car to expand your charging options.
Your Tesla has built-in Trip Planner which will seamlessly route you to your end destination, automatically taking into account Supercharging stops, if required. Trip Planner tool can be accessed through your touchscreen by simply typing your destination and selecting “Navigate”.
All Superchargers are also displayed in your car’s Navigation to assist with route planning.
Third party charging stations can be located through Plugshare.com. Look for charging stations that are labeled as J1772, 120v, or 240v. Tesla provides these adapters through the Mobile Connector bundle that comes with your car at delivery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How fast can I charge?
At home or wherever you usually park, the Tesla Wall Connector can provide up to 44 miles of range per hour of charge, depending on the car and how much power you provide to the Wall Connector.
When on the road, Tesla Superchargers provide the fastest possible charging speed. When using Trip Planner, the vehicle will tell you exactly how long to charge before continuing on your journey. On average, drivers Supercharge for about 30 minutes before driving on.
What do the colors mean around the charge port?
- White: The charge port door is open. Your car is ready to charge, but the connector is not inserted, or the latch is released and the connector is ready to be removed.
- Blue: Your car detects that a connector has been plugged in.
- Blinking Blue: Your car is communicating with the connector. Either it is preparing to charge, or a charging session is scheduled to begin at a specified future time.
- Blinking Green: Charging is in progress. As your car approaches a full charge, the frequency of the blinking slows.
- Solid Green: Charging is complete.
- Solid Amber: The connector is not fully plugged in. Realign the connector to the charge port and insert fully.
- Blinking Amber: Your car is charging at a reduced current (AC charging only).
- Red: A fault is detected and charging has stopped. Check the instrument panel or touchscreen for a fault message.
Should I leave my Tesla plugged in while I am on a trip?
If you leave your car for an extended period of time, like when on a trip, plug it in to prevent normal range loss. This will also ensure that you return to a fully charged car. Your car is safe to leave plugged in for any length of time and due to advanced diagnostics, is smart enough to protect itself from overcharging.
What if I didn’t bring my charge cable and adapters with me?
Tesla Superchargers and Destination chargers in the Tesla network have all the equipment you need to charge.
When using third-party charging stations or planning to plug in at your destination, check the Universal Mobile Connectors and Adapters page.
How can I manually release the charge cable?
- Model S: The manual release lever is red and can be accessed by removing the small carpet flap on the left side in the trunk behind the charge port. Access the lever and turn it clockwise to release the cable.
- Model X: The release cable is on the left side of the trunk inside the air inlet, next to the trunk LED. Pull the cable to release the latch. Some older Model X cars are equipped with a red release lever instead. Remove the carpet trim on the left side inside the trunk behind the charge port to access the release lever.
- Model 3: Refer to "Manually Releasing Charge Cable" in your Owner's Manual.
What if I can't remove my charge cable from my charge port?
If your charge cable is stuck in your charge port, try the following:
- Unlock the car before attempting to remove the connector. When your car is plugged in and locked, the connector locks into the charge port and the indicator light around the charge port turns off.
- Ensure your car is unlocked via the key fob, key card or mobile app to allow the charge port latch to disengage.
- Press and hold the button on the charge connector. The charge port LED should turn white to indicate that it can be unplugged.
If the latch does not disengage by the standard method of unlocking, you may also try the following:
- Model S and Model X: Press and hold the trunk button on the key fob to drop the latch. Unplug as normal.
- Model 3: Open your mobile app, access the charging menu, and select "Open Charge Port" to drop the latch. Unplug as normal.
If the charge connector is stuck, and the charge port LED is yellow:
- Your charge connector is not positioned properly in the charge port. Do not press the button on the charge connector handle and push the connector firmly into the charge port.
- The charge port LED will change to solid or flashing green to indicate the car is fully plugged in.
- Unplug the charge connector as normal.
What if I run out of range and can't make it to a charging station?
Enter your destination into Navigation to allow Trip Planner to generate your route, charging stops and the recommended charge times, to ensure you reach your destination.
The Supercharger support page has information about Supercharging rates when on the road. If you do run out of range, contact Tesla Roadside Assistance and we can provide transport (at your cost) to the nearest charging station.