Home charging installation

We recommend charging your Tesla vehicle overnight, just like your mobile phone. Pull into your garage, plug in, and you will wake up to a full charge the next morning. Even better, electricity will only be a fraction of the cost of gasoline.

To prepare your home for charging, hire an electrician to install a dedicated circuit conveniently near where you will park your Tesla vehicle. The charge port is located in the driver side rear taillight. Follow the links below to learn more about Tesla charging:

Standard Equipment
Optional Charging Accessories
Vehicle On-Board Charger
Connector power options
Installing Charging Equipment at Home
Hiring an Electrician
Permits and inspections
Incentives
Multi-Unit Dwellings
Load sharing with multiple Wall Connectors

More Questions?
Email: charginginstallation@tesla.com
Phone: (650) 681-6133 (Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM)




 

Standard Equipment

Model S and Model X include the following charging accessories as standard equipment:

  • Mobile Connector (20 feet)
  • Adapter for standard 120 volt household outlets (NEMA 5-15)
  • Adapter for higher power 240 volt outlet (NEMA 14-50)
  • Adapter for public charging stations (SAE J1772)

The Mobile Connector and adapters are used to plug into various types of electrical outlets and can provide a maximum of 40 amps to a vehicle. Your delivery orientation specialist will review this hardware with you when you pick up your vehicle. To charge with the standard equipment, install a 240 volt NEMA 14-50 outlet at home.


 

Optional Charging Accessories

Optional charging accessories for Model S and Model X can be purchased from Tesla's online shop.
The most popular charging accessory is the Wall Connector, a charging station uniquely designed for Tesla vehicles. The Wall Connector can accommodate almost any power supply and allows for the fastest possible home charging.

Available in two cable lengths:


Review the one page Wall Connector overview to learn more about its features.

 

Vehicle On-Board Charger

Tesla vehicles have two on-board charger options. The standard charger is capable of 48 amps and the upgraded High Amperage Charger is capable of 72 amps.

The Mobile Connector is limited to 40 amps, regardless of on-board charger choice. To maximize your charging speed at home, install a Wall Connector for the fastest possible home charging.

Explore the differences in recharge speeds with the Home Charging Calculator.

 

Connector power options

Wall Connector circuit breaker options Mobile Connector outlet adapters Max power (kW) at 240 volts Estimated recharging speed,
miles per hour
Model X / Model S
100 amps N/A 19.2 kW * 45 / 52**
90 amps N/A 17.3 kW * 45 / 52
80 amps N/A 15.4 kW * 40 / 46
70 amps N/A 13.4 kW * 35 / 40
60 amps N/A 11.5 kW 30 / 34
50 amps NEMA 14-50 9.6 kW 25 / 29
45 amps N/A 8.6 kW 23 / 26
40 amps N/A 7.7 kW 20 / 23
35 amps N/A 6.7 kW 17 / 20
30 amps N/A 5.7 kW 14 / 17
25 amps N/A 4.8 kW 11 / 14
20 amps N/A 3.8 kW 8 / 11
15 amps NEMA 6-15 2.8 kW 5 / 7

*High Amperage Charger Upgrade is required for new vehicles to accept more than 11.5 kW single phase AC power (up to 17.3 kW).
**Classic Model S with Dual Chargers can recharge at up to 58 miles per hour at this power level.

 

Installing Charging Equipment at Home

When preparing to charge at home, there are two primary options Tesla owners choose from:

  • Install a 240 volt outlet, called a NEMA 14-50. Use the Mobile Connector included with your vehicle to plug into this outlet. Download the NEMA 14-50 installation guide.
  • Install a Tesla Wall Connector for faster charging and more convenience. Order a Wall Connector from the online shop or your local service center.

Compare differences between the Mobile Connector and Wall Connector.

Contact the home charging team if you need additional assistance or guidance.

 

Hiring an Electrician

A licensed electrician will need to visit your home to provide a quote for charging equipment installation. Cost of installation will vary by location, cost can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the scope of work. Some homes may require service panel upgrades or trenching to install home charging equipment, increasing the cost. Like any home improvement project, you may want to have 2 or 3 electricians provide a quote for your installation.

If you have a trusted electrician who is familiar with your home's electrical system, you are welcome to contact them for installation assistance.

We maintain a list of locale electricians referred by Tesla owners like yourself: Find an Electrician

 

Permits and Inspections

As with any home improvement project involving the electrical system, a permit and city or county inspection may be required. Ask your electrician to specify what the local regulatory requirements are for your area.

 

Incentives

A federal tax credit for Alternative Fuel Infrastructure is available for electric vehicle charging equipment installed through 2016. Ask a tax professional if you are eligible for IRS Form 8911.

Additional federal, state, and local incentives can be found on the Department of Energy alternative fuels data center.

Some utility companies offer a special time-of-use energy rate for electric vehicle owners. Contact your utility to inquire about special energy cost savings available to you.

SolarCity offers a $500 incentive to Tesla owners who install a new solar systems.

 

Multi-Unit Dwellings

Begin talking with property management about your intent to purchase a plug-in vehicle as early as possible. Ask if any of the neighbors have expressed similar interest, or if they have plans to add charging infrastructure to the building. We’ve put together a template letter to assist in requesting that property management approve charging equipment installations:

Template letter requesting approval for charging installation

The installation of charging equipment is a value-adding property upgrade for any apartment or condo community and will help retain and attract energy conscious high-value tenants. Contact charginginstallation@tesla.com if you have questions about the different options for charging equipment installations.

 

Load sharing with multiple Wall Connectors

Up to four Tesla Wall Connectors can be linked together to intelligently share power from a single circuit breaker. This functionality is beneficial for homes or commercial locations which need to charge more than one Tesla vehicle at the same time, but may not have enough power for multiple electrical circuits. For this type of installation, an electrician can provide a distribution box to split power between multiple Wall Connectors and install a communication cable which enables the units to operate as a network. This allows one station to provide maximum power to a single vehicle, or to split power when more than one Tesla is plugged in. To maximize charging speed we recommend installing the largest circuit breaker possible for the electrical panel, up to 100 amps.

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