How to charge a Tesla Model X
The Tesla Model X uses the Type 2 charging standard, which is used for both AC and DC charging. The Type 2 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC spots. It is also used to carry high power during fast DC charging from the Type 2 connector. On the Tesla Model S, the Type 2 inlet is located on the rear 3/4 panel, close to where you would expect a gasoline hatch, though the Tesla’s opening is much smaller.
The Tesla Model X is capable of slow, fast, and quick charging from public points, depending on the network and type of charging unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging requires a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, both of which are usually supplied with the vehicle. Fast charging requires a Type 2 connector that is attached to the charging unit.
How long does it take to charge a Tesla Model X?
The table below shows the approximate charging times for the Tesla Model X Long Range. Times are for 100% charge for all models except fast charging, which is given for 0-80% because most fast chargers reduce or cut power long before reaching 100% charge to protect the battery and maximize performance.
Keep in mind that the times given are only a guideline, as it is very rare for a car to need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that can affect charging times include ambient temperature, vehicle energy load, upper and lower charging limits to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and slowing the rate of charging as maximum charge is reached.
Rapid 120kW Supercharger Fast 22kW Sfast 7kW Slow 3kW
The Tesla Model X comes standard with a 16.5 kW on-board charger, which covers all applications except DC fast charging. This means that even when connected to a fast charger rated above 16.5 kW, the Model X will only be able to charge up to 16.5 kW.
Use Zap-Map’s home charging calculator to estimate your Tesla Model X’s charging time. Battery level, connector speed, and on-board charger options can be adjusted to your requirements for more accurate results.
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model X?
The table below shows the estimated cost to charge a 100 kWh Tesla Model X battery at home (on a national tariff) or at a fast charging point. The estimated costs depend on the amount of charge remaining, the usable capacity of the battery pack, and the age of the battery pack. Cost per mile is calculated based on estimated real world range.
|Home||16 p/kWh||£16.00||6.7 p/mile||Public Rapid||30 p/kWh up to 80% charge||£24.00||10.0 p/mile|
|Supercharger||24 p/kWh up to 80% charge||£19.20||8.0 p/mile|
Based on these figures, Tesla Model X Long Range fuel costs are 6-10 p/mile based on actual energy consumption, the cost depends on the type of charging. In general, home charging provides the cheapest cost per mile, while public fast charging is typically about twice as expensive. These fuel costs compare favorably with the 12-15 p/mile cost for conventional gasoline and diesel cars.
Tesla drivers benefit from the Supercharger network, which only Tesla models can use. Model X drivers get one free allowance per year and then typically pay 24p/kWh.
To find the cost and time to charge an EV at a public charging point, Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for each new or used plug-in vehicle. Results can be personalized for different electricity costs and required charging levels.
Charging a Tesla Model X at home
Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost-effective way to charge an electric car. Government grants are available for installing home electric vehicle charging points, and many companies offer a fully installed charging point for a set price.
Most home chargers are 3 kW or 7 kW. Higher-powered wall units typically cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but they cut in half the time it takes to fully charge an electric car. Many plug-in car manufacturers have agreements or partnerships with charging point providers, and in some cases provide a free home charging point as part of a new car purchase. Zap-Map recommends shopping around early, as there are many suitable products available on the market.
Charging a Tesla Model X on public networks
The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others found only in a specific region. The main UK networks include BP Chargemaster (Polar), Ecotricity, Pod Point and Charge Your Car. Tesla’s Supercharger network is also available to Model S drivers, providing ultra-fast charging.
Payment and access methods vary between networks, with some networks providing an RFID card and others providing a smartphone app to use their services. While most require you to create an account before using their services, many high-speed units equipped with contactless PAYG card readers have been installed.
While many electric vehicle charging points are free, most fast and instant chargers require payment of a fee. Charging tariffs typically include a fixed connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information on network tariffs, visit the Zap-Map Guide to Public Charging Point Networks.
Charging time for a Tesla Model X
The table below shows the estimated charging time for your Model X from empty to fully charged. For fast charging, we list the charging time from 20% to 80%, as charging is slower outside this range to protect the battery.
Charging method Typical at Charging time*Range/hour**From empty to full
|3-pin plug||Home||33 – 44 h||6 – 6 m/h|
|3.6kW||Home / Work||21 – 27 h||10 – 10 m/h|
|7kW||Home / Work / Public areas||11 – 15 h||19 – 20 m/h|
|22kW||Work / Work / Public areas||5 – 6 h||44 – 47 m/h|
|50kW||Public areas||60 – 80 min||67 – 70 m/30 min|
|150kW||Public locations||30 – 30 min||139 – 211 m/30 min|
* Based on estimates from Pod, charging time may vary depending on ambient temperature, battery condition (e.g. empty or half full), and charging rate variation. The maximum charging rate may also be limited by the vehicle.
** Range per hour is the number of miles you can get after one hour of charging at a given rate.
Connector type and charging rates
You can charge your Tesla Model X using a Type 2 connector at home, work, or at a public charging station. You can use the same connector for Supercharging on Tesla’s network.
Where you can charge a Tesla Model X
You can conveniently charge your Tesla Model X at home, plug it in when you get to work, or charge it (for free in most cases!) when you’re away from home at places like supermarkets and public parking lots.
Cost of charging a Tesla Model X
The cost of charging your car will vary depending on your home, work, and public charging points (below are our estimates). Charging at the Pod Point Network is usually free through the Pod Point App.
Location Average cost Cost/mile
|Home (empty to full)*.||£12.11 – £16.15||6.03p – 6.31p|
|Public fast chargers (20%-80%)**.||£10.69 – £14.25||8.87p – 9.28p|
* This assumes a tariff of 17p/kWh. The cost of charging at home will vary depending on the electricity tariff.
** Assumes 25p/kWh tariff used by most Pod Point fast chargers.
At home charging stations and Superchargers for Tesla cars
Charging your Tesla can take anywhere from an hour to 12 hours. The time it takes to charge your Tesla depends on how charged your car’s battery is and the type of charging station you use.
Each Tesla comes with several basic charging options. When you buy a Tesla Model S or Model X, you get a portable charging cable and three adapters: one for a standard wall outlet (NEMA 5-15), one for a higher-powered 240-volt wall outlet (NEMA 14-50), and one for public charging stations (except Tesla Superchargers).
NEMA 5-15 charging for Tesla
The NEMA 5-15 charging for Tesla electric cars plugs into a standard wall outlet and is the slowest type of Tesla EV charger available. A standard Tesla charger with a NEMA 5-15 plug will be able to offer about 3 miles of range per hour of charging. This type of charging station is best for overnight use at home.
NEMA 14-50 charging for Tesla
The NEMA 14-50 charging station for Tesla electric cars plugs into a 240-volt wall outlet, similar to the type used by a clothes dryer or other appliances. A standard Tesla charger with a NEMA 14-50 connector will be able to fully charge a Tesla battery in 10 hours (for Model S) to 10 ½ hours (for Model X).
Wall connectors for Tesla charging stations
Tesla offers home charging stations with wall connectors that serve as an “upgrade” from the standard charging cable provided when you purchase your Tesla. With the help of an electrician, you can install a wall connector to charge your Tesla Model S or Model X at home. The wall connector can fully charge a Tesla Model S battery in 6 to 9 hours, or a Model X battery in 6 ½ to 10 hours.
Tesla Supercharger stations are scattered around the country, so you can take your Model S or Model X on a road trip. These stations are only compatible with Tesla vehicles and can charge your car to full in one to one and a half hours.
Charge time for a Tesla Model S
Charger Level Charge Time
|NEMA 5-15||3 miles of range per hour|
|NEMA 14-50||10 ½ hours|
|Wall connector||6 to 9 hours|
Charge time for a Tesla Model X
Charger level Charging time
|NEMA 5-15||3 miles of range per hour|
|NEMA 14-50||12 hours|
|Wall connector||6 ½ to 10 hours|
|Supercharger||1 ½ hours|
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?
Electric cars, such as the Tesla Model S and Model X, offer significant everyday fuel savings by efficiently using electricity as fuel. The cost to fully charge a Tesla depends on what kind of car you own and where you live, as electricity prices vary by utility and state. The price to “fill up” a Tesla Model S battery at home ranges from $6.60 (in Washington state) to just over $21 (in Hawaii). For the Tesla Model X, prices will range from $6.70 (Washington State) to nearly $22.00 (Hawaii).
Cost to charge a Tesla Model S in top states
Location Rate per kWh of electricity Price of a full charge
Cost to charge a Tesla Model X in top states
Location Rate per kWh of electricity Full charge price
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