Tesla Charging

Mobile Connector
The Mobile Connector is included with every Model S and allows you to charge almost anywhere.
up to 55
KM of Range Per Hour of Charge
Wall Connector
The Wall Connector is the fastest home charging solution when paired with Dual Chargers.
up to 110
KM of Range Per Hour of Charge
Charge Port
Flip open the hidden panel in the taillight to plug in your Connector.
The charger is on-board the car and converts AC power from the wall to DC power stored in the battery. Model S can be configured with a Single Charger (11 kW) or Dual Chargers (22 kW).
The battery stores energy. Model S can be configured with one of two batteries: 85 kWh or 60 kWh. Kilowatt hour (kWh) is a measure of electrical storage capacity.
Mobile Connector
(Coming mid 2015)
Charge Port
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Anywhere. Seriously. Where there's an outlet, you can charge. The type of outlet or charging station will determine how fast you can charge.

The most convenient time to charge is often at night, when your car is parked in your garage. Simply plug in when you arrive home. Model S will charge right away or at the time you’ve scheduled using the Touchscreen or a smart phone. Long before morning, your car will be charged and ready for the next adventure.

  • Your Model S comes with
    • *Recommended third party purchase: Type 2 Connector for public charging
    • Single Charger (11 kW)
    • Mobile Connector comes with adapters for a 230 Volt outlet (3 pin blue) or a 400 Volt outlet (5 pin red) depending on your region
  • Before delivery, we recommend installing
    • Wall Connector
    • Wall Connector
      (Coming mid 2015)
    • or
    • 240 volt outlet
    • 5 Pin Red
      16A 3-phase
    31 KM of Range Per Hour of Charge

    When your Model S arrives, your Delivery Experience Specialist will explain how to use the Mobile Connector. You’ll find that charging your car is a lot like plugging in your mobile phone.

    One end of the Mobile Connector plugs into the Charge Port and the other end plugs into an outlet. Two outlet adapters are included: one for a standard domestic outlet and a second adapter for a utility outlet (400 Volt)

    We recommend charging from a utility outlet rather than a domestic outlet. A utility outlet provides a lot more power than a domestic outlet and will charge your car faster.

  • Adapter Guide

    Most outlets are either standard domestic outlets or higher powered utility outlets. Higher powered outlets charge upto four times faster than standard domestic outlets. If you plan to install an outlet in your garage, we recommend a utility outlet, 16 A 3-phase (400 V).

    Model S comes standard with two adapters which connect to most of the outlets you'll find at home and in the wild: utility adapter and a domestic adapter based on the country of delivery.

      Volts / Amps Kilowatts KM of Range per
    Hour of Charge
    Standard Outlet (Continental Europe)rollover_NEMA-6-50 230 V  /  13 A 3.0 kW 14
    IEC 60309 Blue - Utility Adapterrollover_NEMA-14-30 230 V  /  32 A 7.4 kW 36
    IEC 60309 Red - Utility Adapterrollover_NEMA-14-50 400 V  /  16 A 11 kW 55
    IEC 62196 Type 2rollover_NEMA-10-30 230 V  /  16 A 3.7 kW 18
    IEC 62196 Type 2rollover_NEMA-10-30 230 V  /  32 A 7.4 kW 36
    IEC 62196 Type 2rollover_NEMA-14-30 400 V  /  16 A 11 kW 55
    IEC 62196 Type 2rollover_NEMA-10-30 400 V  /  32 A 22 kW* 110

    * Dual Chargers are required to achieve a charging rate of up to 22 kW.

  • Charge at Night

    Charging at night isn’t just convenient, it may be less expensive. Many utility companies offer Time of Use rate plans featuring prices that vary based on demand. At night, demand is lowest and prices drop.

    The Touchscreen lets you program a charging schedule to take advantage of these low rates. Plug in when you get home and Model S will begin charging automatically at the time you specify.

  • The Mobile Connector
  • Adapter Guide
  • Charge at Night

    A Wall Connector is installed on either a 230 or 400 volt circuit and can be supplied with up to twice the amperage as an outlet. At maximum amperage it supplies two times more power than the Single Charger can process. This is where Dual Chargers come into play, doubling the charging capacity to 22 kW to match the output of the Wall Connector.

    There’s more to the story, learn about Dual Chargers

    High Power Wall Charger
    • SINGLE
    • DUAL
    Single Charger
    Dual Chargers

    The Charger is not the thing you plug into the wall, that’s a Connector. The Charger is actually on-board the car. The Connector sends Alternating Current (AC) into the Charger. The Charger then converts the power to Direct Current (DC) and sends it to the battery. You can configure your car with the Single Charger or Dual Chargers. Dual Chargers allow twice the conversion capacity as the Single Charger when the power is available.

    Think of a charger like a faucet. Just like filling a bucket, you can only fill as fast as the water can flow through the faucet. To fill the bucket faster, you need a bigger faucet.

    km of range
    in as little as 30 minutes

    The Tesla Supercharger recharges Model S quickly. Super quickly. Superchargers are for refueling quickly on road trips. A Supercharger can charge about half the battery in 20 minutes. All Model S vehicles with the 85 kWh battery can use Superchargers as can properly equipped 60 kWh battery vehicles. Superchargers will be positioned at convenient locations along major routes throughout Europe. Superchargers are free to Model S owners, and always will be.


    Government agencies and organizations throughout Europe are working to install public charging stations. Model S plugs into these stations with a Type 2 connector. While many of the public stations being installed today can be used at full power with just the Single Charger, you may encounter some high amperage charging stations in the wild. If you plan to take road trips, we recommend outfitting your Model S with Dual Chargers.

    There are many resources for finding charging stations as you plan your trip. On the road, the Model S Touchscreen can help you find charging stations along the way if needed.


    The Tesla App allows you to check your state of charge remotely. If you’re eating lunch or shopping, pull up the app to see if you have recovered the range needed to get to your next destination. A few minutes before you're ready to hit the road, use the app to heat or cool the cabin to your preferred temperature. The Tesla Mobile App is available to download in the Apple App Store and the Android App Store.

  • Supercharge
  • Public Stations
  • Check On Your Car
    Don't know?
    Refer to your electric bill.
    € 0.21 is the average in Europe.

    Quoted from the European Commission (EC) http://ec.europa.eu/energy/observatory/electricity/electricity_en.htm

    16 A charging is possible with the proper Tesla hardware. (Some early cars will require a free retrofit to enable.)

  • Which equipment is right for you?
    Answer two quick questions:

    Do you drive more than 150 KM per day on a regular basis?


    Do you plan to take frequent road trips longer than the range of your battery?


    We Recommend


    We recommend sticking with the standard Model S configuration. The Mobile Connector (up to 50 KM of range per hour of charge, regardless of charger configuration) provides plenty of power to top off your battery in just a couple hours after low mileage days.


    Charging quickly each night and out on the road is important for your lifestyle. We recommend installing a Wall Connector at as high amperage as your home allows (up to 32 amps) and equipping your Model S with Dual Chargers. At home, you'll charge at the rate of 100 KM of range per hour of charge. In the wild, you'll be able to take full advantage of high amperage public charging stations.


    The Mobile Connector (50 KM of range per hour of charge, regardless of charger configuration) will provide plenty of power to top off your battery in just a couple of hours after low mileage days. On road trips however, the Dual Chargers give you the flexibility to charge even faster at high amperage public charging stations with the Type 2 Connector.

Prep Your Garage

We recommend working with one of our partners in Europe or a licensed electrician to install your Wall Connector or a utillity outlet before your Model S arrives.

Depending on your home’s electrical system, installing a Wall Connector (up to 110 km range per hour) may be more difficult than installing a 400 volt outlet (up to 55 km range per hour) due to power availability. If the rate of power is limited, the Wall Connector can be set to any amperage level. While you won't charge at the rate of 110 km of range per hour of charge, you will be able to enjoy the convenience of a sleek, permanently-installed Connector.


If you have already found an electrician, please download and share the appropriate summary sheet.

Charging with your Mobile Connector

We recommend working with our partner The Mobility House or a licensed electrician to install your Wall Connector or a utillity outlet before your Model S arrives.

Schedule a Charging Consultation

After you submit your details, SolarCity will contact you to schedule a Tesla Charging Consultation. With a few questions about your home and energy use, SolarCity can help you pick the best charging equipment for daily life with your Model S.


SolarCity will contact you shortly to schedule a Tesla Charging Consultation. If you have other questions about owning a Tesla, please contact us at reservations@teslamotors.com.