Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has set up about 35,000 Superchargers in 2,564 outlets throughout the world. 1,101 outlets have been set up for North America only. In Europe, it’s 592 and in Asia, it’s 498.
All these outlets will provide about 240V Supercharger to charge up your Tesla car. But what if you charge it on low voltage? Can you charge Tesla on 110V?
Some of you might think it’s impossible, whereas some of you will think it’s possible even if you don’t charge it from Tesla-oriented stations.
Let’s see if you really could do it and if you could then at what rate of speed you charge your Tesla on 110V.
How does charging work on a Tesla
Before we jump into the statistics of whether or not we can charge a Tesla on 110V, we need to know how to charge a Tesla and how the charging works.
We always knew that cars run on petrol, CNG, gas, and even solar power. But how does it run on electricity?
Well, Tesla motors is now way ahead of the world, isn’t it?
A great thing about Tesla is that you can install a Wall Connector in your home by a Tesla electrician. With that, you can charge your Tesla for the ability to run up to 44 miles per hour.
Also, you can buy a Mobile Connector and plug it into a 110V station. With this, your Tesla can run for 2-3 miles per hour.
And of course, you can charge up your Tesla from a Supercharger of a Tesla-certified outlet.
Even, many hotels, resorts, restaurants, etc. offer charging to your Tesla. But remember, if you won’t charge your Tesla for the most power and want to charge it quickly, then the Superchargers should be your ideal option.
Now let’s get back to 110V charging Tesla, shall we?
How long does it take to charge a Tesla on 110 volt
Most Tesla charging stations have superchargers that can charge your Tesla at 240-volt power. But there are some stations that can also offer you 110 volts. The Mobile Connector and Wall Connector can also offer you 110 volts of power service.
Compared to Superchargers, 110V power takes a lot of time to power up your Tesla. It takes about overnight to charge your Tesla for only 30 miles to 40 miles. Naturally, an hour could fuel up charge for 2 to 3 miles only, and if you charge it for 10 hours, you can get only 20 to 30 miles worth of charge.
And when you charge it for about 14 to 15 hours, which can be regarded as overnight, then you can charge your Tesla for 30 to 40 miles. If you run your car for 40 miles per day, then you should be fine. Otherwise, you might need to go to a Destination Charging or a Supercharger or install a Wall Connector.
How much does it cost to charge a Tesla from a 110 outlet
Certainly, if you use less power to charge your Tesla, it will cost you less compared to 240V chargers like Superchargers, right? Well, it might not be the case here.
Let’s see what 240V offers us first.
240 volts outlet Tesla charging cost
As we are going to compare the cost of 240 volts to 110 volts eventually, we need to take 40 miles per day driven into account for the 240 volts charge. Otherwise, we can’t compare them fairly.
Assuming you are going to drive 40 miles in a day. Which will cost you 0.12 US dollars per kWh on the United States average. It will take about an hour and 22 minutes to completely charge up your Tesla.
According to the calculations, you are going to use about 13.2 kWh worth of power. So, ultimately, it will cost you about 1.58 US dollars to charge your Tesla car.
Now, let’s see what 110V can offer us, shall we?
Also Read: Installing 240V Outlet for Tesla Charging
110 volts outlet Tesla charging cost
We are taking 40 miles per day driven into account here, too. The cost on average is the same as the 240 volts. It was 0.12 US dollars.
If you use a 110 volts outlet, it will take you 12 hours and 18 minutes to completely charge your Tesla. You will be using 17.7 kWh worth of power this time. And calculating all, it will cost you 2.12 US dollars to charge your Tesla, which is o.54 US dollars more than using a 240 volts outlet.
Now, you can see that it was a misconception that charging a Tesla on a 110V outlet would cost less than on a 240V outlet.
Why not compare Tesla’s national average to other fuels to see if we are really saving our money here or not.
Tesla electricity fuel vs Gasoline for cars Cost
So, Tesla has different measurements when it comes to fuel consumption. kWh is being used for Tesla cars, whereas other cars which are being fueled by gasoline are measured by gallons.
So, if 40 miles are driven by a Tesla per day, it will use one gallon for 25.5 miles. The cost of each gallon is 2.296 US dollars for other cars on average. Not to mention extra 3.60 US dollars to refill it. On the contrary, it costs 2.12 US dollars to charge a Tesla which will be running 40 miles per day, if you use a 110V outlet.
So, statistically speaking, Tesla will save you almost 4 US dollars compared to gasoline-fueled cars.
We hope that you’ve gotten your answer. Certainly, you can charge your Tesla on 110V. It’s just it will take a massive amount of time to entirely charge up and it will also cost you more than the Superchargers outlet.
But on the brighter side, you can purchase Wall Connectors and Mobile Connectors to charge your Tesla on 110V whenever and wherever you want.