Charging 101: Tesla Recommended Charge Limit!

The Tesla recommended charge limit can be diverse based on the car fleet. Here are the details:

For Rear-wheel drive cars:

  • If the screen show (50% and 100%), Tesla recommends setting the charge limit to 100% for the trip and daily use.
  • If the battery display show (Daily and Trip), Tesla suggests setting the charge limit to 90% for daily use and more than 90% or 100% for trip use.

For All-wheel drive cars, the company recommends setting the charge limit below 90% for daily driving and greater than 90% for trip use.

People who want to know the right charge limit which Tesla suggests, join me break the topic down now!

Charging 101: Tesla Recommended Charge Limit!

The Tesla Recommended Charge Limit:

According to Tesla CEO aka Elon Mask, the recommendation for charge limit is different based on the car drive type. Here’s what I mean:

1. RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive) Car

It’s a special kind of car that contains a drive in the back wheel. Tesla’s suggestion for charging time in RWD cars is divided into 2 stages. These includes:

50% and 100% In Battery Display

In the battery display of Tesla’s touchscreen, you’ll see charging left with an adjustment of setting the charge limit.

It shows 50% and 100% instead of other data (Daily and Trip). If you have this kind of input in your Tesla, then set the charge limit to 100% for both regular and occasional use. Be sure to drive before you charge 100% if your car is parked for more than 7 days.

Daily and Trip in Battery Display

In the battery display, if your one shows Daily and Trip instead of charge percentages then Tesla suggests keeping the charge limit under 90% for the daily bucket range. So, can you charge a Tesla to 85 percent? Yes, it’s possible you only have to lessen the level using your finger.

You can set the charge limit by using the Tesla app or touchscreen to easily pick the ‘Daily’ range. For occasional use, Tesla advises setting the charge limit higher than 90% if needed. Meaning you can set it to 95 percent or more.

2. AWD (All-Wheel Drive) Car

This is another type of car which Tesla provides where it offers front and rear drives. The AWD cars have a special setting for charge limit.

Tesla recommends setting the limit to less than 90% with the help of the Tesla app or touchscreen by setting it under the ‘Daily’ range for regular use. For long-distance trip use, they suggest setting the limit above 90% as necessary.

For Your Information: Out of all Tesla models recommendations on charge limit, the company advises users to keep the limit set to 100% on the LEP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery-included cars on a daily basis.

Why Should I Charge My Tesla To 80 Or 90 Percent?

The reason why one should charge the Tesla battery to 80% – 90% is to get maximum efficiency and lessen power drain.

Charge Level (V/Cell)Discharge CycleCharge Limit (%)
4.30 Volts150 – 250110 – 115 Percent 
4.25 Volts200 – 350105 – 110 Percent
4.20 Volts300 – 500100 Percent
4.15 Volts400 – 70090 – 95 Percent
4.10 Volts600 – 1,00085 – 90 Percent
4.05 Volts850 – 1,50080 – 85 Percent
4.00 Volts1,200 – 2,00070 – 75 Percent
3.90 Volts2,400 – 4,00060 – 65 Percent
Tesla Charging Limit Chart

But if you compare the performance of Tesla to the 80 or 90 percent charge limit, it will show the true nature of diversity.

Before you ask should I only charge my tesla to 80%, this might degrade the battery a lot which shortens the lifespan.

On the other hand, the 90% charge limit is the default range that Tesla sets up. It also drains the battery but not at the level 80% charge limit. In general, the 90% charging of Tesla is better than the 80% charge limit.

For Maintenance Purposes, Is It OK To Charge Tesla Every Day?

Yep, one can surely charge the Tesla on a daily basis only if using a low-voltage charger like a wall connector at home or garage.

It in fact helps keep the battery safe and secure to last for a long span. However, it’s bad for drivers to keep the battery charged when it’s at the lowest level (less than 20%).

And, if you are a daily user of Supercharger, then I would suggest not charging with the DC Fast charging adapter every day since it can damage the battery. However, for long-drive use, it’s permissible.

Last of all, set the charge limit at a suitable range which helps the battery to cooperate better during the procedure.

Also Read: Why My Tesla Won’t Charge To 100 Percent! [Solved]

Ending Note

That’s all about the Tesla recommended charge limit and other related details. Just go to the Charging Screen on the Tesla’s touchscreen and click on the Set Limit while dragging the slide according to the level of green shown in the display.

See You Next Time!

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