Tesla Model 3 (2019) Guide

Tesla Model 3 (2019) Guide

It’s difficult to talk about EV’s and not mention Tesla. Model 3 is what Tesla has been working towards since its inception; a genuinely affordable, high performance, mass-market EV. Adopting the fundamental functionalities of the Model S and packaging it in a minimal, family-friendly saloon, Tesla has created an EV that outperforms its rivals on range and performance while undercutting them on price. Model 3 is an exceptional EV that is also highly accessible.

Electric Range

348 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge

£10.50

Battery Size

75 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

22 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes Supercharger 250kW

OLEV Approved

Yes

Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 comes in three different specs; the Standard Range Plus which has a battery size of 50kWh and an official WLTP range of 254 miles. Followed by the Long-Range Dual Motor and Long-Range Performance, both of which have a battery size of 75kWh and a WLTP range of 348 miles and 329 miles, respectively. This guide will focus on 75kWh battery.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; the Long-Range Dual Motor 75kWh battery will take around 11 hours to charge from 0% to 100% using a 7kW home charger, providing an approximate range per hour of 32 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £10.50.

One of the core benefits of owning a Tesla is having access to the Tesla Supercharger network. The Tesla-specific rapid charging network is one of the most developed and enables first-buyers lifetime access for free, significantly reducing the costs of running your EV.

Model 3 has a max DC charging rate of 170-250kW, depending on the model spec. Vehicles manufactured after May 2019 also includes a CCS Combo 2 adapter enabling you to connect to all other third-party networks.

Note: The Model 3 has a max AC single-phase output of 7.4kW and a max AC three-phase rate of 11kW. If you were to plug into a 22kW AC three-phase charge point, the vehicle would charge at 11kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 36h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 20h for 0-100%
  • 22kW (3-Phase) = 7h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 50m for 20-80%
  • 150kW = 20m for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a Tesla Model 3

Classified as a BEV, the Model S produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the Tesla Model S qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

Boasting over 300-miles on a single charge, the Model 3 will put to rest any range anxieties, enabling you to go about your commuting as usual. Minus the emissions.

What are people saying about the Tesla Model 3?

Since its launch, the Model 3 has been a widely successful EV. Encompassing all the high-tech underpinnings, minimally sleek interior and exceptional performance expected from a Tesla vehicle. The Model 3 is by all accounts a beautifully engineered car; it also happens to be affordable, and that is its primary selling point. Historically, to own an EV with over 300-mile range capacity has either been impossible or incredibly expensive.

It may be half the price than Model S, but it certainly doesn’t feel lacking in any area. The vast majority of Model 3 owners prefer the 3 to its higher-priced siblings. It appears more refined and compact with dimensions that are better suited to smaller UK roads than other models. The massive split sunscreen roof creates an airy, spacious feel for passengers, while the driver experiences a genuinely flexible and spirited drive. Features such as the weighted steering options, cruise control and drive mode mean you can determine how you want the car to operate.

Tesla has always promoted minimal interiors, but the Model 3 takes this concept to new heights. There is nothing but a 15-inch horizontal tablet, ideally situated on the dash for the driver. Although the absence of a cockpit may require a brief adjustment period, the use of a large digital screen to control everything in the car quickly becomes second nature. Always connected to the internet, the vehicle can receive over-the-air updates, and its use of google maps means you’ll rarely get lost, plus intelligent charging and topography features make planning longer journeys effortless. Additionally, full access to Spotify means you never have to worry about consuming all your data on long trips. The design is intuitive, and it’s easy to use – even while in motion.

The Model 3 may not have a ludicrous mode, but it’s still a car for the enthusiasts. Fast and agile, it doesn’t disappoint in performance, while its energy efficiency is unparalleled, making it one of the most capable EVs around. Packed to the brim with tech, if you’re more concerned with the software side of things, the Model 3 has it all; it’s nothing short of a computer on wheels. Car enthusiastic or tech enthusiast? Perhaps you’re just looking for a safe and affordable family car? In any case, the Model 3 is a fantastic car – it just also happens to be electric.