Tesla Model S (2019) Guide

Tesla Model S (2019) Guide

It’s difficult to talk about EV’s and not mention Tesla. The Model S is the primary reason for that. As the first mass-market electric car, the Model S paved the way for the EV development we’re experiencing today. Despite first launching in 2013, the Model S still provides a benchmark for those to come. Its rather conventional-looking exterior houses an incredible amount of tech, providing market-leading range, ample performance, rapid charging capabilities and the pioneering infotainment that has many referring to the Tesla as a smartphone on wheels.

Electric Range

379 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

100 kWh

3.7Kw Charge

27 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes Supercharger 200kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a Tesla Model S

The Model S comes in two different specs, the long-range version which has a battery size of 100kWh and an official WLTP range of 379 miles or the performance model which also has a battery size of 100kWh but an official WLTP range of 368 miles.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take around 14.5 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 25-26 miles*. The total cost of home charging from empty to full, based on an electricity tariff of 14p/kWh, will be £14.

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.

The Model S has a max DC charging rate of 200kW using one a Tesla Supercharger. 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 S has a max AC single-phase output of 7.4kW and a max AC three-phase rate of 16.5kW. If you were to plug into a 22kW AC three-phase charge point, the vehicle would charge at 16.5kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 48h for 0-100%
  • 3.7kW = 27h for 0-100%
  • 22kW (3-Phase) = 6h for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 80m 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 S

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 one of the most extended WLTP range estimates on the market, owning a Tesla Model S will put to rest to those range anxieties, enabling you to go about your commuting as usual. Minus the emissions.

What are people saying about the Tesla Model S?

Tesla epitomises luxury electric vehicles, and the model S is arguably Tesla’s hero product, laying the blueprint for the future. Two motors draw power from the battery, enabling all-wheel drive and stomach-churning speeds. The fastest model can reach 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, beating every other super-fast vehicle from Lamborghinis to Porsches. The Model S’s performance is lightening, addictive and unquestionable.

When you’re not toying with the Ludicrous mode, the Model S provides a relaxing and serene driving experience. The quiet drivetrain is soothing on long journeys, enhanced by the spacious cabin room. Backseat passengers won’t have much to complain about with ample head and legroom, made more comfortable by the absence of a transmission tunnel. Pushing the boundaries of functionality, the Model S can include an additional two seats in the boot. However, it is worth noting the optional third row is much better suited to children – small children – and even then, it’s more appropriate for occasional use. If you require a 7-seater all the time, the Model X is likely to make a better proposition. Nevertheless, this is a handy feature if you find yourself needing to ferry around additional (small) humans.

Inside the cabin, the front dash is dominated by a substantial 17-inch i-Pad-looking screen, positioned with the driver in mind. Tesla has proved to be a real trendsetter when it comes to infotainment systems with Tesla-style tablets popping up in the majority of new EV’s. Tesla’s offering, however, remains one of the best in its class. Always connected to the internet, the vehicle can receive over-the-air updates, and use of google maps makes navigation less stressful. Additionally, full access to Spotify means you never have to worry about consuming all your data on long journeys. More importantly, the design is intuitive, and it’s easy to use – even while in motion.

The Tesla Model S combines the exhilarating drive you’d expect from a supercar with the practicality of a saloon family car. It’s refined and techy. Impressive and conservative. The build quality and finishes may not be on par with the German luxury players, but the tech is outstanding, and you have access to the supercharger network. If your primary EV requirements are range and performance, the Model S has you covered.