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First 1,000 Miles Driving A Tesla Model 3 Long Range: Charging

First 1,000 Miles Driving A Tesla Model 3 Long Range: Charging

I feel after 1000 miles I am getting a far more realistic view of Tesla and the rose colored glasses have been far more reduced. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a comfortable or enjoyable experience driving a Tesla but I just have a far more realistic view on the car and what it can do and can’t do.

V3 Supercharging

Tesla’s website states ‘Recharge up to 172 mi in 15 minutes at Supercharger locations’ actually requires V3 Supercharger however much of California is up to 72-120kW and Wisconsin is mostly up to 120-150kW in my findings which is fast but not what Tesla advertises on their website. https://www.tesla.com/supercharger

Charging Comparison

The first V3 Supercharger is technically in Fremont, CA, but are reserved for special “early access program,” Tesla owners and not the general pubic.

The only public V3 Superchargers (250kw) I could find was Linq High Roller Las Vegas, NV which has a total of 24 Supercharger stations.

Linq High Roller V3 Vegas

Techcrunch mentioned a couple other locations with V3 chargers but don’t appear to be public because Tesla’s website still lists these locations with lower kW power, although Hy-Vee in Madison, Wisconsin is listed at 120kW however is capable of up to 150kW.

Per Techcrunch, “There are caveats to the capabilities of this Supercharger station. Only one Tesla vehicle — the Model 3 Long Range iteration — can charge at the peak rate of 250 kW. The 250 kW results in up to 180 miles of range added to the battery in 15 minutes on a Model 3 Long Range.”

I really hope this will be the case in the next 12-months in more locations because it would mean very little downtime to travel across the country.



The first V3 Supercharger is technically in Fremont, CA, but are reserved for special “early access program,” Tesla owners and not the general pubic.

The only public V3 Superchargers (250kw) I could find was Linq High Roller Las Vegas, NV which has a total of 24 Supercharger stations.

Techcrunch mentioned a couple other locations with V3 chargers but don’t appear to be public because Tesla’s website still lists these locations with lower kW power, although Hy-Vee in Madison, Wisconsin is listed at 120kW however is capable of up to 150kW.

Per Techcrunch, “There are caveats to the capabilities of this Supercharger station. Only one Tesla vehicle — the Model 3 Long Range iteration — can charge at the peak rate of 250 kW. The 250 kW results in up to 180 miles of range added to the battery in 15 minutes on a Model 3 Long Range.”

I really hope this will be the case in the next 12-months in more locations because it would mean very little downtime to travel across the country.

“We’ll focus on long-distance routes, so if you’re in a hurry to get from one city to another, you can go as fast as possible. Then also, we’re replacing some of the Version 1 Superchargers – some of the old Superchargers will take priority,” Per Elon Musk. “There are some out there that still charge at 75 kW, so we’ll replace those first on long-distance routes.”

I have been learning recently that some Tesla Model 3 owners have seen their charging capabilities reduced by up to 6%. I find this very disconcerting to update your car and find it’s range reduced without some sort of warning or disclaimer. My Model 3 still charges up to approx 279-280 mi when I let the car charge to the default amount for regular charging however it appears to only be time when I will lose range with a future software update. Model S/X owners have already seen a range reduction after being updated but it wasn’t as blatant, far more hidden with the range reading the proper high amount and reducing after driving 10 miles to the new reduced amount minus 10 miles. How awkward?

Charging at Home

I was out working one afternoon and returned with 54 miles left in the battery. The screen displayed a message recommending that I plug in the car immediately and mention if the temperature outside was to drop that range would be lower. I plugged in the car around 7pm and by 9am, the car now reads 225 mi range (+171)! Don’t underestimate plugging into a 240V socket for 12/mi per hour. There is something about waking up to a charged battery that feels really refreshing.

1/2 Priced Charging in Madison

MG&E (Madison Gas & Electric) in Madison, Wisconsin has Level 1 and Level 2 stations at $2 $1 per hour while the DC Fast Charge station are $5 $2.5 per hour. By signing up for their Electric Vehicle Owners Group you can have these lower hourly rates at their ChargePoint chargers.

DC Fast Charging

DC Fast Charging isn’t a viable option or an option at all for many of us, as of October, 2019 and is far slower than Tesla Supercharging for our cars if it’s available to you. You would need a CHAdeMO adapter (sold out currently) and be limited to 50kW from what I have gathered researching this subject.

ChargePoint DC Fast Charger

Electrify America – Pricing
Walmart 2335 – Madison, WI
4198 Nakoosa Trail Madison, WI 53714
(3x) CCS (1x) CCS-CHAdeMO
1-350kW @ $0.89/min
1-125kW @ $0.58/min
1-75kW @ $0.21/min
+$1.00 session fee
Note: $0.40 / min. idle fee applied after a 10 minute grace period.

Bjørn Nyland saw 120kW at a IONITY 350kW station in his YouTube video. At 50% SOC, he had 40 minutes left to charge battery to 90%. I believe we will see similar speed (120kW or so) when/if Tesla creates a CCS adapter for the North American market.

Grumpy Young Guy Reviews saw around 100kW speed at a IONITY 350kW station with his 2014 Tesla Model S 60. He wondered if he was able to pre-condition the battery before arriving at this station if his charging would have been faster.

Free Charging Downtown Madison

I didn’t realize but we have many locations around the Greater Madison Area that have free charging at 6.6 kW. It’s important to pay attention if the station is shared or not, otherwise that 6.6 kW of power will be split between you and your electric neighbor.

UW Station Lot 7
975 University Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

UW Station Lot 17
1525 Engineering Dr – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

UW Station Lot 20
1390 University Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

UW Station Lot 29
21 University of Wisconsin-Madison N Park St
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

UW Station Lot 36
1645 Observatory Dr = Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

UW Station Lot 75
610 Highland Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

UW Station Lot 75A
610 Highland Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

UW Station Lot 94
750 Highland Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

UW Station Lot 95
750 Highland Ave – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Madison North

Dane County Regional Airport Parking Ramp
4000 International Ln – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Note: $10/day ramp

Free Charging Madison West

Woodman’s Store 20 North
725 S Gammon Rd – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Woodman’s Store 20 South
725 S Gammon Rd – Madison, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Waunakee

RenewAire Green
201 Raemisch Rd – Waunakee, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Sun Prairie

Woodman’s Store 31
1099 S Grand Ave – Sun Prairie, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

Sun Prairie Utilities
125 W Main St – Sun Prairie, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Fitchburg

Hy-Vee #1
2920 Fitchrona Rd – Fitchburg, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Hy-Vee #2
2920 Fitchrona Rd – Fitchburg, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Verona

Liberty Park #1
Liberty Dr – Verona, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Liberty Park #2
957 Liberty Dr – Verona, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Free Charging Lake Mills

Lake Mills Market
375 W Tyranena Park Rd – Lake Mills, WI
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW
Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

I spent some time looking over a few different Tesla Blogs and saw many owners are wanting a CCS adapter for their cars. The pricing is quite expensive. Would you consider one of these stations? I would like the option if it was a must for a particular trip but I would still consider going out of my way for a Tesla Supercharger!

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