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How long does a Tesla battery last? Tesla car range and battery life explained

If you’re worried about how long your Tesla battery lasts, fear not: the company has cars that last for 300-400 miles. Tesla is at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, in part because their products have some of the industry’s best battery ranges. Read on to find out how ranges differ between Tesla models, why different cars have different ranges, and how many miles different Tesla cars can last for.

Key takeaways

  • On average, Tesla batteries last for 336 miles on a single charge
  • Tesla car models all have different estimated ranges – from the Model 3 at 267 miles to the Model S at 405 miles
  • Tesla’s stated ranges are estimates, and factors like your driving style and the weather conditions will impact how long your battery actually lasts
  • Tesla’s batteries are supposed to last for between 300,000 and 500,000 miles over the course of their life
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How long does a Tesla battery last? Ranges by car model

On average, Tesla car batteries last for 336 miles on a single charge. The lowest range Tesla, the Model 3, lasts for 267 miles, while the longest range Tesla, the Model S, lasts for 405 miles. These are stated mileage averages by Tesla, so it’s definitely not a guarantee that your Tesla will get exactly the range listed below. Factors like your driving style and the weather will impact just how many miles your Tesla’s battery lasts.

Why do Tesla models vary by range?

There are a number of factors which affect the overall range of your Tesla with the model being a primary reason. For example, the affordable Model 3 has a smaller internal battery. The long-range Model S, on the other hand, has great acceleration and a larger, more efficient battery. It is important to note that with greater range comes a higher cost. There are also more specific factors that vary personally such as the style of driving including driving at lower speeds and avoiding excess weight.

With more and more offerings each year, Teslas come in many different ranges on a fully-charged battery:

How long do Tesla batteries last? Ranges by car model

Model and versionRangeTop speed
Model 3267 miles140 MPH
Model 3 Long Range334 miles145 MPH
Model 3 Performance315 miles162 MPH
Model S405 miles155 MPH
Model S Plaid396 miles200 MPH
Model X351 miles155 MPH
Model X Plaid335 miles163 MPH
Model Y Long Range318 miles135 MPH
Model Y Performance303 miles155 MPH

All of these Tesla models have impressive ranges, especially compared to other electric vehicles on the market. With Tesla’s network of chargers growing around the country, you can even take most of these cars on long road trips and feel relatively comfortable getting where you need to go. 

For a daily commuter, the Model 3 will perform just fine, and might need charging every few days. For longer road trips, either Model S option provides tons of range, so you can get where you need to go without stopping at Superchargers – super-fast charging stations – too many times along the way.

Why do ranges for Tesla cars vary by model?

After seeing how long each Tesla’s battery is supposed to last, you might be asking yourself why all of Tesla’s cars have differing ranges. Just like conventional gas-powered car makers, Tesla’s car models each have elements that make them unique, and subsequently impact how long their batteries last. Most importantly, battery size and car model each play a big part in determining a car’s specific range.

Battery size

As a general rule of thumb, a bigger battery means more energy stored, therefore a longer range. For example, the Tesla Model S has a 98 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery, while the Model 3 is equipped with a 80.5 kWh battery. This makes sense, as the Model S has a much longer range than the Model 3 (405 miles vs. 267 miles, respectively).

Tesla model

At the end of the day, electric cars that use their stored energy more efficiently will get more mileage out of their battery. Aerodynamics, friction between tires and the road, drivetrain efficiency, car weight, and more all play a role. A Tesla model with state-of-the-art drivetrain technology (usually in newer models) and low weight will use stored electricity more efficiently than a model with an older, less efficient drivetrain and a bulkier frame.

What else impacts Tesla battery ranges?

Want to get the most out of your Tesla’s battery? Your individual driving style and the weather conditions you take your Tesla out in impact how long its battery lasts. In general, driving at high speeds, stop-and-go driving, uphill driving, and short trips put a strain on your battery, and will decrease your overall range faster. Additionally, Tesla batteries don’t last as long if you’re driving in cold weather.

Tesla’s car battery warranty

It’s one thing to know how long a Tesla battery could last, and it’s another entirely to know how long it should last with reasonable performance. This is where warranties come in – Tesla’s warranties cover a period of time OR mileage driven, and then guarantee that your battery will retain 70% of it’s starting capacity by that point. So, for the Model S, Tesla says that if your car holds less than 70% of its original battery capacity after driving it for 8 years or 150,000 miles (whichever comes first), you are eligible for “any repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship”, for free.

Tesla car battery warranties by model

CarWarrantyBattery capacity retention
Model S8 years or 150,000 miles70%
Model X8 years or 150,000 miles70%
Model 38 years or 100,000 miles70%
Model 3 Long Range8 years or 120,000 miles70%
Model 3 Performance8 years or 120,000 miles70%
Model Y Long Range8 years or 120,000 miles70%
Model Y Performance8 years or 120,000 miles70%

The lowest mileage warranty available from Tesla currently is their Model 3 warranty at 100,000 miles for 8 years. For context, that’s 12,500 miles a year, 240 miles a week, or 24 miles a day, which is still probably plenty for most car owners!

How long do Tesla batteries last?

According to Elon Musk on Twitter, Tesla car batteries are supposed to technically last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is 1,500 battery cycles. That’s between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver, who, according to the Department of Transportation, drives about 13,500 miles per year.

Importantly, this is not the same distance that Tesla warranties. After 100,000 to 150,000 miles (depending on model), Tesla no longer covers repairs and replacements for you if your battery degrades past a certain point, so there’s no promising how well your battery will work after being driven that far.

If you’re driving 300,000 to 500,000 miles on one Tesla car battery, you’re probably working with a pretty beat up battery by the end. Pricing for replacing your Tesla’s battery is hard to come by, but you don’t have to wait for all that mileage to make a replacement. In the same tweet mentioned above, Musk claims that it would cost between $5,000 and $7,000 to replace a battery module – but keep in mind that the battery pack in your Tesla contains multiple modules, so it may not be cost effective to replace your whole battery.

Teslas vs. gas-powered cars: which lasts longer?

Tesla’s cars have some of the best ranges for electric vehicles, so how do they stack up against popular gas-powered cars? Here are six popular cars on the market and their ranges that each can be seen as alternatives to certain Tesla models:

  • Honda Accord: 488 miles
  • Toyota Corolla: 436 miles
  • Nissan Altima: 518 miles
  • BMW 330i: 468 miles
  • Audi A7: 463 miles
  • Audi Q7: 450 miles

In general, gas-powered cars travel farther than Teslas – this is when comparing the distance they can travel on one tank of gas to the distance a Tesla can travel on one full charge. The Model S, with its 405-mile range, is the closest Tesla model, and it doesn’t fall far behind some of these gas cars. As electric vehicle battery technology continues to advance, it likely won’t be long until ranges for gas and electric cars are essentially the same.

How do I charge my Tesla?

One of the most common questions about Teslas and electric cars in general is about charging them – with generally lower range per tank/full battery than traditional gas-powered cars, how can you make sure you’re charged up and won’t get stranded? In reality, this is likely not a problem for the vast majority of car owners: you simply don’t travel far enough at once or into remote enough places to not have access to a charger. Whether it’s at your home with a wall connector or at one of Tesla’s many Supercharger locations around the world, you’ll most likely be able to get your Tesla fueled up just fine.

Frequently asked questions about Teslas

How long does it take to charge a Tesla?

It can take anywhere from an hour to 12 hours to fully charge a Tesla – the time it takes varies by model and type of charger (wall outlet, high-powered wall outlet, wall connector, or Supercharger). Standard outlets are the slowest, providing about three miles of range per hour, while Superchargers are the fastest at about 30 minutes for a full charge. Somewhere in between are wall connectors, which take roughly eight to ten hours for a full charge, depending on the car model. 

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla?

The cost to fully charge a Tesla also varies by model. For the four base models the company offers, here are the estimated charging costs for one full charge:
• Model 3: $8.71 to fully charge
• Model S: $16.56 to fully charge
• Model X: $16.57 to fully charge
• Model Y: $12.29 to fully charge

Learn more about Tesla charging costs (and how they compare to fueling a traditional car) in our article.

How much do Tesla cars cost?

A Tesla currently costs between $43,990 and $129,990 depending on model. At the more affordable end is the Model 3, and at the top end of the range is the Model S Plaid.

How far can a Tesla go on one charge?

Currently, the farthest you can go on one charge with a Tesla is 405 miles, which you get with the Model 3.

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About Jacob Marsh

Jacob is a researcher and content writer at EnergySage, where he's an expert on current issues–and new technology!–in the solar industry. With a background in environmental and geological science, Jacob brings an analytical perspective and passion for conservation to help solar shoppers make the right energy choices for their wallet and the environment. Outside of EnergySage, you can find him playing Ultimate Frisbee or learning a new, obscure board game.

5 thoughts on “How long does a Tesla battery last? Tesla car range and battery life explained

  1. James mccartin

    How many miles will the Tesla travel on the interstate st 70 mph. It’s only reasonable that the faster you go the more battery power you use.

  2. Tom Dawkins

    Model 3 as stated in the last paragraph is not the Tesla with the 405 mile range. That would be the model S.

  3. Jimmy Ye

    I have Tesla Model Y long range 2021. The range dropped down to 297 mils for less one year of driving. Checked with Tesla customer service, they said it is normal and no any problems. I wonder what it will happen after 8 years.

    1. Nick

      battery packs typically have a fast period of degradation in the first year of driving and then level off. My MY LR is about the same


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