Tesla Model 3 Battery Size

Tesla introduced a bigger Model 3 battery size in 2021. Here’s why that matters.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Edited by Pat Roache
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The battery size for a
Tesla Model 3
ranges from 50 kWh to 82 kWh, depending on the model year and trim choice. 
  • The maximum driving range on the 2023 Tesla Model 3 is 358 miles thanks to an 82 kWh battery powering dual electric motors in the Long Range trim.
  • Tesla’s partner company Panasonic recently started producing new LFP batteries  out of Tesla’s Gigafactories for improved energy density at a cheaper price.
  • Tesla batteries are some of the best in the industry, setting the Model 3 ahead of its electric car competitors when it comes to range and performance.

Tesla Model 3 battery size, range, and charging specs

The battery size for a brand-new 2023 Tesla Model 3 is either 50 kWh or 82 kWh, depending on the trim level:
  • Single-motor Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) base trim: 50-kWh battery for 272-mile driving range; 8.5-hr charging time at 220V/240V
  • Dual-motor all-wheel Drive (AWD) Performance trim:  82-kWh battery for 315-mile driving range; 10-hr charging time at 220V/240V
  • Dual-motor AWD Long Range trim:  82-kWh battery for 358-mile driving range; 10-hr charging time at 220V/240V
New battery cell technology: Tesla recently started using new lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery packs in the Model 3, allowing for higher energy density than a standard lithium-ion battery. This translates to a top speed of 162 mph on the Model 3 Performance trim!
The table below outlines the EPA ratings for battery capacity, range, and charging time for all Tesla Model 3 model years:
Model year
Trim
Battery capacity
Range
Charging time @ 240V
2017
Standard
50kWh
220 mi
8.5 to 12 hrs
Long Range
75 kWh
310 mi
8.5 to 12 hrs
2018
Mid Range
75 kWh
260 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
Long Range
75 kWh
310 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
Performance
75 kWh
310 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
2019
Standard Range
54 kWh
220 mi
8.5 hrs
Standard Range Plus
54 kWh
240 mi
9.5 hrs
Mid Range
62 kWh
264 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
Long Range
75 kWh
310 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
Performance
75 kWh
310 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
2020
Standard Range
54 kWh
220 mi
8.5 hrs
Standard Range Plus
54 kWh
250 mi
8.5 hrs
Long Range
75 kWh
330 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
Performance
75 kWh
322 mi
8.5 to 10 hrs
2021
Standard Range Plus
54 kWh
263 mi
6.5 to 7.8 hrs
Long Range
82 kWh
353 mi
9.3 to 11.2 hrs
Performance
82 kWh
315 mi
9.6 to 11.6 hrs
2022
RWD
50 kWh
272 mi
5.8 to 10.4 hrs
Long Range AWD
82 kWh
358 mi
9.6 to 11.5 hrs
Performance
82 kWh
315 mi
9.6 to 10 hrs
2023
RWD
50 kWh
272 mi
8.5 hrs
Performance AWD
82 kWh
315 mi
10 hrs
Keep in mind: Real-world range and battery capacity may be slightly different. Charging times also depend on the car’s fast charging functionality and which charger you use (e.g. standard charger or Tesla Supercharger).

Tesla Model 3 battery warranty

Every new Tesla Model 3 battery is protected by a Battery and Drive Unit Limited Warranty:
  • Model 3 RWD: eight-year/100,000-mile battery and drive unit warranty
  • Model 3 Long Range/Performance: eight-year/120,000-mile battery and drive unit warranty 

Model 3 battery capacity vs. the competition

The Model 3 is that it combines the competitive style and technology of luxury brands like BMW and Audi with practical electric vehicle performance. Use the table below to see how its battery compares to some of the
Model 3’s top competitors
.
Model
Starting Price
Battery capacity
Maximum range
$41,630
50 kWh or 82 kWh
315 mi
$91,380
100 kWh
405 mi
$52,630
67.6 or 81 kWh
330 mi
$29,135
40 kWh or 62 kWh
212 mi
$40,290
62 or 82 kWh
275 mi
2023 Rivian RIT
$74,800
105 or 135 kWh
400 mi
$61,869
98 kWh or 131 kWh
320 mi
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5
$42,785
58 kWh or 77.4 kWh
303 mi
2023
Kia EV6
$50,025
77.4 kWh
310 mi
Expert analysis: As
electric trucks
like the Ford F-150 Lightning continue to hit the market, their battery sizes will continue to blow the Model 3’s out of the water. However, an electric truck’s battery is built for sheer power, while the Model 3’s battery is built for economical range and performance.
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