There are two methods to charge your Tesla electric vehicle while on the move. You may utilize either a Supercharger or a Destination Charger.
However, what is the difference between these two chargers, and which one is the best for you? Which of the two should you choose? Let's find out.
What Is a Tesla Destination Charging Station?
A Tesla Destination charger is a wall-mounted charging device, as illustrated in the image above. These converters provide power to your EV via alternating current (AC). You can charge your vehicle for a few hours or overnight using a Destination Charger at a restaurant, hotel, retail mall, or other location.
Depending on the location, Tesla's Destination Chargers can provide your vehicle with as much as 44 miles of range per hour, or as little as 30 miles.
The greatest aspect of Tesla Destination Chargers is that they are free to use. We say "basically" because, while the cable itself is free, your destination may charge a parking fee for the duration of your charging session.
Alternatively, some locations may require you to be a paying customer to use the charging stations. For instance, if you want to use a Tesla charger at a restaurant, the proprietors may only permit you to do so if you order food.
It is also noteworthy that Tesla announced in August 2022 that it would offer a paid service via its Wi-Fi-connected Wall Connector. However, this will only be available at locations with at least six Destination Chargers.
In the United States, there are nearly 4,000 Tesla Destination Charging stations, and in the United Kingdom, there are over 1,000. If you reside in one of these countries, there's a good chance you're close to a Destination Charging location, particularly if you're in a city; however, Destination Chargers can also be found in rural areas.
If you are unsure of where you can locate a Destination Charging location in the United States, you can consult Tesla's Destination Charging webpage, which features a map of each location. Tesla also offers a comparable map for the United Kingdom and European Union member states.
What Does a Tesla Supercharger Mean?
As the name implies, Tesla Superchargers are capable of charging your vehicle at a significantly quicker rate than Destination Chargers. Direct current (DC) is supplied directly to the EV battery by these devices. You may have seen these chargers at a local filling station, as they are becoming more commonplace alongside traditional fuel pumps.
The V3 iteration is the most recent variant of Tesla's Superchargers. This charger has a maximal output power of 480V (or 250 kW per hour). Using Tesla Superchargers, you can charge your electricvehicle by more than 80 percent in less than one hour. In fact, you can add 75 miles of range in only five minutes! Consequently, it is incomparably more practical than Destination Chargers.
Tesla Superchargers are not free, unlike Destination Chargers. However, there is no fixed price that all consumers are required to pay. In fact, Tesla Supercharger prices can vary between stations, not just between regions.
Superchargers cost approximately $0.50/kWh to charge an electric vehicle in the United States. Nevertheless, prices may fluctuate above or below this amount. Tesla has increased Supercharger prices in California multiple times. Customers may pay as much as $0.57 per kilowatt-hour during prime hours.
Things are significantly more expensive in the United Kingdom. If you own a Tesla electric vehicle (EV) or have subscribed to Tesla's membership plan (for a monthly charge of £10.99), you will pay approximately 50 pence per kilowatt-hour (kWh). However, this price will increase to 60p/kWh if you are not a member of this membership program or do not own a Tesla EV.
However, you may be in luck. Before 2017, charging is completely free for all Tesla vehicles purchased. Indeed, a Supercharger is being utilized. Therefore, if you are an early adopter of electric vehicles, you may be able to save money on charging.
In addition, it is essential to remember that the price of Tesla Superchargers will likely increase as global electricity rates rise. There is no doubt that Supercharger rates will continue to increase in the future, as they have already risen numerous times.
In addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, India, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Japan, there are presently over 40,000 Tesla Superchargers in other countries. If you reside in a country that supports Superchargers, there is a good chance that a Tesla Supercharger is nearby.
Those in the United States can use Tesla's Supercharger map to locate the nearest station. Tesla also provides a comparable map for customers in the UK and EU. Alternately, the locations of Tesla Superchargers can be viewed at supercharge.info.
Destination vs. Superchargers: Which Is Better?
This question's answer is highly circumstance-dependent. If you only need a small amount of juice for your EV and the location you're at doesn't charge much, if anything, to use its Destination Chargers, then this is your best option, particularly if you have the time.
However, a Supercharger would likely be the superior option if time is not on your side and you wish to charge the majority of your EV's battery capacity. In addition, if the company offering a Destination Charger requires you to pay a substantial amount in another manner (e.g., by purchasing a meal), you are likely not receiving a good bargain.
Obviously, if you purchased your Tesla prior to 2017, your first choice should be the Supercharger, as it allows you to charge your vehicle in less time and for free. Regarding speed, the Tesla Supercharger is likely your best option overall.
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While traveling, take advantage of Tesla's Charging Stations.
If you are away from home and need to charge your EV, you may be in close proximity to a Tesla Destination Charger or Supercharger.
Both offer a convenient method to charge your electric vehicle while traveling, whether for a few minutes or a few hours. However, neither is always free.