Charging the Tesla Model 3

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Where can I charge the Tesla Model 3

Model 3 can be charged at any of the 40,000+ electric vehicle charging locations nationwide, including Hertz, Tesla, third-party and public locations. You can also connect to a standard 120V household outlet using the Mobile Connector kit.


Limited time only: Charging included.

Enjoy charging on us when you book a Tesla Model 3 and charge at Tesla network chargers.

*Available on pickups between Nov. 1, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022. Idle fees at Tesla network chargers and charging and idle fees at third-party chargers excluded. Transportation Network Company (TNC) reservations – like Uber – excluded. Terms apply.

Locating Charging Stations on the road

Tesla Supercharger stations – the fastest charging option – will automatically appear on the navigation screen. To find all available charging stations:

How do I open the charge port?

The charge port is located near the driver’s side taillight. To open the charge port cover, use the touchscreen or push once on the cover. When using a Tesla charging station, press the charging station connector button and the cover will open. The charge port cover will close automatically when connector is removed.

How do I charge Model 3?

To charge, remove the charging station connector from its dock, open the car’s charge port and insert the connector into the charge port. When charging is complete, press the connector button until the charge port logo turns white, then remove the connector and return it to its dock.

plugging in at a non-tesla station

Once the charge port cover is open, insert the charging station connector into the charge port. When charging at a non-Tesla charging station, you will need to connect a SAE J1772 adapter, found in the Mobile Connector kit, to the connector before inserting.

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Charge port logo color indicators

The charge port logo will flash green while charging and be solid green when charging is complete. If the logo is yellow, unplug the connector and then plug in again. A red logo indicates an issue with the charging station. Move the car to a different dock and try again.

What are the different types of chargers?

There are three different levels of chargers available for Teslas starting with a standard wall plug charger and going up to a Supercharger.


Level 1 Charger

Pin Locator Household Plug

Every hour charging adds about 3 mi.

Bolt 120v |

Clock 18-20 hrs


Lvl 2 Charger

Pin Locator Public Charging

Every hour charging adds about 44 mi.

Bolt 240v |

Clock 5-7 hrs



Pin Locator Public Charging

Every hour charging adds about 200 mi.

Bolt +480v |

Clock Est. 1 hr

Note: Charge time may vary per location. Public chargers may not produce the same output shown above.

More things to know about charging

To celebrate the release of our Model 3 fleet, charging is included at Tesla network chargers for Model 3 rentals picked up before February 1, 2022.* Although free public charging stations exist, most stations charge a fee based on kWh usage, charging time or percentage of battery charged. Just as gas prices fluctuate, charging fees vary from station to station.

*Idle fees excluded. Third-party charging fees, for which the renter is responsible, will be billed automatically to the credit card on file. Available on Tesla Model 3 rentals picked up between Nov. 1, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022. Additional terms apply.

The touchscreen displays battery charge status, both percentage and time remaining, and will let you know when charging is complete. Additionally, the charge port logo and Tesla charging dock will display solid green. 

Model 3 can travel up to 260 miles** on a full charge. Regen braking, safe driving practices and minimal accessory usage can extend driving range. The battery meter and range are displayed at all times on the touchscreen. You can also use voice command to ask for the battery charge status.

**EPA estimate according to Tesla, Inc. product specifications.

You can remain in Model 3 while it charges, but turning the car on and utilizing features such as the Toybox, air conditioning or device charging will cause the car to charge at a much slower pace. 

While not impossible, the chance of Model 3 running out of battery power is extremely unlikely. Monitor your charge, plan for your next charging station stop and pay attention to car alerts to avoid a depleted battery. In the improbable event your battery dies, you will need to be towed to a charging station.

The kit comes standard with every Model 3 rental and includes a SAE J1772 adapter for charging at non-Tesla charging stations, along with a 20-foot connector cord and a NEMA 5-15 adapter for charging with 120V household outlets.

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Plugging In

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