Tesla Tips: Set up your Model 3 personal charging infrastructure [Video]

At EVANNEX we always try to design and develop great accessories that Tesla owners will love. But we also try to contribute to the Tesla community by developing useful information that can help Tesla owners better understand their vehicle and the emerging EV marketplace. This mini-tutorial is one example. 


Above: Model 3 charging at a Tesla Supercharger (Image: Teslarati via Redditor WattLOL)

If you're not aware — we’ve also developed a reasonably comprehensive Electric Vehicle University (EVU) curriculum, and the books Owning Model S and Getting Ready for Model 3. And now, we've started to develop a series of whiteboard animation tutorials for the Model 3 community. Our new whiteboard animation series focuses on the things you need to do to get ready before you take delivery of Model 3.

Our first tutorial is entitled, “Establishing a Personal Charging Infrastructure.” It focuses on what you need to do to set up charging for your Tesla Model 3 before you take delivery. 

Soon, hopefully very soon, you’ll receive an email from Tesla that will ask you to configure your Model 3. Once you’ve selected your options, placed yourself into the production queue and gotten over the initial excitement, you’ll probably have about 4 to 6 weeks (maybe eight) before your new Model 3 arrives. The big question is... what do you have to do to prep for your Model 3 during that time? In this tutorial, we’re going to discuss the things you need to understand in order to establish a personal charging infrastructure.


Above: Tutorial on setting up your own Tesla personal charging infrastructure (Youtube: EVANNEX)

Let’s consider the big picture for just a moment. For charging, the key issues are convenience and speed.

  • You can live with relatively slow charging, if its very convenient.
  • You can deal with some inconvenience, if charging is really fast.

By convenience, we really mean the ability to multitask. That is, you can do other things while your Model 3 is charging. Ideally, your personal charging infrastructure should allow you to charge quickly and conveniently, but that’s not always possible, and in many cases, it’s not even necessary.

Think about charging at your residence. You'll want a charging circuit that provides enough volts and amps to deliver electrical power to your battery quickly. In a residential setting, you should strive to achieve charging speeds in the range of 25 to 30 Miles of range per hour of charging. To accomplish this you’ll need a charging circuit that is 240 V and 40 A — sometimes referred to as a NEMA 14-50 Circuit or Class 2 charging.

Above: Charging a Model 3 in your garage (Image: EVANNEX)

What else do you need to learn? There’s a lot more in the video. Model 3 charging is probably the first thing you’ll need to get sorted out after you configure your Model 3. But there are other things you need to do (and understand) before your Model 3 arrives. We’ll consider them in other tutorials. To begin, check out this video to get a head-start before your Tesla Model 3 is delivered.


All content provided by Roger Pressman, author of Getting Ready for Model 3, and, founder of Electric Vehicle University.