the cost of recharging and autonomy on a long journey of 850 km

The queen of electric sedans, the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie, will face our long-distance simulation exercise to make sure Tesla’s promises are indeed achievable. Reload time, total cost, everything goes. Let’s go to!

Tesla Model 3 // Source: Frandroid

After you’ve introduced the body of the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion to you, it’s the turn of its older sister, the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie, to take part in the long summer and winter vacation game. With promises even better than Elon Musk’s entry-level sedan, we look at the potential time and cost savings of crossing France compared to other EVs.

As usual, the rules are as follows: start at 100% battery, finish at 20%, and the vehicle must be moving at top speeds. We will recall the characteristics of the car (autonomy, battery, charging power) and compare them with reality on earth. Thus, with the help of future files regarding other vehicles, you will be able to determine the one that will allow you to arrive safely at the lowest cost and as quickly as possible. Without further ado, let’s see how long Tesla Model 3 Long Range rides are.

Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy Specs (2022)

The Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie is undoubtedly the most anticipated vehicle of the turn when it comes to long distance travel. Indeed, the Tesla sedan is an electric vehicle that promises to be able to travel everywhere, minimizing the limitations associated with electric mobility, thanks to its autonomy and ability to recharge quickly.

A battery of around 80 kWh allows for a WLTP cycle range of 626 kilometers when equipped with 18-inch rims (602 kilometers in 19 inches), but we’ll live up to that promise on the ground. motorways less favorable for electric vehicles.

Tesla Model 3 // Source: Unsplash – Stefan Lehner

As for the charging power, peaks at 250kW on the Tesla Supercharger network., allowing you to charge enough to drive 150 kilometers in less than 10 minutes. Thus, during long trips, it will be possible to use “small” gas stations to get to your destination faster.

Besides the Tesla Supercharger network, the advantage of the Tesla Model 3 Long Range is that it can use third-party fast charging networks such as Ionity, Fastned, Totalenergies and others. Therefore, we will not be content with using Tesla superchargers, but will accept the opportunity to recharge elsewhere during the simulated journey.

As usual, A Better Route Planner is used for route planning with the default consumption reference for the car model reviewed today.

Route planning

To ensure that all cars are on an equal footing, start trips with 100% battery charge, given that this stuffing has to be paid at the average price per kWh in France, which at the moment is 0.17 euros. Then 80 kWh represent €13.60: we take this cost into account when calculating the cost of each major trip.

The first major route simulates a summer holiday from Orléans to Arcachon (530 kilometers), while the winter route starts in Caen and ends in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (850 kilometers).

For the summer itinerary, the parameters shown in the Best Route Planner are as follows: outside temperature 25 degrees Celsius, no wind, arrival at the charging station with 10% battery left, and arrival at the destination with 20%. For a winter trip, essentially the same, except for the weather, where we chose a temperature of 0 degrees Celsius.

Balance of different routes

Almost too easy summer ride

There are two possibilities to link Orléans with the Gironde, in all cases for one fee. Without leaving the motorway, the Ionity Poitou-Charentes station allows you to recharge in 25 minutes, which is enough to arrive in Arcachon with a 20% battery charge. At the current Ionity tariff (€0.69/kWh) this charge requires 31 euros, bringing the total with home charging to almost 45 euros..

The second option is to go through Angouleme, where you can easily charge for 13 minutes on a Tesla Supercharger to charge the battery from 20% to 63%, enough to get to Arcachon with 20%. The cost of this recharging will be less than 18 euros at Tesla’s current tariff of 0.52 euros per kWh. Thereby, the total cost of the trip will be 31 euros including home charging.

With a 13-minute charge for a total run of 530 kilometers, this great summer ride in the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie could be considered “too easy” as the restrictions associated with electric mobility disappear.

Everyone can choose between an Ionity on the highway or a Tesla Supercharger off the highway while driving, but given the same duration and much cheaper fare, it seems more reasonable to choose the Supercharger option. Consumption in this case will be 183 Wh/km versus 197 Wh/km if you stay on the highway.

Even in winter, no load exceeds 20 minutes

The period of the year that puts a strain on electric vehicles, the winter holidays necessarily consume more electrons than the summer ones. However, thanks to the heat pump and the optimization of fuel consumption, the secret of which is Tesla, the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie quickly covers the 850 kilometers separating Normandy from Haute-Savoie.

Four charges are required to complete this ride, but none should exceed 20 minutes.. So if you don’t want to eat during the eight and a half hour journey, you will probably need more breaks than your car. To cover the 850 kilometers of our reference route, it takes only 1 hour 02 minutes to recharge and 7 hours 24 hours to travel.

Tesla Model 3 Great Autonomy Route Caen Chamonix
Source: Abetterrouteplanner

The first required recharge is after more than two hours of travel on a Vélizy charger for 20 minutes (42 kWh, €21.80) and the second in Avallon (42 kWh, €21.80), still on the Tesla network.

The Macon Saint Albain Ionity station is in this case preferred over the Mâcon Supercharger station (slower and mandatory detour), where a 17-minute recharge (40 kWh, €27.60) is needed to reach the last Supercharger station on the trip. Saint-Julien-en-Genevois in just 10 minutes (32 kWh, €16.50).

Generally, we would recharge 156 kWh at a price of 87.70 euros starting at 100% and reaching 20% ​​at the destination. Including the fee for leaving home, the cost rises to 101.3 euros for 850 kilometers of our winter trip. At the same time, the calculated consumption is 244 Wh/km, which is almost 30% higher than the consumption compared to the summer route.

Consumption, cost of recharging and autonomy

We summarize charges and charging times (including charging at home for 13.60 euros) in the table below: you can see how we view our examples of where the vehicle of interest is compared to others on a similar journey.

Vehicle Summer trip cost Summer trip charging time Total travel time in summer
Tesla Model 3 Drive 36 – 49 € 31 min. 5 h 09 min
Tesla Model 3 Long autonomy 31 – 45 € 13 – 25 min. 4 hours 56 minutes
Kia EV6 58kWh 52 – 60€ 38 – 43 min. 5 hours 30 minutes
bmw i4 48 – 58 € 22 – 37 min. 5 hours 11 minutes
Hyundai Ionic 5 72 € 36 minutes 5 hours 16 minutes

Vehicle winter travel cost Winter travel charging time Total travel time in winter
Tesla Model 3 Drive 102 € 1 hour 42 minutes 9:16 am
Tesla Model 3 Long autonomy €101.3 1 hour 02 minutes 8:27 am
Kia EV6 58kWh 120 € 1 hour 54 minutes 9 h 59 min
bmw i4 147 € 1 hour 32 minutes 9 h 08 min
Hyundai Ionic 5 145 € 1 hour 29 minutes 9:14 am


Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy is sure to take the first place in the table of electric vehicles, allowing you to get from point A to point B in the minimum time. Indeed, in just 13 minutes of charging to cover over 500 kilometers of our summer route, and in just one hour of charging to cover 850 kilometers in winter, it is hard to beat.

The cost of 100 kilometers on these long journeys varies from 6.10 to 11.90 euros., which could make it more fuel efficient on long trips than its little Tesla Model 3 Propulsion sister. Indeed, with a larger battery, it fully benefits from 100% charging at home before leaving and does not necessarily need to be charged as fast as the Propulsion model. Thus, the overall cost of the trip is slightly reduced.

Tesla Model 3 - Supercharge
Tesla Model 3 in Supercharge // Source: Bob Jouy for Frandroid

In addition, this saves forty minutes of charging on an 850-kilometer journey in winter, or, in other words, The Tesla Model 3 Propulsion takes 65% longer to charge than the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie in our Can Chamonix..

The question everyone has to answer is whether this significant time saving is worth the price difference between the two models, which currently stands at 11,000 euros. Depending on your profile and your needs, the answer is not trivial. And with repeated price increases for the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion, the big-battery version is getting more and more attractive.

But Teslas may not be the queens of this exercise, as we saw in our ranking of the fastest charging cars. So we’ll soon look at what another manufacturer’s car will do in our long-distance simulations: the Kia EV6. Until then, the Tesla Model 3 Grande Autonomie can boast of being the fastest…

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