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Tesla battery: how long does it last per day?

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Everything you need to know about Tesla vehicle batteries: functions and innovations

Composition and technology of Tesla batteries

The batteries Tesla batteries are distinguished by their innovative composition and cutting-edge technology. The Nickel-Cobalt-Aluminium (NCA) cathode offers an ideal balance between energy density, durability and cost, guaranteeing extended autonomy and longevity. With a graphite anode, Tesla batteries benefit from high storage capacity without compromising safety or durability.

The use of liquid electrolyte facilitates the efficient movement of lithium ions, contributing to optimum battery performance. In addition, advanced software-based battery management controls temperature, optimizes charging and discharging, and ensures safe and efficient use of stored energy. 

Overall, the sophisticated composition and cutting-edge technology of Tesla batteries illustrate the company's commitment to pushing back the boundaries of electric mobility and shaping the future of the automotive industry.

Tesla batteries over time

Since its beginnings in 2008, Tesla has placed innovation at the heart of its development, particularly when it comes to batteries. In its quest for greater autonomy, performance and durability, the brand has achieved some remarkable milestones:

  • 5-fold increase in energy density: allowing increasing autonomy for each kWh of battery.
  • Optimized chemistry : from NCA to NCM, for improved performance and stability.
  • Innovative format: with the 4680 tabless battery, reducing costs and increasing efficiency.

These advances have resulted in ever more efficient and affordable electric vehicles, constantly pushing back the boundaries of technology.

Tesla is not stopping there, and continues to explore new avenues: optimized thermal management, increased durability, efficient recycling... The objective is clear: to offer ever more powerful, environmentally-friendly batteries that are accessible to as many people as possible.

How long does a Tesla battery last?

As charging and discharging cycles accumulate, the performance of electric vehicle batteries naturally declines. Battery life can be estimated on the basis of the number of charge cycles, generally between 1,000 and 2,000.

Nevertheless, manufacturers often prefer to express their battery warranties in terms of kilometers covered or years, offering another perspective on their longevity. Tesla, for example, guarantees its batteries for 8 years, or between 160,000 and 240,000 km, depending on the model.

Elon Musk's Tesla brand continues to strive for excellence in the electric vehicle market, constantly improving its performance. The company regularly publishes reports on its environmental impact, providing valuable information on the actual lifespan of its batteries.

According to one of these reports, Tesla's current batteries, made up of 2170 cells, lose around 5% of their range after 100,000 kilometers, a notable performance compared to the forecasts of some experts who estimated a loss of 30% for the same distance. Still according to the American manufacturer's report, degradation slows down after 300,000 km, reaching around 10%. These promising data indicate that owners of Tesla electric sedans and SUVs can expect to enjoy their vehicles for many years to come, without suffering any significant loss of range.

According to data published by the manufacturer, the batteries of the Tesla Model Y, Model X and Model 3 retain on average 88% of their original capacity after 322,000 km..

This means you can drive your Tesla hundreds of thousands of kilometers, while enjoying optimum performance.

Customized warranties for every model:

  • Tesla Model Y and Model X: 8 years or 240,000 km
  • Tesla Model 3 Propulsion: 8 years or 160,000 km
  • Tesla Model 3 Great Autonomy and Performance: 8 years or 192,000 km

Tesla offers four main models: the Model S, 3, X and Y. Each model and its variants have distinct cell capacities, important in determining daily battery life.


Below you will find a table detailing the capacity differences between these models:

Model Battery capacity (kWh)
Tesla Model S (base model)
Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S Long Range
Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus
Tesla Model 3 Long Range
Performance Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model X (base model)
Tesla Model X Plaid
Tesla Model X Long Range
Tesla Model Y Propulsion
Tesla Model Y Long Range
Performance Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is a compact sedan offering excellent value for money. It is available in three versions: Standard Range Plus, Long Range and Performance. It has a range of up to 600 km, and the Performance version accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.1 seconds.

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is a spacious and versatile compact SUV, ideal for families and outdoor activities. Available in rear-wheel drive and long-range versions, it offers a range of up to 533 km.

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Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S is a top-of-the-range luxury sedan, renowned for its exceptional performance and refinement. Available in Long Range and Plaid versions, it offers a range of up to 663 km. The Plaid version holds the title of the world's fastest production car.

Tesla Model X

The Tesla Model X is a luxurious and spacious full-size SUV, available in Long Range and Plaid versions. It offers a range of up to 600 km and is distinguished by its "Falcon Wings" gullwing doors and unique interior with a central "captain's seat".

On average, a Tesla should lose around 1% of its charge per day when parked.

Here are a few concrete examples:

  • Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus: With a 55 kWh battery and an average consumption of 250 Wh/km, it can travel around 354 km. If you drive 50 km a day, the battery should last around 7 days before needing to be recharged.

  • Tesla Model Y Long Range: With a 75 kWh battery and an average consumption of 250 Wh/km, it can travel around 482 km. If you drive 80 km a day, the battery should last about 6 days before needing to be recharged.

How long does a Tesla battery last without driving?


When the Tesla is stationary, its battery undergoes a progressive discharge of its charge over time, a phenomenon commonly referred to as "vampire drain". 

This can lead to a loss of around 1% of battery life per day, a figure that can increase in the presence of features such as Sentry mode. However, Tesla implements regular software updates and battery management strategies to minimize this effect.

Can we expect a Tesla to last 20 years?

A Tesla is designed to last for 20 years, but only if it is meticulously maintained. Despite the inevitable degradation of the battery over time, it retains up to 80% of its capacity after 500,000 miles. This resilience demonstrates the commitment to long-term sustainability in the design of these vehicles.

Factors influencing battery life

Tesla battery life without driving is influenced by several key factors. Firstly, the Tesla model itself is decisive: more recent versions tend to be equipped with more robust batteries, offering higher capacity. Secondly, driving style plays a major role: aggressive driving, with frequent acceleration and braking, can accelerate battery depletion compared to smoother driving. 

Climatic conditions are also important: extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can affect battery durability. Finally, recharging practices have a significant impact: regular recharging to a low level or complete discharge can reduce battery life.

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In short, the lifespan of a Tesla battery is the result of a combination of complex factors, from innovative composition to advanced energy management. Tesla's ongoing commitment to innovation is reflected in its batteries, offering increasing range and durability over time.

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