1. TeslaCentral Question's Avatar
    When I recently bought a Model S, I was told to just charge it every evening. I only drive it about 30 miles to and from work, so I find myself only charging it every 2-3 days. Is there a reason with respect to the life or performance of the car's battery that I should charge it more frequently?
    11-05-2016 09:06 PM
  2. hljmesa's Avatar
    75 % of max charge is ideal... I had a Nissan that worked the same way just charged once every 3 or 4 days if you're driving local
    11-28-2016 02:02 PM
  3. Derek Kessler's Avatar
    Tesla says that on a daily basis you should charge it up to 90%. A full(ish) battery is a happy battery just make a habit of plugging in to top off when you get home. That way you're also set with enough range should you need to make a longer trip happen on short notice.
    11-28-2016 04:57 PM
  4. Tesla2's Avatar
    Derek, please provide a link to this 'recommendation' after 60,000 miles, we see no battery degradation by charging when needed to maintain level between 20% and 80%. Always topping off tends to have a negative effect after x years. Someone, please prove me wrong.
    03-04-2017 11:12 AM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    This if from the manual, on page 9: "We recommend plugging in Model S every day. The most important way to preserve the battery is to leave your Model S plugged in when you are not using it. We also recommend that you charge Model S within the Daily Range limit. You can adjust the charge limit to 100% for long trips." This is interesting to me, because I was originally under the impression that we should charge to 80%, then use it until it's down to about 40% (much like mobile device batteries). I guess I'll change my habits now and keep it plugged in every night!
    03-20-2017 12:14 AM

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