How much does it cost to charge your Tesla?

Whilst I was waiting for my Model 3 to arrive, I thought I should work out how much it would cost to charge at home and run.

I’ve now since expanded this spreadsheet to cover off multiple variants of Model 3, Model S and Model X.

All you need to know to use it, is which car you’ve got (!), starting and ending charge (drop down options), your rates for both day and night (or special EV rate depending on provider) and how long that window is. If you put that data in, you’ll then get a fairly good estimate on how much it’ll cost to charge up and run your car.

The calculation takes into consideration a 6.5% charging loss (based on data from real users) and range data from Teslike, which is data sourced from real users, rather than the over ambitious ranges Tesla have to tell us.

Hopefully this helps understand some of the costs and maybe even helps you convince your company / a loved one / anyone that will listen that a Tesla is the right choice for you 🙂

Click here to visit the dynamic sheet: How much will it cost to charge and run my Tesla from home

There are three tabs at the bottom for Model 3, S and X.

If this sheet does help and gets you ready to order a Tesla, please consider using my referral code to get us both 1000 free supercharger miles and entries into a raffle to win a Model Y and a Roadster!

By |October 17th, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on How much does it cost to charge your Tesla?

Tesla Model 3 Cost comparison between PCP and PCH

EDIT: Link below now updated to show the current OctopusEV Tesla Model 3 lease prices as of 10/02/2020

Before anyone tries to get in touch, I know, they are completely different products. Hopefully this will be helpful for people like me that aren’t planning on purchasing the car and are looking for the lowest overall cost.

First things first, what’s the difference between the two products?


PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) is a way of purchasing a new car with cheaper monthly payments, by giving you a lump sum (Guaranteed Final Value / GFV) to purchase the car at the end of the term. Traditional dealers tend to be able to throw in some decent discount on PCP deals as they tend to skim some of the APR you pay each month, so there’s some extra cash to be had for them over a cash deal. With Tesla however, short on buying an inventory car (there are Model 3’s starting to turn up now) there are no discounts.When you have a PCP deal, the car is in your name and is effectively your car. At the end of your agreed term, you either pay the lump sum or hand the car back. Normally dealers (probably not Tesla!) will try and get in touch near the time of the deal running out to get you in a new car. With a PCP deal you also get the option (although the finance companies would really rather you wouldn’t) to Voluntarily Terminate (VT). VT’ing means you can end contract once you’ve paid off 50%. Doing this does get you a mark against your credit record (neither negative or positive) but means you could get our of your deal early or not […]

By |October 17th, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on Tesla Model 3 Cost comparison between PCP and PCH

Tesla Model 3 UK collection – checklist and other important information

If you are nearly ready to collect your new Tesla Model 3, then congratulations! It’s an amazing car to own and drive 🙂

However, you will need to be prepared for the handover process, as it tends to be a little different from a regular car pickup. There is sometimes some minor damage from the car being transported and some other known issues.

One VERY important thing to know, is that you only have 100 miles in which to report minor damage. Items such as stone chips and scratches need to be reported before 100 miles for Tesla to help you. This does not include big paint defects, anything outside of normal wear and tear will still be covered past 100 miles.

Check your car over throughly, take as much time as you need. If you feel you pressured to move on, park up out in some daylight on the way home and finish off the checks (maybe at your first supercharge :)). Should you find anything, ensure you report it via the Schedule Service section in your app!

One other thing not covered in the check list is the brake fluid levels. Please ask that this is checked (the brake fluid reservoir is under the service panel in the ‘frunk’). There has been a known issue (my car included) where the low brake fluid warning came on until topped up. This has the unfortunate side affect of stopping hill hold and autopilot from working.

For the rest of the checks, I’d advise printing the check list and if possible take a friend of family member to help you run through the list so you don’t miss anything in the excitement!

Here’s the list (in PDF for printing or word […]

By |September 24th, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on Tesla Model 3 UK collection – checklist and other important information

Tesla shortcut icons for your iPhone

Having installed the ‘Tesla Remote’ app on my iPhone, I got the shortcuts for Siri working and also looked to add a few for my home screen.

Some of the generic icons work well (lock and unlock for example), but I thought I’d re-do some of the app icons, having done that I thought I’d share them out.

I’ve done them with both a black and red background (sampled the red from the Tesla logo). Save these icons on your phone, then you can chose to use them instead of the icons on offer in the Apple Shortcuts App 🙂

This is what they look like on the phone 🙂

3/10/19 – Quick edit to add in the Vent (and close) icons and the Demist icon too, as I’m sure that’ll be available soon 🙂

9/1/20 – Quick edit to add in Heated steering wheel and Sentry mode on/off

By |September 20th, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on Tesla shortcut icons for your iPhone

How to use a Pi Zero W to record and auto upload Tesla Cam and Sentry Mode videos to Google Drive!

Not the snappiest of titles, but it covers what we are trying to achieve! Some very smart people have worked out how to make your Tesla believe your Pi Zero W is a USB drive, this then uploads your saved clips and Sentry mode events to either a local NAS or Online service when you connect to WiFi.

This guide focuses on getting the sync to work to Google Drive, as the NAS transfer seems to work off the bat with the headless setup guide found on the Marcone teslausb github page linked below.

The instructions I’ve based this off have come from:’ve then filled in the blanks from lots of googling and a discussion thread on the forum.

Here we go!

First off, you will need;Raspberry Pi Zero W & Case Micro SD Card – 64gb (£10.58 at time of writing) – 128gb (£16.42 at time of writing)Micro USB lead to connect it to the carPurchases via these links give a kick back to the Tesla Owners Group UK who use these funds to do great charity work.

Next you will need to grab the image from Gitlab, the Marcone fork is what I’ve used and seems to the most frequently updated.’d suggest grabbing the image file and burning it to your micro SD card, on my Mac, I used ‘ApplePi-Baker’

Once the image is on the micro SD card, on your laptop or desktop edit the “wpa_supplicant.conf.sample” file and replace your WiFi details within the quotation marks in the below section:network={ ssid=”YOURSSID (Wifi name)” psk=”YOURPASSWORD (to connect to the Wifi network)” key_mgmt=WPA-PSK }

Once done, exit and save the file, rename it to remove the .sample, so the new file should […]

By |August 31st, 2019|Tesla|Comments Off on How to use a Pi Zero W to record and auto upload Tesla Cam and Sentry Mode videos to Google Drive!