You have several options: (1) Tesla-branded Superchargers, found mostly along major roadways to help you get through your road trip; (2) Tesla Destination Chargers, which are mostly found at hotels and restaurants (many of which require you to be a customer to use); (3) other charging networks, like ChargePoint, Electrify America, and SEMA Connect, among others; (4) plugging into a wall outlet. Other than wall outlets, the PlugShare app is very useful for finding chargers of all kinds.
Most of our guests use Tesla’s Superchargers, which are the fastest way to charge. Superchargers usually take between 20 and 45 minutes to charge a Tesla. Tesla’s Supercharger network is also usually the most convenient because they are also usually located near conveniences, like restaurants. We get billed by Tesla automatically for your Supercharger use and will charge your credit card on file after your trip ends. There is no way for you to pay Tesla directly at this time.
Tesla’s Destination Chargers, often found at hotels and restaurants, take much longer to charge a vehicle—on the order of 5 – 10 hours. These are often free, but often only for patrons of the establishments hosting them.
Other charging networks can be found in many, many places. These charges tend to be even slower—more like 5 – 15 hours for a full charge. This is very useful for overnight charging, but not very helpful for on-the-go charging. Some of these chargers are free; many are not. Again, the PlugShare website and app are both very helpful, particularly for locating these chargers.
Regular wall outlets can also be utilized using the Tesla Universal Mobile Connector, which is provided with each rental. Plugging into a regular 115v outlet adds about 3 miles (or so) of range per hour the vehicle is plugged in. Slow! But it’s still better than nothing, especially if you are sleeping or just hanging out at your Airbnb or VRBO spot. And in sub-zero weather, charging this way might add zero miles of range per hour, but it will prevent loss of range overnight. Plugging into a 240v outlet typically charges a Tesla in 6 – 12 hours, but these outlets are hard to find.