If you own a Tesla or are considering purchasing one, you may be wondering if it's possible to charge the electric vehicle from either side. It's a common question, especially if you plan on using public charging stations or if you have limited space at home to charge your Tesla.
So, can you charge a Tesla on both sides? The simple answer is no, you cannot charge a Tesla on both sides. Tesla cars are designed with one charging port, which is located on the left side of the car. For left-hand drive vehicles, this means the charging port is located on the driver's side while in right-hand drive cars, the charging port is located on the passenger side.
In this blog post, we'll explore the question further and provide a clear answer to help you understand the charging process for your Tesla.
Do Teslas Have Charger Ports on Both Sides?
No, Teslas do not have charger ports on both sides of the car. As mentioned above, Teslas only have one charging port located on the left side of the vehicle. There is no other port and it cannot be changed or moved to the right or front side (like other electric vehicles).
This means that if you plan on using public charging stations, your Tesla will need to either have the charging point on the left side or if it is on the right side, the cable needs to be long enough to reach the other side of your car which isn't an issue in most cases.
But you might think why does Tesla only have one charging port? One reason could be that having a single port simplifies the design of the car and reduces costs.
What Side is the Charging Port on a Tesla?
The charging port is located on the left side of all Tesla models – the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y.
This doesn't mean that you cannot charge your Tesla from both sides, it just means that the charging port is located on the left side of the car and you need to keep that in mind when at a non-Tesla charging location. In most cases, this isn't an issue as your charging cord will be long enough to reach from one side of the car to the other.
I do this all the time when charging at Podpoint (and other) charging locations when the power socket is on the right side. All I have to do is park a little further back and make sure my cable can reach the other side of the car.
When using a standard electric plug for home charging, you can use an extension cord to plug into either side of the car if you find the OEM cable isn't long enough.
Is Tesla Charging Port on the Driver's Side?
In the LHD (left-hand drive) vehicles, the Tesla charging port is located on the driver's side. In RHD (right-hand drive) versions, it is located on the passenger side of the car.
Summary: Can You Charge a Tesla on Both Sides
So, can you charge a Tesla on either side of the car? Unfortunately no, you cannot. Teslas are designed with one charging port which is located on the left side of the car. There is no second charge port anywhere else on the Teslas and it cannot be moved or changed.
That said, while you can't physically charge a Tesla from both sides of the car using different charge ports, the charging port is designed to be accessed from either side of the car, making it convenient to charge your Tesla no matter which side of the charging station you park on. Simply remember to park your car in a way that the charging cable can reach from one side of the car to the other. If you're using the Mobile Connector at home, you can use a suitable extension cord.
I hope you found this post helpful and now have a better understanding of the Tesla charging port.
Happy driving! 🙂
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