In the 9 months I have owned my Model 3 this seems to be the most asked question by curious folks. I present here an approach that is foreign to most of my EV friends. It took an engineer and very rational thinker to explain this to me. I thank them for their out of the box thinking. I was blind and now I charge. Warning: Knowledge is Dangerous. Do not read this post. It may cause you to have the best responses to the curious folks who ask you about your TESLA. It Contains DETAILS which are true... and most people I encounter don't want the details...too much information... . (But if they needed a brain surgeon or attorney, wouldn't they want someone who knows all the details?) So please read on with caution. Charging is key to electric vehicles. I attempt to lay out the relevant time expenditures inherent in the "gassing" process. These are things we all did automatically and without question because that is the way we were raised in a fossil fuel economy. So this is what I tell them: (Brace for Details....Brace for Details) (this assumes you can plug in at home. ) Keep in mind, I am trying , with my answer , to educate them to the fact that Time of charging is a non issue, time to gas is more of an issue, and the thousands of years the carbon lasts in the atmosphere is ultimately the highest most life threatening issue... That is the issue... that they don't know what the real issue is. That is why Elon Musk made this car in the first place. How long does it take to charge? I respond "You don't "charge it"....." "Gassing " an ICE car...to me means the active process of adding fuel to your car. The Gassing process requires planning and spending real time to do the following: 1 diverting to gas station either on the way to work or to home... (wondering all the way if the gas prices are up because its Friday or just before a holiday,) 2 - waiting in line an jockeying for position 3- getting out of your car and into the heat, or cold, or rain, or snow) 4- digging out your credit card....don't drop it in the spilled gas! 5- selecting the correct grade 6- standing in the wind etc picking up the pump nozzle in smelly and many times at night quite possibly an unsafe transitional space. Car hijacking and "sliding" are common crimes in gas stations. Tips to keep your kids safe while you're pumping gas 7 - Squeezing the pump handle for the actual "gassing" step for 4 or possibly 5 minutes" 8- paying or getting a receipt 9 - getting back in and re diverting to your destination...wondering if that smell in your car is actually gas on the soles of your feet...now on your floormat! 10- Washing your hands as soon as you get home...remember the pump handle that 300 people grabbed before you that day....never cleaned since installation maybe 4 years ago? 11- remembering to never let your kids pump gas? (Many kids have been injured ingesting gas when it kicks back and splashes into the face of the child... Some non-knowing parent let little Johnny or Mary pump gas like a big person. Not good.) So many things.... so many details... And we pay for this? With an electric plug in at home there is none of that wasted hour or two "gassing" activity during the month, month after month, year after year. (Now THAT'S a lot of "gassing" time.) Plugging in at home is much safer for everyone... much more comfortable and better for us and the environment. Caution: More details to follow. Brace for Details....Brace for Details! Now for the real TIME equation. You must factor in the added work time to pay for the privilege of doing all the above. Only a fraction of your hard earned pay (weeks of Time at work every year, actually goes into actually moving your ICE car down the road! The majority of that taxed income goes into the air in the form of waste heat and air pollution (Just look at all the huge bug-like grills on the ICE cars! Most cars now, because they have nothing else to distinguish themselves with choose grille shapes akin the the shape of Darth Vader's helmet! Different shapes of grills identify the different brands! Talk about burning through your cash...ice cars excell at that. You are paying a premium to pollute our air. After combustion, one gallon of gasoline weighing about 6 pounds, forms just over 19 pounds of carbon. How many pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) does a gallon of gas produce? A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This assumes the average gasoline vehicle on the road today has a fuel economy of about 22.0 miles per gallon and drives around 11,500 miles per year. Instead, with a TESLA , go home, plug it in on the way to the kitchen. Leave home every day in a warm car with a selected state of charge ..hundreds of miles of range. 4 extra seconds on a few days or 1 day a week and YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAND THERE CHARGING. Just like you don't have to stand in front of the washer and dryer to do your weekly laundry. Set it and forget it. Charging at home represents what most people do for approximately 90% of your driving miles. The cost for me is approximately $4.50 for 310 miles of driving the safest car in the world. I have said this many times to people and they smile and say "Yeahhh I get it! Their fascination at the details never ceases to amaze me. People want to know. The details do not crush them. They thank me and ask if I sell these cars. For Supercharging time, my response is similar but with different details. "You don't SUPERCHARGE either. Just have lunch in a clean restaurant or in a warm car in winter...or a cool car in the summer. " At a recent Supercharging stop in Liverpool NY, a fellow from Florida politely asked me "how long does it take to charge my TESLA"? My response was, "I'm not charging it. I'm having lunch." He understood instantly and smiled. He needed no additional details. He said he was interested in the upcoming TESLA Pickup Truck. I told him "So am I" Nice guy, nice day, nice experience, nice lunch. Did I mention the clean restrooms at the hotels and casinos? Enjoy their smiles. Charge and live long in a safe TESLA.