REAL FUEL COST TO DRIVE A MODEL S 1,000 miles per MONTH = $0
- and I don't charge at work (or use any free public charging).
- and I don't have PV panels on my roof.
- and I have never used a supercharger.
- and anybody can do it . .
Thanks to Tesla's year end push, I received my Model S on Dec. 23rd, allowing me to file for my $7,500 tax credit this spring. I looked into using the money for a PV system, but they were still much too expensive, and I had some roof orientation issues as well. So instead, I decided to use the money to upgrade my 12 year old electric heat pump (air conditioner). My old model was a 10 SEER unit, and the new Carrier Greenspeed unit promised 18.5 SEER. I estimated that with this improvement in efficiency, my average electric bill would go down by about $50/month. With 2 months experience, my estimates have held true.
Carrier Greenspeed Link:
Based on my 1,000 miles/month of driving, I was using about $35 to $40 of electricity for the car. However, after installing the new high efficiency heat pump, my bill went down about $50/month. The net change in my electric bill inclusive of the car and the new heat pump is about $10 lower than I recorded in each of the previous years (April & May).
Bottom line - Lower electric bill, and essentially no cost for electric fuel (and a $300 tax credit on next year's taxes for the new heat pump).
P1,491 - 85 kWh - multi-coat red, tan interior, obeche matte, black roof - air suspension, tech package - 19" wheels
I have my MS for almost 4 months now and been keeping track of my March/April/May electric bills:
- No solar panel at home
- TOU meter installed with off peak starts at 9pm (now we can do laundry, dryer and dish washing
machine after 9pm)
- Never use supercharger, not yet anyway
- Average gas bill for my SUV before MS is $216/month
Electric usage for my last 3 months is 1351KW with total of $1.95 go to my MS use. I plan to continue tracking this for a year to find out my overall fuel savings.
So my cost would be $86k and ~$40 a month in electricity.
My alternate cost would have been keep my 7 year old car. And continue to pay the ~$300 a month in fuel.
So I spent a boat load of money on my Tesla.
And am glad I did pretty much every day. I only regret it for moments when I see a new toy that I probably won't get, because I have spent my toy budget for the next 5 years. It goes away as soon as I think about my car.
I received my car mid-December and since then I've been averaging around $100 a month in additional electricity charges based upon additional KWs used.
Our home is heated with gas, so there really shouldn't be much variance year-to-year in kw usage in the winter. Our Electric rate is .165. We have no time of day discount with PECO in the Philly area.
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Evan E. Fusco, MD--Nixa, MO
Model S R77/VIN-1267-- Black 85kWh (non-perf), Tech, Lacewood trim, tan interior, Sound Studio, Air Suspension, 19" rims, twin chargers, HPWC
Model X Reservation Sequence # 5966 (for the wife)
Well, summer power time is here and my average cost is $0.27 / kWhr overall this month (using a lot of power besides car right now 1800 kWh total for May) 600 kWhr put in car but only 356 @ my home.
which driving like I have been (370+ Whr/mile , let's call it 400 for power losses in charging ...but in reality, I have charged for free for 1000's of miles too) is about $0.10 per mile
My Rav4 V6 limited (2008) got a lifetime average of $0.16/ mile. (worst recorded MPG was 16 best was 26)
To compare driving quality, the S just blows away the Rav4 and it would have never kept up with my driving style of the S either. I think my gas usage in the Rav4 would have doubled if it was even possible to drive it like the S without it breaking!
- 'Joules' 12/1/12 - 21990mi @ 375Whr/mi Zextraterrestials S (tory)
I don't drive a lot & annually around 9,000 max. If calculate the average of 24 it will be 375 gallons x 4 (if gas price goes down saves more) = 1500.
Now if you look at the Model S price and gas expense, I am not sure what to make (considering I have ICE car cost me $21k five seater with 24 avg highway & city combine)
Model S cost starts from $70 to 100k depending on battery selection. Even at low end will be around $75k. I look at the difference of $54k (30yrs * 1500 =45k +9k for repairs) and not sure when I will start saving...
I know both cars won't last 30yrs, and Model S will have repairs as well after the warranty expires (consider an additional cost of battery, but I will leave that for now). You have to consider that tesla will be only one to repair your model s and it will be expensive to fix things.
Furthermore, consider additional insurance cost (twice compare to normal ICE I pay for) people pay for model s. I am reading people has many problems with models (not major) and takes the car to tesla (they are great in handling that)
I might be wrong but explain where I will be saving because I don't drive a lot and how it make sense for people to sell existing ICE and buy tesla.
You confuse me fastcars. Is your 21k ICE a luxury sedan? Because if it's not, you are using incorrect comparisons.
If you own a Hyundai and want to consider a Hummer, you can't make comparison math work.
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