David Noland always knew electric cars were cheap to run, but this is ridiculous. [OK – Back to first-person]
After I bought the first set of replacement tires for my 2013 Tesla Model S (at 26,000 miles), I crunched the numbers and came to a startling conclusion: I’ve spent substantially less per mile for my electric “fuel” than I have for my tires.
The tires weren’t cheap. The Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season grand-touring tires set me back $250 apiece, plus mounting and balancing, for a total of $1,131.
Over 26,277 miles, that works out to 4.3 cents per mile. Pretty typical for a high-performance luxury sedan.
Over those same 26,277 miles, I used a total of 8,531 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
But, thanks to Tesla’s network of free high-power Superchargers, I didn’t pay for all of it.
As best as I can figure, I drove about 5,500 Supercharged miles during that time, including a 2,500-mile round-trip to Florida from my home in New York’s Hudson Valley.
That means I probably sucked up around 1,800 free kWh from the Superchargers.
So let’s say I paid for 6,700 kWh…My local utility, Central Hudson, charges about 14 cents per kWh. (Unfortunately, it offers no special night-time or electric car rates.)
So, let’s do the math: 6,700 kWh x 14 cents/kWh = $938…Divide by 26,277, and my total “fuel” cost per mile works out to a remarkable 3.6 cents per mile.
That’s 20 percent less than the per-mile cost of the tires that carried me on all those miles.
Yes, you can spend more – or less – on electricity or tires. Or tyres [I spent more years selling tyres than tires – few countries use American spelling for English].
RTFA for the fun and satisfaction of driving a car absent fossil fuel and the direct pollution that results. Tesla also takes advantage of the rate of torque transmitted directly to the road by a DC motor. It is a feeling that demands gobs of horsepower from anything that requires fire inside.