Why Electric Cars Are So Cheap To Drive

How Does A Tesla Model 3 Affect Your Electric Bill?

2y ago
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How much does it cost to drive an electric car? You may be surprised to learn that electric cars are very cheap to drive, and this is a result of how efficient they are. Regardless of the fuel source, electric cars, like my Tesla Model 3, require far less energy to move from one location to another. Did you know that a Tesla Model 3 Performance's battery has the equivalent amount of energy as a 2.2 gallon tank of gasoline? It's practically on empty at a full charge, and yet thanks to the efficiency of electric motors, it can travel an EPA rated 310 miles on a full charge. So how has my electric bill changed now that I'm driving an electric car? We'll break it all down in the video!

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  • And this doesn't even consider all the other bits you don't have to buy for an electric car to keep it healthy and happy. Periodic tuneups, hoses and belts, spark plugs, oil-and-filter changes, water pumps - gone. Apart from tires, my total out-of-pocket expense for my 3.5-year-old Model S with 68,000 miles on it is precisely $200, which was the deductible for an extended warranty repair at around the 65,000-mile point. Oh, and the occasional bottle of window-washer fluid. Granted, there's no business case to be made for the admittedly very-expensive Model S or Model X (just as there's no business case to be made for a Mercedes 550 or BMW 750) - but if you run the TCO on a Model 3, it stacks up very well against the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, to say nothing of the costlier cars it's typically racked up against (BMW 3, Audi A4, Mercedes C).

      2 years ago
    • Yep -- after two A4's and an A3, the TCO on the Model 3 is far better. Gas savings is barely scratching the surface

        2 years ago
    • you're looking at a comprehensively covered vehicle before the warranty ran out. I have a Grand Cherokee that has 30K on it and is covered for another 30 bumper to bumper. So what's the point?

      I have a Mustang with 120K on it. Never changed any...

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        2 years ago
  • cheaper to run,

    if I don't floor the gas pedal and spin the motor to 10k rpm like jezza everyday.

      2 years ago
  • I have a Leaf as a daily driver, way more practical than any petrol car I’ve ever owned.

      2 years ago
    • List the cars you ever owned...and then we can do a comparison if they were actually less practical...or if it is just you. But I can pretty much assume one thing...a guy that chooses practicability on buying a car...is NOT a car guy!

        2 years ago
    • I own multiple cars, the Leaf is the mundane chore car which it does brilliantly and efficiently. I save the MX5 and the motorbike for the fun stuff.

        2 years ago
  • if you look at the buying price tag gap, any fuel savings become irrelevant

      2 years ago
    • Surely that depends on how many miles you do and how long you keep it for?

        2 years ago
    • I’m not a fan of Tesla but I’m defending them on this one. The Model 3 starts at only $35,000 which is really good compared to its rivals, not to mention it has far more technology and better performance for a lower entry price. It’s definitely...

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        2 years ago
  • They are not. (Period)

    First you have to have enough money to buy one...second you have to have such a non-meaningful life to hate cars so much that you prefer to drive a golf kart with an ipad than a car. Third you have to never feel the need to go on a trip and/or prefer long lines, burocracy, border control searchs (occasionally a free rectal exam) to catch a flight full of people that nagg the hell out of your patience, or some kind of Enterprise beaming up device, ...over than just put fuel (HYDROGEN would be awesome, for those dumbwits that are having their faces glow red by my absolute hate of worthless EV bullshit trend), drive and enjoy the freedom of freeways...and not waste any time for the damn thing to charge to get somewhere...that a proper car can do with no hassle.

    With all that in mind...I wouldn't be caught driving an EV willingly, even if they gave me one and payed the electric bill 4 life.

      2 years ago
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