I recently got a Tesla. It may end up being the subject of many posts because I am indecently in love with it.
How much cheaper is it to operate? This does not account for purchase price, tax incentives, cost to rewire a garage outlet to 240v etc. Or that I can charge for free at work. Just looking at mile to mile costs.
Total driving and electric usage so far: I used 262 kWh to travel 1,057 miles.
I pay $0.106 per kWh on my electric bill (That’s an all inclusive rate, which bakes in all the random fees and sales taxes. The ‘pure’ rate is $0.083, so I’m taking a 27% hit here). That works out to a total expenditure of $28.29 to travel those 1,057 miles.
My last car got roughly 18 miles to the gallon in the real world, so that would have equated to 59.3 gallons. At $4.00 per gallon, that’s $237.10 to go the same distance in a gas car.
All in all, the Tesla costs ~12% as my last gas car to drive. Wow. 12%. Over eight times cheaper.