Here’s The True Electricity Cost Of Owning A Tesla Car That Will Startle You

If you own a Tesla, you might think you have bagged all the right to entitle yourself as a saviour of the Earth but think about it, how truthful is it? Are you contributing to the save the earth or vice-versa? Here’s the answer!


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To clear your doubt you might calculate your electricity consumption with the tool inbuilt in your Tesla. You can add the prices per kW and Price/Gallon to check the cost per mile and consequently the saving. Though the tool will give you a positive status, a few Tesla readers have shared their experience on Quora and this might be of some help.

Here’s what Leland Shenfield had to say:

“I have two Tesla that we use as daily drivers.We don’t do a lot of long trips, but we have school-age kids, so we pack on about 15,000 miles per year. Our electricity bill has gone up ~$100/2 months, or ~$600 per year. For gasoline, if you take a large sedan at 20mpg, and an SUV at 15mpg, the cost would be:

At $2.50/gallon:

(15,000/15)*$2.50= $2,500

(15,000/20)*$2.50= $1,875

So $4,375-$600= $3,775 worth of savings.

For all of you waiting for it, yeah, it doesn’t make up for the cost of the cars by a long shot, but it is definitely cheaper to operate. Also, I never stand outside freezing or sweltering or getting wet, while hosting toxic liquids into my car. Just sayin’.”


But the other one showcased the fact that the changes in climate also affect the consumption:

“I average 40 miles a day at 280 Wh/mile – this is fairly conservative driving. I’ve heard of some people averaging 360 Wh/mile.

This equates to an extra 336 kWh used per month.

At my rate of $0.11/kWh, that’s about an extra $37 per month.

Also, extreme climates will noticeably increase energy usage, since the car has to keep the battery within the optimal temperature range. Really cold climates require more energy than really hot climates.”