I drive well above average. My commute is 40 miles each way. On the weekend I usually take a trip to visit friends or family who live between 100-220 miles away. I understand that this is not a typical situation, but there are many people like me who have a long commute and who average 700 miles of driving/week. I pay 6 cents/kilowatt for electric and I'm locked in for that price via contract with National Grid. Again, I understand that not everyone pays that little for electric. But if I were to buy the largest (85kw, 265m per charge) battery that is guaranteed for 8 years and unlimited miles, considering the savings from electric vs. gas ALONE, the car would cost me a total of $5,000. Now that there's financing, I'm in. My order will be placed next week.
HaHa Dustymyboy. You just figured it all out now? Just in time to place your order next week? Think of all the gas you think you are wasting this week, and last week, and the week before that... Come on, you can string a better story than that you ol' ranch hand. And don't forget this is a sopheristicated audience here on this board, not like out on the farm..
Can you charge at work? Your drive is almost perfect for a Chevy Volt as well. I bet you pay more than .06/kWh. You have to include all costs - generation, transmission and other factors. Just divide your electric bill by the # of kWh used to get a pretty good idea. Very few locations in the USA other than Texas have sub-.10/kWh. If you are on National Grid like I was in western ny, price is between .10 and .11.
I'm a tesla supporter but also be aware of the "vampire drain" that occurs daily of 3-4 kWh. That is supposed to be fixed in software sometime soon, if not already.
You're probably right. .06 seemed very low and I seem to remember thinking it was .11/kw. No doubt I missed part of the bill. Even so, with that and vampire drain I'd still take the Tesla over the Volt. Hopefully the bank agrees.
(( average 700 miles of driving/week. ))
(( . But if I were to buy the largest (85kw, 265m per charge) battery that is guaranteed for 8 years and unlimited miles, considering the savings from electric vs. gas ALONE, the car would cost me a total of $5,000 )))
A.) Why haven't you bought one?
B.) Because you are smart enough to realize that you can invest $100,000 and earn enough income to buy enough gasoline to drive 700 miles per week. And when you are done you will have most of the $100,000 investment still earning you money - not a car that needs to be traded in.
Cars are not an investment. they are an expense. If you want a Model S then buy one. Stop pretending and just buy what you want.