Traditional gas vehicle = $14K lowest.
Electric vehicle = $50K lowest
TSLA vehicle $70K lowest
Just a matter of economics. I buy a $14K car then with the extra money to open a business or trade in stocks to make more money.
You compare apples to oranges, TSLA is not to be compared to a traditional gas vehicle, but instead must be compared to a high end luxury gas vehicle such as BMW, Mercedes or Jaguar.
Those cars do cost 70K or more...........
There is coolant to replace. The battery and motor are liquid cooled.
250K+ miles has become common on ICE's without internal engine
maintenance. All the externals and oil changes, of course, and a
timing belt on many, and annoying VAG plastic parts that age out and
break for no reason. It doesn't add up to more than the $600/year that
Tesla wants to sell maintenance for, unless you really pack on the
miles in a hurry.
Agree!!! The dealers don't want to sell those very reliable EVs!!! They want to sell as many ICE vehicles so the ICE vehicles will "turn around" back to their shops for the MANY lucrative REPAIRS!!! Accumulate!!!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
Edmunds car has less than 20,000 miles:
((( When we last left our 2013 Tesla Model S, it was on the back of a flat-bed tow truck, having died on my colleague, Matt Jones. It spent the night in a tow yard and was delivered to the Tesla service department in West Los Angeles the following morning.
Vince, our service advisor, was great about giving me updates throughout the course of the day. "We're getting a bunch of faults from the drive unit and main battery pack," said Vince. "Our technicians are taking a look at it now. I'll call you when I have more information." )))
Sorry, I have to wonder about the Edmunds study at this point as there are people here that have Teslas have between 3 and 12K miles no significant problems.. I would love to know if there's a adversarial person present around that Edmunds car. Also, anyone who has managed industrial facilities as I have would anticipate that a SCR, solid state controlled battery power source is a simple and VERY dependable electrical drive device. Generally, fan motors and production equipment that is constantly changing rotational velocity, torque under wild temperature variations will operate for years without service hence their study is very suspect. I could understand if wheel alignment or the electronic connectors were failing but the DC power source controls should last indefinitely, over 100K miles per their guarantee. There's a red flag with their findings.
Actually there are a few. but you are 100% correct that drive train maintenance is practically zero.
Motor has 3: one rotor and 2 bearings.
Gear box: not sure here but from the shape of the outside I think it has: 4 bearings and 2 geared shafts.
Drive Axels: 2, one for each rear wheel.
Now all these parts are pretty much non serviceable and should last a life time (over 600K miles).
Sentiment: Strong Buy