What are the maintenance costs for an old Tesla Model S?August 17, 2020
The owner of the Tesla Model S electric car, who drove almost 300,000 km over the course of five years of ownership, spoke about how much money he spent on maintenance.
One of the main advantages of electric vehicles over cars with combustion engines is the much lower operating and maintenance costs of such a vehicle. This is what the manufacturers of these very electric vehicles say. But are these cost savings really that significant?
When Tesla’s first electric vehicles hit the market, in particular the first Model S sedans, it was unclear how reliable they would be in the long run.
They were, after all, built by a relatively young company with limited experience in the automotive industry. Over the years since then, Tesla’s sales have skyrocketed, and some of the brand’s model owners have traveled vast distances.
One of them is Steve Sasman. In 2014, he bought a used Model S P85 with a range of 56,000 km. He drove it a lot during the five years of ownership, before selling the car last August with 344,515 km. He even took an electric car on a trip to the 48 states of the United States and Canada.
Sasman said he spent $ 5,415 in total on maintenance for the Tesla Model S sedan, with the most significant spending being $ 2,215 for a new infotainment system and $ 790 for a new charging port. He also replaced two sets of tires, a doorknob and a 12-volt battery, as well as something else called “little things”.
Tesla’s current owner continued to drive the Model S frequently, and the electric car recently crossed the 482,803 km mark. Maintenance costs for the last 138,403 km were “about” $ 5,000. In general, it turns out that for 482 803 km. you need to spend more than $ 10,000 to keep the electric vehicle in good technical condition.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that Western Europe became the leader in terms of supply of electric vehicles. This result was recorded in seven months of this year.
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