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The price of a Tesla Model 3 in the US starts at $35,000 (before tax incentives), whereas in Europe it starts at 50.000 euros. Maintenace costs, gas, EV tax incentives, and insurance costs, are some of the most important things to take into account when purchasing a Tesla.
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Tesla might be close to making the Model Y decidedly more affordable. Electrek sources claim the automaker has begun trial production of a Model Y RWD LR version that would lower the price compared to the AWD models. Production trial is one of the last steps toward bringing a new version of a vehicle to market.From issue #123
Tesla dropped FSD and AP for owners but Elon just announced that prices are going back to normal on Monday. This is after a few Tesla owners who already purchased EAP complained about having to pay more for FSD than people who didn’t. If you own a Tesla and you want to take advantage of the lower prices for FSD or AP, hurry up and get them before Monday.
Read more: TwitterFrom issue #50
Oyinko has created a spreadsheet to compare the cost of buying a Model 3 vs keeping his M235i.
Comparing the cost of ownership of a Model 3 AWD ($19,280) and P3D ($23,920) vs the M235i ($22,650), the numbers are very close. Although the price of the Model 3 (both of them) is higher than the M235i, the total cost of ownership is only 3k of difference for the AWD and 9k for the P3D.
Thanks for sharing Oyinko!
Read more: Google spreadsheetFrom issue #20
It’s not the first time that we hear about FSD potentially being offered as a monthly subscription (vs. paying for it before or after purchasing the vehicle). Just a few days ago, Elon confirmed on Twitter that a FSD «monthly rental» will be available sometime next year.From issue #135
A recent report from venture capital firm Loup Ventures found that the depreciation of Tesla’s MS compares quite favorably with that of other vehicles in its class (Tesla Model S loses 28% of its value vs. Mercedes S-class ~36%, and BMW 7 Series 40%). Not that we’re planning on selling our MS any time soon, but lucky us :)
Read more: EvannexFrom issue #37
Thanks pete3442 for putting together the numbers. Here is a summary of his calculations.
Cost of electricity $0.12/kWh. Cost of gas $3/ galon.
|Car||Consumption||$ / 100 miles|
|Model 3||4 miles per kWh||$3|
Read more: RedditFrom issue #17
«Compare The Market» offers a very general overview of electricity rates and calculates how much it would cost to charge up a Tesla. All calculations are based on a MS with a 100 kWh battery charge & 259 miles per charge. The cheapest country is Chile where it costs $2.70 per 100 miles. The most expensive is Denmark where it costs $13.13 per 100 miles.
Read more: Compare The MarketFrom issue #64
After two years of owning a Model S, this owner has spent more money per mile on tires than on electricity. These are his calculations:
- Tires: $1300/40k mi = 3.25 cents/mi
- Electricity: $0.07/kWh * 1 kWh/3 mi = 2.3 cents/mi
As one of the comments mentioned when he or she complained about the cost of replacing the performance tires… «you gotta pay to play.
Read more: RedditFrom issue #67
Apparently not. Some of the main reasons shared by Tesla owners in the TMC forum are:
- Tesla takes the 7500 tax credit and pockets it, (unlike Nissan which treats it like a down payment)
- Bad money factor (e.g. hidden costs in the monthly payment)
- One of Tesla’s main advantages is the Supercharger network for further travel - you’re not going to be taking advantage of that in a lease with limited yearly mileage»
Read more: TMC ForumFrom issue #21
Tesla just updated the price of its Model 3 SR+ lowering it to $37,990 (-$2k) in the US. Prices elsewhere remain untouched, at least for now.
Model S/Model X LR and Performance versions’ price has also been lowered to $74,990 and $79,990 respectively (-$5k), but they no longer come with free Supercharging.
If you’re ordering a Tesla soon and we’ve been helpful in any way, please consider using my referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: Twitter
From issue #113
An interesting study conducted by the car search engine iSeeCars.com, which analyzed over 6.9 million car sales to identify which vehicles experienced the most and least depreciation in the past three years. As it turns out, the Tesla Model 3 is able to retain its value over five times better than other EVs in the market.From issue #121
Tesla has dropped the price of the Model S and tthe Model X by $8,000. Model S and Model X that were previously sold under the 100D label will now be sold as “Extended Range” vehicles, while Tesla’s top-of-the-line P100D variants will now be branded as Model S Performance and Model X Performance. If you’re tempted, order before February 1st and get 6 months of free Supercharging with our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266
Read more: TeslaratiFrom issue #44
Tesla lowered the price of the Model Y Long Range AWD by $3,000 on Saturday, July 11th. The other current version offered, the Model Y Performance, received a $1,000 price drop. If you’re purchasing a Model Y soon and we have been helpful to you in any way, please use our referral code http://ts.la/ignacio9266 to get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging.From issue #120
Tesla just raised the price of AP if purchased after delivery to $8k but the new trial offers a promotional price of $5,500. If you try it and like it, buy it while it’s still discounted!
Disclaimer: We love our AP and think it makes road trips much more relaxed even though you still have to pay full attention to the car, traffic, etc.
Read more: TeslaFrom issue #32
Right after Tesla has cut the price of the Model S by $4,200, Elon has said on Twitter that they’re reducing its price again to $69,420 (Long Range Plus version). This would be the third time that the Model S gets a price reduction this year, bringing Model S 2020 discounts to over $10,000. Not bad!From issue #133
This Spanish taxi driver has shared his honest experience after a year driving a Tesla Model 3 for work. The videos are in Spanish, so here’s a quick summary:
- Saved 10k euros after 1 year and 100km/62 mi
- Charging/Gas cost: 0.5€-1€/100km vs. 12-13€/100km 115cv Diesel
- Purchase cost: 48k euros (including tax deduction) vs. 20.000€
- Battery degradation after 100 km: 3-4% (degradation happened mostly between 30,000 and 60,000 km)
- Only maintenance was changing the tires
- Only con is that not everyone figures out how to open the doors
- Why Tesla (instead of other EV): Range/ charging infrastructure and easier to homologate as a taxi
Model S Changes:
- Carbon fiber spoiler has been made standard on all the Model S P100D
- Rear-facing child seats are gone
- 21″ Black Arachnid Wheels are not in the config anymore
- Panoramic Sunroof is gone
Model X Changes:
- The 6-seat with center console configuration has been discontinued
- 72 amp on-board charger: now only available in single phase markets. Other markets will only have the 48 amp charger»
Read more: RedditFrom issue #33
TeslaJoy - I’m proud to say she is a subscriber to this newsletter, hi Joy! - has published a fantastic video about her first year of owning a Model 3 and what that her maintenance costs have been.