is TESLA good for me?

I drive 45000-50000 miles per year and its all within 40 miles of Chicago. I am home every night so charging at home is not a problem. Problem is sometimes I put 200 and sometimes I put 300 miles per day so there would be days when I would have to do mid day charging. I drive Lincoln MKS which gets 22MPG now so I spend well over $1000 in fuel per month plus sythentic oil change $100 per month. Is tesla good for me? How reliable would this car be since I would have like 200K miles in three years or so.

Sounds like a great way to save a bunch of cash if you have a good mid-day charging solution for your long days.


Because you drive a lot, it is way cheaper to get a Tesla.

Informally, Tesla has moved away from limited mile warranty with an 85 kWh (you can get a verbal or written e-mail on this.) That means 8 years with unlimited miles top-to-bottom warranty except for the rubber tires.

Consumer Reports got it a 99% owners reliability satisfaction rate but just like anything, a car can break down, and Service Center can fix them easily and they can give you a loaner while it's in service so you can continue on your unlimited miles.

Make sure you buy pre-paid services all you can get: 8 years AND rangers (so they can go to your place, instead of you going to Service Center).

Rangers come to your house for any issues already, gratis. I think service is better left to the service center so they can do everything, such as the alignment, so I see no point in paying for the ranger service. Rangers are somewhat limited in the field. And years 4-8 comprehensive warranty costs $4K.

@Tam - where can I find info on this unlimited warranty? I've only been told that it's up to 160,000 KM.
I take delivery on Friday. Drive as much as the OP.

Thanks in advance.

From the Tesla website:

4 year or 50,000 mile, whichever comes first, new vehicle limited warranty
60 kWh battery has an 8 year or 125,000 mile, whichever comes first, warranty
85 kWh battery has an 8 year, unlimited mile warranty


It has been discussed many times, included:

You can read from Ownership Experience e-mail:

"You are correct, the mileage stipulations have been removed."

They still insist that you stick to the time (maximum absenteeism for the service center is 1 year, unlimited miles).

Thanks, Tam. I appreciate the information.

It has been discussed a number of times, but I just purchased and was told that there was no unlimited KM warranty. Checking with my DS and Service folks now.

@Bighorn. Thanks for the info. I was wondering about the bumper to bumper mentioned above.

The unlimited mile warranty is top-to-bottom on the BATTERY only. So it's really only about 4" thick.

For the rest of the car, original warranty is 50,000mi/4 years, extension warranty is $4000 for the next 50,000mi/4 years.

Yes ONLY battery has 8 years warranty. All fancy door handles, power windows, tablet, lighthing etc is for 4 years or 50000 miles warranty. Dont think that when you reach 56K miles and your power window does not work they will fix it for free.

Still debating if I should buy tesla. 50K miles per year is a lot. Is EV car ready for that?

RIght, mileage is your main concern. The extended warranty for $4K takes comprehensive out to 100,000 miles.

I don't do quite as much mileage as you, but should hit 100K miles in four years. I don't have doubts about the longevity of the Model S and I think you will find it saves you significant money on gas and maintenance.

I would check a couple of things:
1) Establish how quickly you need to charge and make sure you can support home charging that meets your driving needs. A 40A NEMA 14-50 connector will take 9 hours to put 270 miles of range on your car. If that's not fast enough, you may want look at dual chargers and a HPWC.

2) Check the SuperCharger maps and sites like PlugShare to make sure there is midday charging available in the areas you will be driving.

3) Might want to check out adding solar to further offset your utility bills.


dario.d --
"Sometimes" you drive 200-300 miles per day? How often? Are these days planned or unplanned routes? Alternatives, in addition to finding a source of mid-day charging, include keeping the MKS or renting a car to use on those long distance days. Good luck with figuring out your best approach. Enjoy your Model S!

These days are usually planned but I can reschedule to recharge but it would have to be like maybe two hour break to get like 100 miles. Keep extra car is not an option because of rules. There is supercharging station coming to Chicago area in one month not exactly sure where. Besides supercharger what is second fastest way to charge? I heard wallgreens chargers add 5 miles per hour and that would not be enough. If I order car soon I would get whatever option charger there is to make charging faster. At current rate in Illinois it would cost me about $9 to charge it at home from empy to full overnight.

You would be right at the edge of Tesla range, probably less in cold weather/traffic jams. Per your comment, you MUST have access to high-voltage charging (40 amp or more) during the day or you're likely to have no reserve or be stranded on the side of the road.

HPWC will get you close to 60 miles added per hour.

@dario, go for it, you'll have your work cut out for you to get on the big board!

@dario.d - is the MS the right car for you? The answer is simple - it improves the quality of your life. Unexpected to me the driving stress is so much less in the MS then any other car. We go twice a month to the in-laws ( 200 miles RT ) and it was always a hassle with the Mercedes do we have to go? Now it is lets go and my wife and I are fighting who is allowed to drive ( I let her drive most of the time because I have the car all week ).
My suggestion is to keep your Lincoln for the sometimes days, but I bet you will find a way to make all of your days to fit the MS.

@dario.d-I'm from the Northern Suburbs and love my S! Not sure where you are driving but there are a lot of chargers around you can used when you are in at meetings etc. can help you locate them. There are some 70-80 amp chargers, those will give you about 50 mph charge rate, and there are some chademo, which will charge at about 140 mph(you will need an adapter from Tesla). And, yes, there will be some superchargers soon. If you ever venture North there is one going in at the Highland Park service center, and there will be 'a few' in the city. You should go for it!

Could you rent a car the days you need to drive 300 miles?

I've got my car for 2 weeks and put on 2k miles so far. Love the car, and only used a supercharger for a long trip. Otherwise home and infrequent plugshare works for me. Love the ride!

Thanks for your reply. How many miles can you add at one hour of charging at starions listed on Sorry chunky car will have special livery plates and rentals cant be used.

You are the ideal Model S owner. :-)

@dario: lists most public chargers and currently they are at a maximum of 30 amperes which get you about 15 EPA rated miles per hour.

NEMA 14-50 50 amperes from RV parks get you about 30 miles per hour.

Superchargers get your empty battery to 1/2 full in less than 1/2 hour.

My work is only 9 miles from home, but I go meetings quite a lot for the past 11 months. 400 or more each way (almost 900 miles per round trip). My odometer is now more than 29,000 miles. I don't have another car. This is my only car. And I haven't used one single drop of gasoline so far!

plugshare is just a way for average folks to offer up their charging stations or find public stations--variable mix of kWs

@ Tam:

"My odometer is now more than 29,000 miles. I don't have another car. This is my only car. And I haven't used one single drop of gasoline so far!"

That is amazing! You got to drive a great car and pay much less for fuel vs an ICE vehicle. :-)

I see there will be chademo adapter available for tesla. There are few chademo statiins by my routes and it says you get 170 miles for hour of charging. That would make my mid charging easy

Yep, sounds like you looked at the chargepoint website some. the Chademo adapter is coming soon(should be a moth or two), listed here( Otherwise, charging rates vary between charger setups. If you had your car setup with dual chargers you could also use 70-80 amp systems (or a HPWC, which will give you 50-60 mph charge, which could also be useful. I'm sure the downtown Tesla guys could help you locate some chargers too, there super helpful (and maybe give a hint on the future supercharger)

oops, sorry, mis read and thought you couldn't find the adapter.


One of our members here already has 50,000 miles on his Tesla. He's in love.

I would also say if you spend 1100 a month in gas, you are prime Tesla material.