Purchasing a Tesla may seem like a big investment, but the savings in fuel costs and maintenance make it worth it. Unlike traditional gas cars that have an average fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon, a Tesla has a range of over 400 miles on a single charge. Tesla also has a network of superchargers along major highways that allow you to quickly charge your vehicle for long trips.
To calculate the cost of a cross-country road trip with a Tesla, we need to consider the following factors:
Let's say you want to take a 3,000-mile trip from New York to Los Angeles. According to Tesla's trip planner, you will need to make 5 Supercharger stops for a total of 50 minutes of charging time. Depending on the location, you may have to pay for the electricity used at these stops. On average, the cost of charging a Tesla to full capacity is about $15-20. Let's assume that you have to pay for charging at 3 out of the 5 stops, for a total of $45-60.
Next, we need to consider the cost of staying at hotels with Tesla charging stations. Most hotels that offer Tesla charging stations provide them for free to guests. However, there are some hotels that charge a fee, which can range from $10-30 per night. Let's assume that you will be staying at hotels with free charging stations for 3 nights, and hotels with charging fees for 2 nights, for a total of $20-60.
In addition to these costs, you will also save on fuel expenses. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average cost of electricity in the U.S. is about $0.13 per kilowatt-hour. The Tesla Model S Long Range has a battery capacity of 100 kilowatt-hours, which means that it will cost about $13 to fully charge the battery. This is significantly cheaper than gas cars, which cost about $50-100 to fuel up for a long trip.
So there you have it, folks! Planning a cross-country road trip with a Tesla may seem daunting, but with some careful calculation and smart charging decisions, the costs can be minimized. And with the added benefits of a comfortable ride and earth-friendly transportation, who wouldn't want to hit the open road with a Tesla? Happy travels!
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