Tesloop, a firm which operates a shuttle service using Tesla automobiles in and around southern California, now has 400,000 miles on one of their Model S sedans, and they’ve released some maintenance figures for the edification of those who wonder how well the big electrobox holds up for the long term:
Teslas are not cheap to maintain, but no vehicle being driven 400,000 miles (643,737 km) in just a few short years is going to be cheap to maintain. Tesloop’s Model S racked up $19,000 in maintenance costs over 400,000 miles, which, in comparison to what a comparable executive sedan like a Lincoln Town Car or Mercedes GLS class vehicle would cost, is actually cheap.
It sounds like a lot, until you run the comparisons:
Tesloop estimates maintenance costs on a Lincoln Town Car to be closer to $88,500 and for a Mercedes GLS class, $98,900 over the same 400,000 miles. That nets out to a savings of $0.17 or $0.20 per mile in maintenance by driving a Tesla instead of the much more traditional Lincoln and Mercedes offerings.
On cost alone, these numbers make Teslas no-brainers as luxury transportation, undercutting the competition on maintenance and fuel cost by a significant margin.
“But the batteries!” I hear you cry.
Along the way to 400,000 miles, the Model S has also had its high-voltage battery replaced twice under warranty, at 194,000 miles (312,212 km) and 324,000 miles (521,427 km).
“Under warranty”? Dayum.
So I decided to do some extrapolation from this stack of service orders, and by the time Gwendolyn, my aged Infiniti sled, reaches 400k — she’s not quite halfway there — she’ll have rung up about $53,000 in maintenance. Not that I expect to live long enough to see that.