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Is Tesla more economical than a regular car or not?

When it comes to comparing Tesla withgasoline or diesel cars, almost no one doubts that the electric car Ilona Mask will be more economical to use. Indeed, either we ourselves came to this, or they inspired us, but the costs of maintaining electric cars and their brothers on fuel are always not in favor of the latter. But is there really this saving? Having discarded some factors, I’ll try to answer the question: is there any sense in buying Tesla ... for example, in Russia.

Will Tesla be more economical than a petrol car? What about diesel?


  • 1 What is the consumption of Tesla
  • 2 Comparison of Tesla and petrol cars
  • 3 Comparison of Tesla and diesel cars
  • 4 How much does Tesla pay off?
  • 5 Buying Tesla in the USA
  • 6 Tesla Charging Time

Tesla Fuel Consumption

To figure this out, you first need toto understand how the consumption of Tesla cars is calculated, because here you can’t just take 100 kilometers and calculate how many liters of gasoline or diesel it took to travel. Or is it possible? In fact, Tesla has a measurement of energy consumption, and for the convenience of comparison, it also indicates 100 kilometers.

  • Tesla Model S consumption - an average of 16.4 kW / 100 km
  • The consumption of Tesla Model 3 is an average of 15 kW / 100 km
  • Tesla Model X consumption - an average of 15.7 kW / 100 km

Do you know how Tesla Model Y differs from Model 3? We already know everything.

Tesla Consumption calculated per kilometer, this datacan be viewed on the dashboard of the car. For Model 3, it typically ranges from 120 W * h / km to 170 W * h / km. Power consumption is very much dependent on the average speed and temperature at which the car is used. For example, in cold weather, the battery capacity is reduced, as well as during driving over 100 km / h or on the principle of "gas to the floor." For comparison with a gasoline / diesel car, we take the speed of 80 km / h as a basis.

Tesla power consumption sometimes reaches 200 W * h / km, depending on the operation

If you take the battery capacity of the Tesla Model 3 (nottop-end) - it is 54 kW * h. At a flow rate of about 120 W * h / km we get a range of almost 430 kilometers, and at 170 W * h / km the range will be less than 320 kilometers.

Comparison of Tesla and petrol cars

Compare with the Mazda 6, for example?

Take the claimed (and average) consumption of the Tesla Model 3 - 15 kWh / 100 km. An average sedan that looks like her (well, for example, a Mazda 6), combined fuel consumption makes 10 l / 100 km. Again, if you do not drive aggressively and at high speeds. Through simple calculations, we get that 15 kWh of Tesla is equal to 10 liters of gasoline - that is, 1 liter of gasoline in our case will be equal to 1.5 kWh of energy.

  • The cost of a liter of gasoline AI-95 in Russia - about 46 rubles per liter
  • Cost of electricity in Moscow - 5.47 rubles per kWh

Consider the ideal option: you have your own house with a garage (or an apartment with underground parking), where you installed a charging station for your Tesla Model 3. If you have electricity, it's not so difficult to do, we even told you how. And then you decided to go to work and back - suppose the distance in both directions is 100 km. Then:

  • At Tesla - you will spend 15 kWh
  • On a gasoline car - 10 liters of fuel

That is, a trip to Tesla will cost 82.05 rubles (15 kWh we multiply by 5.47 rubles), and a petrol car - 460 rubles (46 rubles per liter we multiply by 10). Significant savings - almost 380 rubles.

Comparison of Tesla and Diesel Cars

Our Mercedes A-Class

The same conditions, only now you do not have a gasoline Mazda, but, for example, a diesel Mercedes A-class. The average consumption of it leaves about 5 liters per 100 km.

Real fuel consumption of diesel A-class


  • At Tesla - you will spend the same 15 kWh
  • On a diesel car - 5 liters of fuel

A trip to Tesla will again cost 82.05rubles (15 kWh we multiply by 5.47 rubles), and on a diesel car - 230 rubles (46 rubles per liter we multiply by 5). A liter of diesel at a price has long equaled gasoline in Russia, and at some gas stations it is even a little more expensive.

Tesla was again more economical, but the difference with a diesel engine is about 150 rubles.

How much does Tesla pay off?

Does Tesla even pay off?

Price Tesla Model 3 (Standart Range Plus) in Russiais about 4,500,000 rubles. The same Mercedes A-class with a diesel engine - in the region of 2,500,000 rubles. It turns out that in order to buy Tesla, you need to pay an additional 2,000,000 rubles.

If you operate both cars in equal conditions (100 km per day), then every day you will save “on fuel” about 150 rubles.

To recapture the cost of a car, it will take 13,000 days or 35 years.

So that this figure does not shock you, let'slet's compare how much the Tesla purchase will pay off if you take it instead of the new gasoline Mazda 6. True, it costs even less than the Mercedes - about 2,000,000 rubles. To buy Tesla, you need to pay 2,500,000 rubles.

With a fuel economy of 380 rubles per 100 kilometers, which we calculated before, the car will completely beat itself off in 18 years.

The only thing when buying a Tesla isadvisable - if a gasoline or diesel car, which you consider as an alternative, costs no less than the new Tesla. Then you can really save on fuel, and the car will immediately begin to pay for itself. As a rule, people who buy cars for that kind of money have the opportunity to equip themselves with a charging station at home or at work.

Of course, you can now start talking aboutthe need for maintenance every 15,000 km for a gasoline or diesel car (and someone does maintenance every 10,000 km), but even if you spend an additional 30 thousand rubles on each maintenance, this will not affect much. Especially for Tesla, you also need to do scheduled maintenance every 20,000 km (watch or change pads, oil in the razdatki and cabin filter), for which you also have to pay. What Tesla really bribes in terms of service is the guarantee for power units and the battery - it is 8 years. The only thing - for Model 3 there is still a mileage limit: 160,000 km for the version with a standard battery and 192,000 km for the Long Range version. Model S and Model X have no such limitation.

But if the warranty ends on Tesla, and the battery "died" after that, the new battery will cost half the cost of a car.

Such a check can fly in 7 years after buying a Tesla Model S

Buying Tesla in the USA

Of course, if you take Tesla in the USA, the purchase will bemuch more justified. Not only because the same Model 3 costs $ 35,000 there (about 2,500,000 rubles), but also thanks to the widespread use of charges from Tesla itself. Although it’s more profitable to take Model S or Model X - for them Tesla branded chargers are completely free now.

How long will the action last untilunknown, therefore, current car owners should rush and take advantage of free stations. It is noteworthy that if a person bought a car with his hands, then the promotion does not apply to him, because free charging is available only to the original owner.

Tesla Charging Time

Tesla still needs a long charge

When buying a Tesla, you need to be prepared for whatIt will take a long time to charge it (at least in Russia). This is how much Model 3 SR + charges: for the Russian Federation, a maximum of 1.2 and 3 options are available, but most often they use 1 and 2:

  • Normal charging Mobile Connector (standard) - 21 hours
  • Mobile Connector using a special adapter, NEMA 14-50 sockets and power mains modifications - 6 hours
  • High Power Wall Connector + Twin Chargers (device for accelerating charging) - 3 hours
  • Supercharger V1 / V2 (up to 120 kW) - 1 hour
  • Supercharger V3 - 35 minutes
  • Even if you put the Tesla Model 3 on charge fornight in the garage, this time will still not be enough if you do not buy a Mobile Connector or High Power Wall Connector. Of course, a car will drive 100 km a day, but it won’t pick up a full “tank”.

    One thing is clear - the logic is “buy a car a little more expensive, but Tesla is more economical than gasoline", At least for the Russian Federation, does not work. If there is a choice between cars of the same price category, then only in this case it makes sense to buy Tesla. Or if you just enjoy the fact that you care about nature. Although the last statement, we have already raised a big question.