TRUE Cost of a Tesla Model 3 (After 10,000 Miles)

  • Published on Sep 6, 2018
  • After 10,000 miles here's how much it has cost me to own & drive a Tesla Model 3
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    These numbers are all based off my personal experience so it's not going to be the same for everyone but at least it will give you an idea of the costs and how much a difference it is driving a #Tesla compared to an internal combustion engine vehicle. I’m going to compare my #Model3 acquisition to what it would be like if I kept driving my 2007 Pontiac G6.
    The total cost of my Long Range #TeslaModel3 was $56,000. I also had to pay $3,422 for taxes. I am getting the full $7,500 tax credit but my car insurance increased by $500/year so assuming I keep my Model 3 for at least 5 years that brings it to $54,422.
    However we also have to calculate the cost of installing a home charging outlet. This cost heavily depends on your particular location and how difficult the install is. My NEMA 14-50 outlet cost $900 for a professional electrician to install, which is on the expensive side because my box was the furthest possible distance from my garage so they had to run cable underground which increased the price.
    That brings it to a grand total of $55,322 upfront cost for my First Production Long Range Tesla Model 3, assuming I keep it for at least 5 years.
    How much does it cost to charge & drive a Model 3 compared to buying gas? My Model 3 is at 10,400 lifetime miles and it’s averaging 233 Wh/mile. So far I’ve only spent $20.29 on four Supercharging sessions, and that resulted in approximately 700 miles of range which means the other 9,700 miles traveled were from charging at home in my garage. To find out how much it’s cost to travel those 9700 miles we need to calculate my electricity rate along with the Model 3’s charging efficiency. My off-peak electricity rate when I charge my car at home is $0.06882 per kWh.
    However, 100% of the electricity doesn’t make it into the car’s battery when charging at home. This is true for all electric cars. Edmund’s is doing a long-term test drive of the Model 3 and they're measuring the average wall-to-wheels efficiency. So far from their tests they’ve seen an 83.3% charging efficiency (meaning only about 83% of the electricity makes it from the charging cable into the car battery). And if we also account for the amount of battery that depletes as the Model 3 is just sitting somewhere not plugged in (I’ll make a guesstimate and say 3% is a fair assumption for vampire drain), that brings us to 80% total charging efficiency.
    So 9,700 miles at an average of 233 Wh/mile with an electricity rate of $0.06882 per kWh with an 80% charging efficiency equals $186.65. And if we add the $20.29 I’ve spent on Supercharging that comes to a grand total of $206.94 spent to travel 10,400 miles in my Model 3.
    If you compare that to my 6-cylinder automatic transmission 2007 Pontiac G6 which averages 21 miles per gallon and using the current average cost of gas in my area which is $2.77 per gallon, the total cost to travel 10,400 miles would be $1,371.81. That means I’ve saved almost $1,200 over 10,400 miles or maybe it’s better to say that’s $1,200 I’ve stopped having to give to gas stations since getting my Model 3. And I’m not driving a car that puts out any emissions which feels great.
    Also keep in mind there are free apps like PlugShare and ChargePoint that show you locations of thousands of public charging stations, most of which are completely free for anyone to charge their electric car which is something that just doesn’t exist with gas stations.
    Also I’ve saved so much time from not having to stop at gas stations during my normal weekly driving. It takes me 5 seconds to plug in my Model 3 in my garage. When I drove a gas car I had to get gas at least once or twice per week, and each stop took around 5 minutes. So over the course of a year that’s a huge amount of time saved from not having to stop at gas stations.
    We could also get into the money saved from oil changes and maintenance but that's another story. So far I’ve paid absolutely $0 in maintenance for my Model 3 so hopefully that continues. It’s been a fantastic car after 10,000 miles and it’s still just as much fun as the day I got it. I hope you enjoyed this detailed look into how much owning and driving a Tesla Model 3 actually costs.
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  • Andy Slye
    Andy Slye  7 days ago +3

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  • Jeremy Robbins
    Jeremy Robbins Hour ago

    Now in contrast to my V8 Chevy Van. I get 10k mikes per oil change so no cost of maint based on your scale and at such a low MPG I am still over 30k under your cost. I can drive cross country and tow all my belongings and a boat with me.
    Also people must understand that the Tesla's cost is increased during winter months and this is a compound effect based on how cold it gets. Just running your heater will drain your battery not to mention the auto heater to keep the battery warm. Not with my V8 thou, it is FREE heat!
    I will keep my van and enjoy vacations across country where I do not have to pay for a hotel as I can fit a bed in the back cargo area.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Hour ago +1

      Haha you think your heat is free? It uses energy just like my Model 3 does. The difference is you're paying for more expensive gas to use that heat compared to paying for cheaper electricity.

  • Rez Ghlm
    Rez Ghlm 5 hours ago

    Hahahaha what if u need to charge it in hurry like a long drive? Norman car would only take 5 minutes. And wait till u get to service ur tesla make a video after that bill

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 hours ago +1

      If you are so worried about charging for more than 5 minutes on a long drive then don't get a Tesla. Sounds like a Tesla isn't for you my man.

  • Chris Brown
    Chris Brown 9 hours ago

    electricity is about 4 times the price here.... :(

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 hours ago

      Yes price of electricity varies drastically by location

  • roberto ribas
    roberto ribas 20 hours ago

    FFS, I’m a multi millionaire, and don’t pay $50k for cars. So you save $1200 on gas. Invest the $30k extra spent on the car at 4% and you are equal. I fill up once a month on my accord, at Costco , where I’m going anyways. I want a cheap electric, in the near future, after I move to Portugal. The biggest cost of ownership is depreciation, which you conveniently ignored. Your insurance is also much higher than any other similarly sized sedan, since the 3 is the same size as a civic.

  • David Stewart
    David Stewart 22 hours ago

    man there so many angry comments in here.. just because someone makes a choice that you wouldn't does not make them wrong.

    • David Stewart
      David Stewart 15 hours ago

      No kidding man!!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  22 hours ago +1

      Welcome to the mad house of what is a Tesla video comment section haha

  • Butthurt
    Butthurt Day ago

    The 6.8 cents you are using in your calculation is only the generation part of your bill. If you look at your bill, there should also be a distribution charge (assessed by kwh) and potentially some other fees. I live in PA so we can select our electric generator which is usually around 6 cents/kwh. However, the total for generation and distribution is around 12 cents/kwh. As a result, you should revise your math to include the total price of your electric, not just the generation portion.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Day ago +1

      Here's a pic of my total electricity charges from a recent month: You can see I pay $12/month for a "basic service charge" which I pay regardless of how much electricity I use so that is constant and not affected by my Model 3 charging. The only other cost on that screenshot that could be a delivery fee would be the one labeled "Electric DSM" which is $0.00254 per kWh which came to a total of $2.96. Very minimal to say the least and does not drastically affect the total amount I've spent on home charging.

  • peanutaxis
    peanutaxis Day ago

    What about when it falls apart and only Tesla will service it. And they'll charge you $$$

  • peanutaxis
    peanutaxis Day ago

    The US finaly realises why 110V is retarded.

  • Zaphod Breeblebrox

    Powered by clean Wyoming Coal, or Nuclear, or Natural Gas... The truth is... there's a bunch of emissions... Just not in your backyard.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Day ago +1

      Not just my backyard. It's zero "tailpipe" emissions everywhere I actively drive the car for the rest of its life.

  • wes west
    wes west Day ago

    You forgot distribution charge probably another .05 per kWh

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Day ago +1

      I don't get charged anything extra like that. Here's a screenshot of a recent electric bill:

  • Live Exam
    Live Exam Day ago

    Tesla 3 could run for 1.2 million miles and battery capacity after this mileage will be around 80%. This car could last 3 times longer then any gasoline car. So practically you bought 3-4 cars for $55k. So you paid only 18 K for your Tesla:)))
    Minus gasoline and Maintenance and it is dirt cheap car!!!!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Day ago

      I mean, that's certainly one way to look at it haha

  • carl edward
    carl edward Day ago

    Dude, the $9,000 you paid for the extended range battery is the same as ICE fuel cost. Why? Because without it you couldn't go the extra range. You paid $9k to go further on a charge = "fuel cost".

  • Aaron Luis Arriaga

    so you haven't rotated the tires?

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  Day ago +1

      Yes there’s a local tire shop in Louisville that gives free rotations to Tesla owners.

  • Buff Barnaby
    Buff Barnaby Day ago

    When the battery dies on the road , will they bring you 5 gallons of electricity?

  • Buff Barnaby
    Buff Barnaby Day ago

    Let me know when your battery goes 160K MILES as my Ford Focus has already and has at least 100K MILES left in her. Paid for 14 years ago.

  • Buff Barnaby
    Buff Barnaby Day ago

    Running air cond. here in So Cal would kill the battery as would my stereo system with extra amplifiers. Also electrics do poorly in cold weather....battery drains fast. They do poorly in high heat too.

  • Buff Barnaby
    Buff Barnaby Day ago

    The power co. is producing GINORMOUS pollution to make electricity for your car though...oops.

  • Kat Kealy
    Kat Kealy Day ago +1

    Great review. Thanks!

  • Tomas Varkalys
    Tomas Varkalys 2 days ago

    Actually, you are poluting the air even more with tesla, rather than with internal combustion car. How so? Well, because electricity power plants emit more polutants in the air while "making" electricity for your "no emission" car, rather than the int. comb. car would (for the same milage/electricity amount) polute itself. And don't listen to trump - there is no "beautiful, clean" coal :) .

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      “For the US overall, an electric vehicle is much cleaner than a gasoline vehicle, even when you take into account the emissions from natural gas, coal, or however else you’re generating the electricity” -

  • ferkemall
    ferkemall 2 days ago

    Your electricity comes as a package there is meter rental/standing charge tax green taxes woven in and a host of other stuff your saying 6.8 cents per KW ,ok then take the TOTAL cost of your electric bill and then turn it into cents devide the 6.8 cents into that and then devide by a 100 and then that is the true cost of your electric per Kw h .

    Me my 1.6 Renault Automatic with all of the usual stuff plus anti hyjack system ,france is full of thieves and immigrants cost me £1500 5 years ago all i had was brake discs and pads and a 3 oil changes its neve rmissed a beat .

    my new energy contract came through so this year its gooing to cost me another £178 for exactly the same energy i used last year ,
    Anyway enjot you Tesla and good luck its just an EV is not for me ! /UK

    • ferkemall
      ferkemall 2 days ago

      +Andy Slye Well it flashe dup then i got a half a screen advert from a advertizing company and i never agree to signing away my privacy

      But hey that wa sa quick reply , have a good week !

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      Here's a screenshot of one of my recent electricity bills:

  • cleatrampler
    cleatrampler 2 days ago

    Makes me glad I have a 30 year old Diesel truck running on fuel made from waste plastic. Truck cost 1000 dollars 10 years ago, have spent about 200 a year in maintenance, 800 a year insurance, Best of all the truck can pull my trailer with a Bobcat on it. Probably spent over 1000 dollars setting up the plastic to diesel refinery.

  • Donny H
    Donny H 2 days ago

    Just wait until you hit over 100,000 miles. You're going to have many proplems and headaches. It's going to put a big hole in your wallet and time if you plan to fix it yourself.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      2018 Model 3 is very different from an original Model S. When Model 3s start to hit 100,000 miles Tesla will be in a significantly better spot to provide more affordable service to owners. I'm not worried about it.

  • A.R. Gentum
    A.R. Gentum 2 days ago

    VW is getting ready to make the same thing for 50% off or $23,000 lol .
    The fad is over. Good luck when that POS's warranty expires and TESLA goes tits up.
    Elon Musk is clueless; people want SUVs not passenger cars here in the US.
    Epic failure kinda like ENRON. But hey; it's cool and trendy lol.

    • A.R. Gentum
      A.R. Gentum Day ago

      +Andy Slye oh poor baby; you should immediately fill out Tesla's "hurt feelings form"
      seven copies... so press hard. lol Car company? that's what Tesla is?
      Weak financials (ponzi scheme) and Elon hasn't made a penny profit; so....
      Today I covered half my TSLA shorts; if you cry and whine some more; perhaps you
      make TSLA tank to, oh say, $200 then we can be friends; NOT.

      Just don't wander too far from one of those "service centers."

      I'm not a Tesla hater; I don't like the gov't interfering with the free market and subsidizing
      bogus car companies. Remember GM's EV1? Neither do most people; in 5 years no one will remember Tesla. lol.

      Elon Musk should consider getting into the tow truck business; lol investor (sucker) money will really pour in. Please keep your Model 3 and be happy (buyer's remorse). It's okay.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      Hey thanks for regurgitating what every other Tesla hater says. A Tesla obviously isn't for you. You don't have to be so angry at a car company. Go buy another car. It's okay. I'll keep my Model 3.

    ZEMI GOD 2 days ago

    I was done at 56'000

  • billyclub
    billyclub 2 days ago

    tesla model 3 the perfect card for nerds.

  • Steven Freitas
    Steven Freitas 2 days ago

    I still enjoy a supercharged Mustang GT. Electrics are getting better, but charging while out on the road is still a pain in the ass, finding a charging station and having to find something to do while waiting for a charge. Of course, charging at home is a way around it. What many don't realize is the infrastructure needs to get up to a point where charging stations are like gas stations. Plus, with no fuel taxes on EVs, what will be done to raise revenue to maintain roads? Tax the gas customers to the hilt? Penalize then for not being "green". Hardly seems fair and equitable. Of course the argument is EVs do not damage like gas powered cars. Well, a Toyota Corolla doesn't weigh in at almost 2 tons so it's impact on road wear is much less.
    Plus here's another thing....why does the Model 3 look like a squashed Model S? No grill looks kind of stupid if you ask me.

    STEEPPOW 2 days ago

    The only way you truly have zero omissions as if you are getting your electric from a nuclear power plant. Otherwise, you are still causing hair level of energy production and it depends if it is coming from coal or nuclear. Either way fantastic car but the energy still must be produce in some fashion before it gets into the battery.

  • Dear Leader
    Dear Leader 2 days ago

    Holy shit... 6.8 cents per kWh lol.... thats dirt cheap....

  • Abinico Arts
    Abinico Arts 2 days ago

    Have you calculated the cost of the lawsuit after your hands free Tesla runs over and kills a pregnant woman.

  • Latorre
    Latorre 2 days ago

    Do you pay 6¢ per KWh for Supply or Delivery. Reason I ask is because your calculations may be off.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago

      Here's a screenshot of one of my recent electricity bills:

  • matt someone with an SRT

    Cool car. But I’ll keep my 2019
    Charger hellcat. A gas station stop is a good excuse to use 707hp.

  • M MMM
    M MMM 2 days ago +1

    BUT THE CAR IS $55,000!!!!!!!!!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      Right now if you order a Model 3, take delivery before 2019, and owe at least $7500 in federal income tax you can get a brand new mid range Model 3 for less than $40,000

  • Max Plankton
    Max Plankton 2 days ago

    Make a true fortune and design an onboard combustion products sequestration system for both gas and Fischer-Tropsch liquids powered vehicles. There lies great wealth for anyone bright enough to crack the problem.

  • Wesley Gryna
    Wesley Gryna 3 days ago

    If you were to use the car for a longer trip, anything over 250 miles, you're going to be sitting ~30 minutes at a super charging station. Obviously, the car, like the i3, is ideal for commuting and not extended travel. So I'd say for commuting/enjoyment, it's vastly superior than anything else on the market. It's worth considering the i3 for commuting because they can be had for $20,000 as a certified pre-owned vehicle.

  • Winfred Brown
    Winfred Brown 3 days ago

    This really illustrates the inequality we have here in the US. I worry about my kids being shot by white cops. White men are worried about what their 55k electric car really cost them. Time for a progressive change

  • Ed
    Ed 3 days ago

    I can't believe the ones that cannot afford a 55k car are paying you over 7k to get one. That is regressive re-distribution.

  • Chris Newman
    Chris Newman 3 days ago

    Like everyone else who has calculated "how cheap electricity is", you didn't include taxes that are added on top of the "rate", which add about $0.05/kwh for me in Colorado. (Gasoline has tax included in the price.) You are also comparing to an older gasoline car, not a new hybrid, which would use close to 1/3 as much gas.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago +1

      Here's a screenshot of one of my recent electricity bills. You can see there's no other charges or

  • Josh
    Josh 3 days ago

    Shit it’s cheap too bad you have aids tho

  • Wayne Palmar
    Wayne Palmar 3 days ago +1


  • Drew Lyons
    Drew Lyons 3 days ago

    Ideological based decision to buy a Tesla, not an economical one. Your other car cost What? Maybe 17k brand new? 9k used? You spend at minimum 30k more to save $1200 on gas? There is no financial argument that can be made to justify driving a tesla, just "I want one."

  • Amar Hafizi
    Amar Hafizi 3 days ago

    Ok but why are you so cute?

  • Russell Popham
    Russell Popham 3 days ago

    Okay, WHOA, what do you mean when you say that the savings on things like oil changes and other maintenance are, "...a whole 'nother story."??? That's actually a very important part of the savings compared to an ICE vehicle, so you SHOULD include that as counting against the cost of the Model 3.
    While it may be difficult or impossible to calculate exactly, you can still take an average cost of such maintenance on similarly priced ICE vehicles, including starting from new and projected over the 5 year time frame you chose (although personally I think it should be more like 8 years since Tesla's are so well built that, provided you don't abuse or otherwise thrash it, you should expect the vehicle to still be in very good to excellent condition).
    Starting with a brand new ICE vehicle and factoring in the cost of annual maintenance up to 100,000 miles (at an average of a tad over 12,000 miles per year which hits that 8 year mark), including things like oil, transmission and other fluid changes, spark plugs and ignition service, fuel filters, O2 sensors,fuel injection and ignition service, replacement battery, mufflers and then the big ticket items like timing belts, alternators, water pumps, drive train etc.(anything that a Tesla would not need, or at least less frequently, like brakes).
    So just taking an low average and including just a couple of big ticket items within the first 100K (if you're actually that lucky ;?), that could easily come to another $3500 in savings, at MINIMUM, and as most owners of ICE vehicles know could be MUCH higher (like $5-6K over that length of time). I would think that since Elon has stated that the electric motors could last ONE MILLION MILES, and the batteries probably for up to 500,000 (with a drop in efficiency of only 10-12%), that there would be very little service needed over 100,000 miles, save for one brake service and a few scheduled factory service visits.

    • Russell Popham
      Russell Popham 3 days ago

      BTW, from what I've read, I don't think we will actually see a $35,000 version till possibly mid or late 2019, but I'm certainly going to order one as soon as that happens.

      I just came back from a vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and was actually able to RENT a new 2018 Model 3 with the Performance package through, the Airbnb of car rentals (which I've only just discovered and was THRILLED to try out). While it wasn't cheap at around $155 per day (included taxes, cleaning and delivery/pickup fees plus the premium insurance package), I ended up renting it for 3 days (instead of 2) because it was just SO MUCH FUN to drive, lol.

      In fact the experience was so AMAZING, I think that if/when Tesla ever finds it's sales beginning to drop, all they'd need to do is to start renting a fleet of Model 3's across the country and they'll find themselves once again SWAMPED for new orders, because once anyone actually gets a chance to drive one for even a little while, they will immediately become Tesla converts, because they are so well designed and built, not to mention the fun factor.

      Driving a Tesla is unlike any other driving experience I've ever had, and I've driven so many different makes and models over my 48 years behind the wheel, I just can't say enough about them and the fact that it exceeded my every expectation ;?)

  • Tomas Kvietkauskas
    Tomas Kvietkauskas 3 days ago

    Well your Morel 3 is more than two times expensive than your Pontiac. When you do your calculations you should include that too. I did not do math but all in all, I think from purely economical point Pontiac would be cheaper. Unless, you plan to drive your Tesla more than 10 years.

  • Paul Wilson
    Paul Wilson 3 days ago

    When everyone converts to electric cars, electricity will be a lot more expensive to produce and deliver. There will be a lot more pollution to burn fossil fuels to power all the cars and semi trucks.

  • Trent Kilberg
    Trent Kilberg 4 days ago

    yeahhhhh. before bragging how your helping the environment go ahead and google search lithium mining.........

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  4 days ago +1

      Ok I’ve researched it, now what? Gas, hybrid or electric are my only options for purchasing a new vehicle. Electric is the best environmentally friendly choice out of those. Plus I don’t think I “bragged about helping the environment” during this video. Give this video a watch:

  • Brett Rueter
    Brett Rueter 4 days ago

    and when the general public gets E cars , those subsides will slowly go away and and you will learn More truth and REAL costs

  • Brett Rueter
    Brett Rueter 4 days ago

    95 % of the public cannot pay 55K. and you don't pay for gas , and while you are paying NEXT TO NOTHING for electricity. That electricity IS NOT FREE. Taxpayers are SUBSIDIZING you . POOR taxpayers are paying for YOU to pay next to nothing. You are a leech, you are a user of others.

  • omgnothingisavl
    omgnothingisavl 4 days ago

    Lol at that peak rate of 23 cents. Govt corruption at work.

  • JC-130
    JC-130 4 days ago

    Dude holy shit, I want to live where you are. $2 a gallon? Jeez

    • JC-130
      JC-130 4 days ago

      Andy Slye yea, the difference in those results were insane

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  4 days ago

      Cheap electricity too 👍🏼

  • Sean K
    Sean K 4 days ago

    nice car, you just need rims. And like 3 more inches in the tail. But then... so does my gf. so I shouldnt complain.

  • Todd Ector
    Todd Ector 4 days ago

    Love the idea of the electric vehicle but by comparison where I live our power cost is 0.197 per kwh compared to your 0.068 per kwh cost so based on you costs it would cost me roughly the same either for fuel or electric for the same usage.
    For city or those close to cities with low cost power they do indeed make sense.
    For some people like myself who live further away, have higher electricity costs and need all weather ability it's going to be at least another 5 years before they are practical. Yes there are all wheel drive versions but the ride height makes them fair weather vehicles in our area. Rough roads with potholes reaching 9-12 inches deep are common and winter often brings snow that and deeper. Add to that the salt (potash in our area) corrosion which will shorten vehicle life as well.
    Another couple caveats they are heavier vehicles so they do require slightly more road maintenance and for the most part these vehicles pay nothing towards the road maintence taxes. As they become a higher percentage of the vehicle mix those costs will have to be assessed and charged against those vehicles further increasing driver costs. For current internal combustion drivers that cost is part of driving expenses.
    They have much reduced maintenance in oil changes (they do need gearbox servicing) but what is the tire life of a model 3? Model S's had that included but not so for the model 3.
    Looking forward to the future and electric vehicles but for me they and the electrical suppliers have a long way to go before they become even remote possibility.

  • operationcwaI789789
    operationcwaI789789 4 days ago

    Your true cost after 10,000 miles is $55528.94.
    Also, the electricity you use is most likely from coal or natural gas. The manufacturing process of your car is definitely not a zero emissions process. So, your car is not a zero emissions vehicle. You need to stop propagating this falsehood.
    Had you spent $25,000 on a 2010 Mercedes S550 4MATIC, you would have saved a load of money and would be owning one sweet ride.

  • kulifrunsen
    kulifrunsen 4 days ago

    Electric card ARE the future and i agree but please why people always believe that an electric vehicle = zero emissions. Yes to a degree that is true but when you are using electricity generated by coal plants and gas plants to charge your car then you are not truly driving a zero emission vehicle.

  • T's & P's
    T's & P's 4 days ago

    55k for a badly made rush-job of a car. No thanks

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  2 days ago

      Hope you can test drive one someday. It will probably change your mind.

  • 68air
    68air 5 days ago

    For your 55K investment I could purchase two brand new Honda Accords and have enough money to pay for the gas for them for 4 years.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  4 days ago +1

      Doesn't sound the least bit enticing to me but hey it's your money, bud. Do with it what you will. I'll keep my Model 3.

  • WIlson Briggs
    WIlson Briggs 5 days ago

    Don't forget you have coal plants and nuclear plants that both have waste, so saying your car has zero emissions is not entirely true.

  • ArmCav21st
    ArmCav21st 5 days ago +1

    Nice car, the Tesla Model 3 looks better in your video than it does on Teslas website.

  • Saso Kmet
    Saso Kmet 5 days ago

    stearing wheel looks like some cheap KIA car 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      I thought the same when I first saw pics of it online, but once I got the car I quickly fell in love with the steering wheel.

  • Saso Kmet
    Saso Kmet 5 days ago

    never in my life would I buy tesla other than being electric its total shit car like most american cars... will wait for germans to make electric car and when they put them on market tesla is gone along with stupid Musk

  • Derek Minnema
    Derek Minnema 5 days ago

    Did you finance though?

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago +1

      I did for the first couple months of ownership to make sure I wanted to keep it. Once I knew this car was what I hoped it would be, I paid it off so now I own it. No loan.

  • protocultureBJJ
    protocultureBJJ 5 days ago

    Hows the tire wear?

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      So far not bad. I've gotten my tires rotated twice so far and I'm at 16,000 miles. Hoping the tires make it through the winter.

  • Theses Nuts
    Theses Nuts 5 days ago

    Zero emissions you idiot. How in the hell do you think they make electricity? Even if it is solar energy you are using, the emissions from making the panels it is never ZERO.

  • Robert Durazo
    Robert Durazo 5 days ago

    53k! I rather have that for a down payment on a house. .

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      Of course everyone has their own personal preference. It's your money, bud. Do with it what you will.

  • Levon Devian
    Levon Devian 5 days ago

    Great video. But may i say something? Most areas that have apartments and condominiums. Those places generally do NOT have 240v charging stations or even 120v charging stations.
    A HUGE percentage of Americans do NOT live in single family homes with a garage. None of the condos in my general area have charging stations. Not a single one.
    And i live in California. The laws need to change to force people that manage apartment complexes and condos to allow people to install charging stations in the parking spots.
    Right now there is no law that requires it. What percentage of Americans do NOT live in single family homes? I'm guessing a LARGE one.

  • Tayeb McCabe
    Tayeb McCabe 5 days ago

    That interior looks so utilitarian. I would get so board driving in a car that the interior looks like that.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      The minimalist interior is one of my favorite things about the car.

  • Taylor the kid Thompson

    I wonder how long till the batteries die and you have to replace them. Also if Tesla will ever become apple and intentionally fuckup your software so you have to buy the new model every year lol 😂

  • Taylor the kid Thompson

    Normally I complain that everyone’s 10+ minute video could be done in 2-3 but so far so good 👍

  • Raph Schumacher
    Raph Schumacher 6 days ago

    I noticed he never mentioned his monthly car payment.... If you have to borough the money, 4% of $55000 = $2200.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      My Model 3 is paid in full. No car payments.

  • Ricardo Suarez
    Ricardo Suarez 6 days ago

    i just bought a subaru 2004 impreza sport AWD for 1200 bucks. fill up my tank with 40 bucks...last 2 weeks almost. everything this dude just said is basically "tesla is a nice toy but it aint cheap at all"

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      I put it in big numbers on the screen that this cost me $50+ upfront. What makes you think this would be cheap?

  • francisz4
    francisz4 6 days ago

    You left out the biggest cost of purchasing a new car which is depreciation. You’ll likely lose at least half the value of the car in 5 years. Also you need to factor in the interest your paying if you have a car loan. Operating costs are definitely lower for the Tesla, but the true cost definitely would have been lower if you just kept your g6 that was paid for. Sweet car though man, enjoy it!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  5 days ago

      I see your point. The reason I left out depreciation is because that's true for all cars, and any new car will have substantial depreciation and it's expected when purchasing a new car. The main point I wanted to make in this video is how much I actually spent upfront plus what I've spend to charge to travel 10,000 miles vs fuel. I also don't have a car payment. I paid off my Model 3 already. Thanks for watching!

  • chez421
    chez421 6 days ago

    However, if you buy a used car for $15000, then used the rest on gas......................... Sure, it takes soooooo long to fill up at a gas station, sure you could try wasting less time making YT videos and easily make up the time? While I like the idea of electric, when the price comes down the will consider it, like everyone else.

    • chez421
      chez421 6 days ago

      +Stacey N. Perhaps you should actually look into what and how electricity is produced? It's not that clean, sure the car does not pollute, but everything else that makes the juice sure does, not saying you're a dimwit, but........................................... Hybrid is probably one of the best options, or just walk or ride a bicycle. As the US is one of the biggest polluters, get rid of your 'trucks', that would go a long way to reducing pollutants.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      Thanks for the kind words!

    • Stacey N.
      Stacey N. 6 days ago

      +Andy Slye And, I liked the video and subscribed to your channel!

    • Stacey N.
      Stacey N. 6 days ago +1

      +Andy Slye Right! Not to mention that what you're doing totally improves air quality and is good for our environment in general. Screw that! Sounds worth it to me. Andy, I have to give you credit for what you're doing for our planet and for posting such an informative video here on YT. This is the first time I've seen one of your videos, and I must say that this video was probably the most well-thought out one that I've watch on YT so far! You gave excellent facts and you spoke intelligibly at a great pace. It is high-quality content and made with precision delivery. Please keep making your videos and doing what's best for you and the rest of the planet. Nevermind the haters. Keep up the good work...and, thanks for giving me some decent content to watch for once. ;-)

  • Alex Kish
    Alex Kish 6 days ago

    But how much more was the initial cost of the tesla vs the pontiac which I imagine was at least 40k cheaper..

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      This video isn't about a debate about which car is cheaper. The Model 3 is a brand new car, luxury car at that. This video is only about how much it has cost me to personally own and drive a Model 3 for the first 10,000 miles. I included the comparison to the G6 as a juxtaposition to show the difference of fuel costs vs charging costs.

  • Mickleblade
    Mickleblade 6 days ago

    1) low mileage resale cost is probably pretty good, but at 100,000 miles it'd be pants. Hmm, thinks the buyer, how long til the battery dies? how much is that then?
    2) what does the aircon do the distance in the summer?
    3) what does the heating do to the distance in the winter?
    4) you're rich and can afford a $50k car, sucks to be us eh?
    5) you're rich and have a garage to charge it in, most don't, my bikes take priority!
    6) any comments about catching fire? a fire that can't be put out?

  • wiibaron
    wiibaron 6 days ago

    I hope all the Tesla owners are forced to bury the dead batteries they use in their own yard...

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      If my battery ever dies out of warranty, I will.

  • wiibaron
    wiibaron 6 days ago

    So you paid/paying $1000 a month for 5 years to save 100 a month on gas. Just grow a man bun to go with your plucked eyebrows, and no doubt skinny jeans, and people will think you are cool and save a fortune...

    • wiibaron
      wiibaron Day ago

      Only 25 years will determine any best purchase verdict. By then you might think differently about spending 2X the normal price of a car to be cool was best.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      You're mistakenly assuming that I only bought my Model 3 to save on gas. On the contrary, fuel savings is only one of the many perks of owning a Model 3. I bought it for many many more reasons. And it's still the best purchase I've ever made.

  • Hare Brahs
    Hare Brahs 6 days ago

    you can put a price on saving the planet, am i right guys??

  • StarCS
    StarCS 6 days ago

    I live in Califonia so I was baffled by that gas price.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      And electricity price too :)

  • James Williams
    James Williams 6 days ago

    Gr8 Job.

  • randy carey
    randy carey 6 days ago


  • David Carmany
    David Carmany 6 days ago

    Except 55k... I can get a comparable sedan for 30 k.. soo I start with a savings of 25k.. after a year u still have 24k in savings over you. Only take you 24 more years to make that cost up... if i didn't invest that sum in the stock market. But hey let's forget all that and be a moron.. had to add this. Before you compare it to a comparable priced vehicle... universally the build quality and Interior materials suuuuuck compared to much much much cheaper cars like makes kia look awesome.

    • David Carmany
      David Carmany 6 days ago

      +Andy Slye just incase you refute quality or refute cult like following ignoring to 1 of many articles.

    • David Carmany
      David Carmany 6 days ago

      +Andy Slye it's not just cost to consider. Again consider the vehicle. The fit and finish are terrible and the interior isn't great either. You can claim tesla is a luxury brand however they aren't in the same ball park as anything I have been in that cost 55k. To be honest they aren't good compared to a 30k costing vehicle.. well the technology is so advanced... well the door doesnt really close... trim is falling off.. the door handle doesnt deploy... the door wont open....bringing me to reliability. . Something north of 100% warranty issues right now? Now the big big elephant in the room. Battery pack. How good is the heavy metals that are strip mined in canada then processed in a plants in hungary then in china compared to gas? What exactly is happening to the batteries in crashed or junked teslas... they are sitting in the junk yards leaching heavy metals it the ground. Tesla is a cult and owners the blinded members.. are they pushing technology... to a degree.. but don't tell me that smell is roses with all that crap on your knees.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      Here's the problem: you're basing your entire purchase on cost alone. If one is buying a Tesla, you cannot just look at cost alone because Teslas are much more expensive than most other cars right now because they are 1) a luxury car brand and 2) only sell all-electric vehicles. Most Americans are still reluctant to buy an all-electric vehicle because they love their cheap convenient gas. I, as a relatively early EV adopter, chose to pay a higher premium on an all-electric car because I believe in & want to support Tesla's mission. I also am a big fan of software & technology and am a big proponent of autonomous vehicles. The reasons I bought a Model 3 go way beyond just the cost. But cost is a big issue to most so that's why I did this video to truly show what I paid upfront, how much my insurance increased by, and how much it has cost me to charge instead of pay for gas.

  • Grey Fox
    Grey Fox 6 days ago

    Let me see you have paid about ten years of operating cost of a 3000 dollar used diesel pick up including gas on an investment that will be pretty much worthless and broken once the warranty is gone. Could of gotten a used Nissan leaf for less than ten grand and actually saved some money. Teslanuts wake up you are getting ripped off. Stop trying to convince people the emperor has clothes on. Not going to bother with the fact that most electricity isn’t cleaner it just moves the tail pipe to the rural areas.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      Trust me I weighed my options and the Model 3 was the absolute best car available for what I needed, no doubt about it. I needed an all-electric car with 300+ miles of range on a single charge, along with access to a nationwide Supercharger network for road trips, and the advanced battery & software technology that are currently only found in a Tesla. I'm perfectly fine with my purchase, probably the best purchase I've ever made.

  • neogator26
    neogator26 6 days ago

    I am glad someone did an over all cost analysis of owning a Tesla. I live in Huntsville AL and I calculated about a year ago that it would cost about 9.2 cents per mile to drive a typical gas car but it would cost 3.1 cents per mile to drive a Model S. This is based solely on gas vs. Kw per mile without any other costs factored in. Every oil change, gas run etc. that I do on our cars I point out to the wife that a Tesla would not require them. I've told her that when I finally graduate with my aerospace engineering degree I will be working towards getting a Tesla for myself as a graduation present. Until that time comes I have looked at getting a used Zero motorcycle. Have you looked into these at all?

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      Great to hear! By that time a $35k base Model 3 should be out, maybe even a Model Y depending on what Tesla prices it at. I've never looked into a motorcycle before.

  • Ellsworth M. Toohey
    Ellsworth M. Toohey 6 days ago

    And who will pay for the road ! NO TAX on electricity unlike on gas !!!
    Hey, SPEAK METRIC, then you will be able to speak SENSE !

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      Once electric charging stations are as common as gas stations then you'll have a valid argument.

  • Dallas Time Bandits
    Dallas Time Bandits 6 days ago

    How much are the oil changes @ dealership? My buddy has a model x, and its really cool, but its soulless. I like my 718 Porsche better. But im obviously biased.
    I almost forgot, cool car btw!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      Not sure if you're asking about oil changes on a Tesla? Electric cars don't need oil changes due to the lack of an engine.

  • Anthony Sipsas
    Anthony Sipsas 6 days ago

    So lets compare a brand new G6 @ $22k, since you used that in your example:
    vs a $52k Tesla, you spent $30k more to acquire a vehicle that has so far saved you $1k for your first 10k. If you kept the car for 100k miles, and maintained that rate, then you would still be in the red for $20k. I am also assuming that Tesla Parts are more expensive, so maintenance costs are probably much higher. I dont see a net savings...

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      I didn't base my Model 3 purchase on cost alone. If one is buying a Tesla, you cannot just look at cost alone because Teslas are much more expensive than most other cars right now because they are 1) a luxury car brand and 2) only sell all-electric vehicles. Most Americans are still reluctant to buy an all-electric vehicle because they love their cheap convenient gas. I, as a relatively early EV adopter, chose to pay a higher premium on an all-electric car because I believe in & want to support Tesla's mission. I also am a big fan of software & technology and am a big proponent of autonomous vehicles. The reasons I bought a Model 3 go way beyond just the cost. But cost is a big issue to most so that's why I did this video to truly show what I paid upfront, how much my insurance increased by, and how much it has cost me to charge instead of pay for gas.

  • snapdragon69
    snapdragon69 6 days ago

    The only way other car makers can compete is to double the price of their cars and then give you the difference in gas vouchers. Only then can they match the massive upfront cost vs. small ongoing cost.

  • Michael Nell
    Michael Nell 6 days ago

    How did you figure a "TRUE" cost "including all the little details could be done without including the savings for no maintenance???? Waste of time!

    • Michael Nell
      Michael Nell 5 days ago

      Andy Slye - good call. I bet a 5 minute phone call to a car dealership could figure that number out and round out your cost comparison.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      Problem is I cannot compare maintenance costs of my Model 3 over the first 10,000 miles to my previous car which has 270,000 miles on it. I'd have to compare it to maintenance costs for a brand new vehicle, and I have no way of knowing exactly what that would be.

    • Michael Nell
      Michael Nell 6 days ago

      Andy Slye - two oil changes, preventative maintenance and wear and tear on brakes/belts/etc? You better believe that’s going to cost you $200 - $300 over 10,000 miles. Estimate the total cost of maintenance of a car over 5 years (there’s going to be some bigger ones) and divide 5...I’m trying to help you realistically compare the “TRUE” cost of ownership - you’ve included the change in your insurance (minor difference) but you’ve ignored the difference in maintenance costs (major difference)!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      +Michael Nell If you're spending $300 on maintenance for a brand new car over the first 10,000 miles, gas or not, that's a pretty shitty car. I don't think any new car of new car quality would need that much in maintenance costs. Oil changes are less than $50 where I live. Electric vehicles are known to eat brakes worse than gasoline vehicles due to the regen braking.

    • Michael Nell
      Michael Nell 6 days ago

      +Andy Slye - Exactly!!!! You spend more money to buy the electric car, but then you save on electricity vs. gas and no maintenance of electric car vs. maintenance of ICE car. That HAS to contribute to your "TRUE COST" of owning! It helps to offset the higher initial cost - now you're saving $1200 in gas and $200-300 in oil changes/brakes/belts/etc. over those first 10,000 miles.

  • domino diamond
    domino diamond 6 days ago

    Everytime I run the numbers it comes out in order to break even you need to own and drive an electric car 10 plus years to equal the cost of a gasoline car.

    • domino diamond
      domino diamond 6 days ago

      Andy Slye yup. And the past 12 years I have been watching it get better and better. I am guessing 2025 is going to be the mark to buy.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      That’s because electric vehicles are still priced higher than most gasoline vehicles. Sort of like when the first time flat screen TVs were available or DVD players. They were extremely expensive to start out but as the technology was adopted by the open market the items became cheaper. EVs should hopefully start competing with the lower budget car market in the near future.

  • Refuso Againo
    Refuso Againo 6 days ago

    After five years of using public chargers plus one at work, we finally have a level II machine in the garage. EV owner's should know that eventually, it's the only way to go as this video explains in technical and financial detail. We also have a brand new Solar Edge/StorEdge Solar PV system, that can supply the charger for six or seven hours on almost any day. Our currently leased Fiat 500e has yet to incur a maintenance charge, at 9,990 miles. The last touch is a wireless (induction) charger embedded into the floor. Next house.
    If your EV has "full stop" regenerative braking control, driving comes down to two buttons, (one is "start", the other is "D") a wheel and the 'gas' pedal. Fueling is transparent to the user.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago

      Thanks for the comment, Refuso

  • Christopher Lannon
    Christopher Lannon 6 days ago

    What's your car payment vs. your free-and-clear Pontiac? You're not really saving anything!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      I never said a Tesla will save a person money. It's a new luxury car for crying out loud. I made this video specifically to show how much it has personally cost me to own and drive a Model 3 for 10,000 miles.

  • iLikeit_
    iLikeit_ 6 days ago

    Only problem we don’t know is how much strain this will put into the grid. I’m sure electric vehicles will increase power plant emissions depending on your area. Also, the emissions of creating lithium or other types of cells??How efficient are the hydrocarbon fueled power plants? Gas/coal?
    I would hope an estimate would be less overall even with this increase. Time will tell.

  • news
    news 7 days ago

    I heard that that battery drops like crazy in the winter. I guess you must be somewhere warm.

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  7 days ago

      I haven’t owned it through winter. I’ll be doing a video about it though

  • wideangle852
    wideangle852 7 days ago

    . . you did not include the warranty cost of $3 - 4,000 . .

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  7 days ago

      That doesn’t exist for Model 3

  • Walt Woodard
    Walt Woodard 7 days ago

    There isn't a doubt that the Model 3 is a great deal of fun and there is a certain cache in buying it. BUT, there are alternatives like the Chevrolet Bolt. Yes, it isn't a sexy Tesla, but with a range of 238 miles it is not far off the Model 3. A used 2017 Bolt goes for about $28,000-$30,000, quite a bit lower than a Model 3. If you look at it from dollars and cents it is probably a better decision, but no one will stop you in the parking lot to ask you about the car and you won't have that Tesla cool factor.

    • Walt Woodard
      Walt Woodard 6 days ago

      +Andy Slye No doubt it depends on application but I think we recognize that companies like GM and private companies alike have the where with all to build a competitive system. It will happen. Now I don't own an electric but in addition to Tesla Superchargers a stone's throw away, there is also a level 2 charging station. Yes, not a supercharger, but these companies aren't stupid. It is coming but in total agreement, I saw a Tesla from Oregon one day in Georgia. That is pretty cool and virtually no one else in any electric now would attempt that. Have fun with it and hope you get 300,000 miles on it to blow away everyone who says you won't get a payback!

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  7 days ago +1

      Tesla’s biggest advantage over all other electric cars (including the Bolt) is the nationwide Tesla Supercharger network. You can’t feasibly go on a road trip in a Bolt or Leaf. If you ever want to go on a road trip in an electric car then a Tesla is the absolute best option right now.

  • Inna7e
    Inna7e 7 days ago

    These cars are the future for the masses for sure, but you cant say ZERO emissions when your source of charging for the vehicle will come from plants that are not running on renewable energy. Until that problem is solved even these vehicles still generate some emissions over their production cycle especially talking about the batteries.

  • Mr H
    Mr H 7 days ago

    What was your average home electric bill before and after you got the car per month?
    Average per month spent at the charging station?

    • Andy Slye
      Andy Slye  6 days ago +1

      I'm almost 16,000 miles in and I've spent less than $30 on Supercharging so far. The rest is home charging. As you can see from the video, I can travel almost 10,000 miles for less than $200 when charging at home.

  • clive williams
    clive williams 7 days ago

    EVs are not zero emissions vehicles as by any standard the production of electricity generates emissions (including solar, wind and nuclear) its just that the emissions are further down the line. Real costs of EVs has to factor in all the life cycle costs and that means the costs of the materials for production, the running costs, the costs for replacement of the batteries etc etc. This vid is about the superficial costs of owning a Tesla and not the 'TRUE' cost.

  • Russel Barden
    Russel Barden 7 days ago

    Thats quite the upfront cost damn. And with the exchange rate I bet thats 70k+ in Canada for the long range easy :( "Fuel" savings would be awesome to drop down but the amount to get it just blows my mind.

  • Bretislav Elias
    Bretislav Elias 7 days ago

    Please dont use 0 emision, or no emision, such a thing not exist. Be avere, tesla or any el. car is very dirty car due to manifacturing process. These cart are NOIT eco!!
    How much will cost a battery replacement?
    Dont take me as a grunch, I like a el cars, but defenetely not for their ECO benefit:D.