Drag Times: Six Cents To Drag Race Your Tesla Model S (w/video)

JUN 13 2013 BY JAY COLE 6

Sometimes it seems like every story regarding electric vehicles has to be about the greater good, the validity of a particular model’s existence, how much pollution really goes into a kW of electricity production,  or whether or not the most recent offering  from company XYZ is a compliance car or not.

Most Efficient 12 Second Quarter-Miler Of All TIme!

Most Efficient 12 Second Quarter-Miler Of All TIme!

This is not one of those pieces.

Drag Times, of whom one would assume is not too concerned with anything except how fast a car can complete a 1/4 mile in, lets us take a break from all that deep-thinking about EVs.

However, in this instance they do map out the Tesla’s efficiency in their own special way.  As in, how much does it cost to ‘fuel’ a Tesla Model S during a quarter mile run, and how many theoretical runs you could do before the electric sedan’s battery runs out.  (In this case, the 85 kWh performance edition)

6 cents, and 170 races.

The top of the line Tesla Model S (416 HP / 443 ft-lb) tops out at about 114 mph at the end of a quarter mile (12 seconds), and expends 1.1 kWh to do so, but then recovers .6 kWh of energy during the subsequent deceleration, leaving the net output of the race at .5 kWh….or 6 cents a pass – based on the current rates where the test was done (southern Florida).

But what does that all mean to the greater good?  And how does that effect next month’s launch of the Fiat 500e next month?  We will let someone else decide.

Drag Times, hat tip to reader Fikse

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6 Comments on "Drag Times: Six Cents To Drag Race Your Tesla Model S (w/video)"

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I like the power gauge on the right showing power usage and regen. I’ve never seen that before. I guess all of the closeups of the Tesla dash I’ve seen were with the car sitting still.

So, 6 cents a quarter mile, 24 cents a mile, 20 miles cost almost five bucks!!! But man you can go places really quick.

Drag racing and normal driving conditions, even in an EV, are drastically different in terms of energy efficiency. (duh)
I pay $0.11 per KWH (including a renewable power premium) so a full charge on an 85KWh Tesla would run me a little over $9. If I get the advertised range of 265 miles on that charge, which is typical of owners’ experiences, I’ve paid about 3.5 cents per mile.
By comparison, babying my Honda S2000 gets me well above EPA spec at 27.5mpg… at $3.50 a gallon for premium gas, I’m spending about $0.13 per mile on fuel, or nearly four times as much.
Add in the fact that Supercharger stops are FREE, and operating cost is really one of the brightest spots for Tesla.

Considering .3 kWh usually gets you about 3 miles (1MJ=1mile, it just happens that way), that’s not any worse than I’d expect versus normal driving. The dash says he finished at 1 mile. 1/2kWh versus 1/3kWh, that’s only 66% more energy than normal driving, 33% less range. Driving like a complete maniac still gets you at least 130 miles in a 60kWh Model S.

In Early August the Tesla club will be driving to the top of Mt. Washington. I’ll track the state of charge over the trip. I expect to use a lot going up and regen all the way down. What the net usage will be I don’t know. We will see.

Would be interesting to know the fuel cost for a comparably powered ICE vehicle, say from Jaguar. I’d guess a dollar of gasoline per pass.

And for both, probably $4 of tire wear per pass. 😉