Fully Charged Drives Tesla Model S To Italy – Video

OCT 10 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

Extra-large Supercharging station in Italy

Extra-large Supercharging station in Italy

Fully Charged’s Robert Llewellyn broke free from UK with a trip to Italy on holiday in a Tesla Model S.

The 85 kWh version seems to be using 319-327 Wh/mi (or 198-203 Wh/km), but by using Superchargers along the way, there is no real need to pay attention to these figures. as Tesla covers the cost of energy.

Robert visited one of the largest (or maybe even largest) Supercharging stations in Italy (12 spots), which turns out to be barely used at the time by just one car.

“In August this year me and the Mrs drove from Gloucestershire to Northern Italy and back in the tesla Model S 85. It was a holiday, I didn’t record the whole thing, that would have been tedious, boring and my Mrs has an impressive left hook. However these are the highlights and I’m sure I’ll get comments about the highest road pass in Europe.”

Fully Charged Drives Tesla Model S To Italy - energy usage

Fully Charged Drives Tesla Model S To Italy – energy usage

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Robert !
That is very painful seeing your beautiful Tesla go through an obsolete car wash with brushes that will ruin its finish – Ouch !


319 Wh/mi = 3.13 mi/kWh. Assuming gas prices are $2.70/gal (in CA as of today), and electricity prices at $0.19/kWh (SDG&E just raised baseline prices), that’s equivalent to 45 MPG if one had to pay for electricity. It’s not that great if it’s not free.

I used the table below and scale to 3.13 mi/kWh.



That is true (I just checked your maths) and a little surprising, I thought the Model S would have been better. Still not so bad when you think that Robert L. has solar panels on his home to reduce his ‘fuel’ cost (last I heard they do not reduce his bill to zero but he was thinking of getting more), can’t do that with gasoline, and the long distance travel is free. Most people buying a Tesla aren’t that concerned by the cost of ‘fuel’ anyway but it may become more important when the lower cost Model 3 goes on sale (2018 perhaps).


Solar isn’t free if he has to pay to install it. Around here, it’s about $0.08/kWh. Using $0.09/kWh as conservative figure, he’d be getting 90 MPG if he could charge from solar.

Problem is, he’d typically be charging at night for his normal driving, which means he’d be paying the base rate (or more) if there’s no net metering. At least around here (SoCal), they plan to drastically reduce net metering and increase base rate even more (BASTARDS!!!)


Of course, an equivalent car like a BMW 550i gets an EPA rating of 24 mpg combined with premium fuel.

Further, some people pay far less for electricity, especially super off-peak.


Regardless of BMW or whatever else, the fact remains that Tesla gets about 45 MPG out of pocket today. One can get better with Prius and VW Diesel before fix, maybe even after fix.

Super offpeak rate is the base rate in So Cal. There seem to be lots of people who assume it’s less, but that’s not the case.

Now if one doesn’t pay base rate (aka, super offpeak rate) of $0.19/kWh, ~$150 bill results in ~$0.33/kWh. Then Tesla would be paying equivalent of 26 MPG gas car.