Highest Mileage Tesla Now Has Over 420,000 Miles

AUG 23 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 45

The Model S proves to be a longevity champion, racking up miles without too much hassle

The list of Tesla’s with the highest mileage is growing in both users and miles traveled by the day. It’s an internet resource that paints a pretty swell picture for the U.S carmaker. After all, the Tesla Model S with the highest mileage just crossed a whopping 420,000 miles (675,000 kilometers).

While many have argued about the longevity of the Model S, the vehicle keeps on plugging away. In order to put things into perspective, the mileage done by a user @gem8mingen equates to around 150 travels between Los Angeles and New York City. Even more, according to data from just one site, the total mileage covered by all the Teslas running on the roads today is 8.9 billion miles.

The long life is owed mostly to some particular traits of the battery-powered car. For example, unlike gasoline cars, Tesla vehicles require no traditional oil changes, fuel filter, spark plug replacements, or emission checks. For Tesla Model S owners, even brake pad replacements are rare, as the regenerative braking both returns energy to the battery and decelerates the vehicle. No moving parts within an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) also decrease vibration, one of the most impactful items towards the health of the car.

In most ordinary situations, the only work done by the Tesla service staff within the inspections performed on these cars is simple wheel alignments, checking the tire condition, assessing replacement parts like key fob batteries and windshield wiper blades, and finally, installing the latest software update.

Naturally, issues like battery degradation and electric motor fatigue may appear with higher mileage vehicles. But that is easily serviceable and judging by the recent examples, even with such, high-mileage Tesla vehicles, the battery is still offering over 80% of its original capacity. The above list may be topped off by two Tesla Model S’, but the Model X owners are slowly crawling for the top spots.

That’s really a no surprise. Recently, one company racked up 300,00 miles on their Tesla in just two years, putting their Model X to the ultimate test. After two years of what can only be described as ultimate overutilization, the battery pack of that particular vehicle lost only 12.6% of its original capacity.  Additionally, Tesloop – the owner of that Model X – has noticed that their 2016 Model X battery degradation has essentially plateaued after about 9 months.

Certainly, we’re not saying that there are no issues, but in most situations, drivers can rack up a significant amount of miles without too much hassle. Naturally, proper usage concerning charging, servicing, and maintenance is key to your cars long life expectancy. Electric vehicles are not any different.

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45 Comments on "Highest Mileage Tesla Now Has Over 420,000 Miles"

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Chris5168

I though it was 419,000 miles?

Clive

4:19 got a minute?

Joshua Burstyn

Nice one.

Elon

I hope no one calls the SEC on this comment

Roy LeMeur

Don’t you mean the DEA? 🙂

Joshua Burstyn

We are at 201,000km. 2013 Model S 85kW.

Threader

2011 Chevy Volt “Sparky” has over 445000 miles but is disqualified as the majority of it burning gasoline

https://www.voltstats.net/Stats/Details/1579

John

Dude should but a Tesla.

Jenn

Even on gas, the EV system still does most of the work.

Mark.ca

Yes, the gas in the tank is for weight balance.

rey

And the ICE serves as an auxiliary BOAT ANCHOR.

liuping

The Volt transmision allows the ICE to drive the wheels at highway speeds. It not just a generator to powering the electric motor.

At 445,000 miles, I’m pretty sure most were highway miles, so EV system did not do “most of the work”

SB

Highway speeds if you drive it like a Nascar! The engine does enough to charge the battery and run the generator motor. The engine only ever connects directly when the battery SOC hits minimum threshold, like driving up a lon and steep hill.

Pushmi-Pullyu

You’re vastly overstating the amount of time the Volt spends with the ICEngine directly engaged in the drivetrain. That only happens when the battery is depleted down to ~30% and the car is called upon for extra power, such as accelerating strongly or hill-climbing.

Most of the time at highway speed, it’s the EV drivetrain which is pushing the car down the road. In extended range mode (after the battery is depleted to ~30%), the ICE motor does run to power the generator, providing electrical power to the EV motor, so it’s rather pointless to argue about which is doing “most of the work”. Both the engine and the motors are working when the car is in extended range mode.

Ziv

I wish Sparky and Eric were still on Voltstats. He has put some serious miles on.

Dav8or

So what year Model S was this one that went 420,000 miles? Even if it was a 2012, that’s 70,000 miles a year, or about 197 miles every single day since it was sold. It must be some commercial enterprise, like taxi service.

Shaun

As impressive as this is, I noticed the list includes Tesloop’s E-Hawk. Which means some of these may have had their battery packs and/or drive units replaced. Does anybody know if @gem8mingen’s Model S is on original hardware?

vj

would love to hear more about model history and the replacement history.

Benedictus

Reminds me of this video of january 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNd3miNU85k
Technical check of high mileage Tesla, with a Dutch owner that did maintenance once every 80,000 km / 50,000 miles. LOL

Mark.ca

Hey, you go to hospital only when there is a problem….lol.
That reminds me i have to take my eGolf in for its first service since it’s 2 years already…they will do a bunch of visual inspections and rotate the tires…lol…i will probably get a dirty look from the dealer.

Miggy

Who will be first to 1 million kilometres.

Steve

It would be interesting to know what major service if any has been done to this car. Does anyone know what volume it will take before the aftermarket parts people get interested? I am thinking about him a model three but keeping it for the long run. I have a low volume and a high-volume Toyota. Parts for the low-volume car are killer it’s much better when aftermarket part companies compete

Zach

What parts do you expect will need to be replaced? Drive unit, controller, motor and battery pack will undoubtedly be direct from tesla. CPU and touch screen as well. Luckily all of those are experiencing significant learning curves, so you will probably get something better for cheaper than when you bought it, as long as Musk stays true to his promise not to make service a profit center.

Steve

The screen for one thing concerns me. AC compressor headlight housing wheel suspension and brake parts. I was able to get a new hood for 1/5 what I would have paid for one from a dealer. I can’t wait to be rid of all the fluids and things that fail like alternators and water pumps but there are still plenty of other things to wear out and I don’t want to pay Tesla prices for parts. I would think at 500,000 units the after marketers would be interested ?

Nonbiker

I’d like to know the highest mileage WITHOUT replacing drive units or batteries..

philip d

I read in another article that the Tesloop Model Xs all have all original parts and 90% of original range

Your Dad

That’s impressive.

Pushmi-Pullyu

“I’d like to know the highest mileage WITHOUT replacing drive units or batteries.”

I was wondering that, too. I know one of the Teslooop cars has had the battery pack replaced, but maybe it was a Model S and not a Model X.

Mister G

GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP EARTHLINGS

drpawansharma

I come to IEVs for Mister G’s comments. I love your spirit man.

hpver

“The list of Tesla’s with the highest mileage . . . ”

Grammar fail in the first line of the story. No apostrophe needed as the word should be plural but not possessive. You guys need a copy editor.

OK, with that out of the way, the actual content of the story is good news. It’s a good indication that the TCO for Teslas, and probably many other EVs with active liquid cooling for the battery, is considerably lower than for a comparable ICE vehicle. The question now for me on our next car is whether to get another Bolt or maybe spring for a M3 now that Tesla is improving quality.

Christopher Brenny

My 2013 Tesla Model S 60kwh has 127858 miles on it. Original Battery. Still running strong.

rey

There’s are reasons why all the Japanese Bullet Trains and most if not all Europes and Chinas HS Rail are powered by Electricity not ICE , reliability and dependability being some of them

Hauer

LS rail as well.
(Not countingthe 🇬🇧)

Bob

The vast majority of Diesel trains are serial hybrids – Electric motors are king when it comes to torque…

antrik

The diesel-electric locomotives are not referred to as hybrids. When there is no battery, it’s just called an electric transmission.

Ron M

Is that the original battery in the Tesla with 420,000 miles?

Gator Rican

2004 Honda Accord 178,000 miles. Changed oil yesterday. Hoping it runs until an affordable Tesla Model 3 (i.e. $40k-ish) is no longer a dream.

bradley cross

Same for my 2006 Infiniti M35X. 217,000 miles and counting. Have spent a bit of money on engine maintenance and new driveshaft in last 2 years.

Jason

Consider this. The Tesla probably been getting free SC, so no cost for fuel. If it was an ICE it would probably be getting about 25mi/gal. If it is $2.5/gal then they saved $42,000. Not too shabby!

Montana Steve

You say, “according to data from just one site, the total mileage covered by all the Teslas running on the roads today is 8.9 billion miles.”

Could you please give the reference to this site? My calculations come up with a number far below that.