This Tesla Model X Drove 300,000 Miles In 2 Years

AUG 15 2018 BY VANJA KLJAIC 33

Each Tesla vehicle in Tesloop’s fleet routinely travels 17,000 miles a month on average

Tesloop is an intercity shuttle service that utilizes a Tesla-only fleet of vehicles. They are based out of Hawthorne, California, and they use a mixed fleet of Tesla Model S and Model X cars. They combine the low cost of electric technology, matching it with an inspiring experience. Think of it is as Uber meets BlaBlaCar, but on steroids. There are three levels of the shuttle service: Shuttle, Shuttle+ and Airport (LAX Express).

The first two are basically daily commute shuttle services that allow you to travel on a set schedule to and from Los Angeles. Tesloop currently connects Los Angeles with San Diego, Palm Springs and Orange County, followed by a shuttle loop that connects Orange County to San Diego and Palm Springs. When using a Shuttle service, you reserve one seat per car and travel with (presumably) five more strangers within the same car. When you reserve the Shuttle+, you’re essentially reserving the entire vehicle. For the third option, you basically get an autonomous driving shuttle to and from LAX.

Each Tesla vehicle in Tesloop’s fleet routinely travels 17,000 miles a month on average. That’s over 27,000 kilometers per month on average. One particular black Model X 90D, named Deuxy (“Doo-ee”), officially crossed the 300,000-mile mark (482803.2 km). While this is simply remarkable for any automobile, this is actually Tesloop’s second Model X 90D to achieve this milestone and third vehicle overall – the company owns a Tesla Model S which did more than 400,000 miles already.

Tesloop’s Model X in question was built in May of 2016. It started its life as a showroom vehicle at the Tesla Fremont Factory. The vehicle has driven all 300,000 miles on its original battery and drive units. Overall, operating this vehicle costs the company just $0.06/mile. Just like our 400,000 mile Model S and the other 300,000 mile Model X, Tesloop made the full service record available online.

While Tesla recommends owners to not exceed a charge of more than 80% for daily driving, Tesloop regularly “fills up” their entire fleet of EVs four times per day, up to a 95% of the full battery’s capacity for the Shuttle service type. The Model X that is part of this story is grandfathered in with free Supercharging for life.

Certainly, high voltage battery degradation is both a worry and a real-life issue for any EV car owner. However, after two years of what can only be described as ultimate overutilization, the battery pack of this Model X lost only 12.6% of its original capacity yielding a range of approximately 214 miles when the charge limit is set to 95%. Additionally, Tesloop has noticed that their 2016 Model X battery degradation has essentially plateaued after about 9 months.

Clearly, this is an extreme case of Tesla Model X usage. For an average owner, that uses the Supercharger network at recommended rates and times, the vehicle would experience even less battery degradation. It just shows you how well these vehicles are both engineered and built. For Tesloop, the company believes this Model X can travel a few hundred thousand more miles in the next few years, but a high voltage battery or drive unit change is likely for the safety of its customers.

Source: Tesloop

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33 Comments on "This Tesla Model X Drove 300,000 Miles In 2 Years"

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Chris5168

Wonder how the white interior held up.

Mark.ca

“The vehicle has driven all 300,000 miles on its original battery and drive units.”
“this Model X lost only 12.6% of its original capacity”
“Overall, operating this vehicle costs the company just $0.06/mile”

When you say “car” you are thinking about an ever depreciating asset that you keep making monthly payments for life. Should we find another name for these evs cars? Calling them cars just doesn’t seem fair.

Get Real

Well if you are making money on them like Tesloop Then they are a profit making asset.

Mark.ca

Pair one with home pv and you will come up tens of thousands ahead of a similar ice version over the course of 20 years of ownership. You don’t have to do what they do to save/make money.

Get Real

Yep, pairing pv with EV(s) is probably the best way to save money and it scares the living crap out of the Koch Roaches, their bought and paid for politicians and the other rent seeking industries negatively impacted.

Anthony

The interesting part to me is that the degradation plateaued between 10-15%. And after approximately 120,000 miles. Most people take 8-10 years to drive that long. And probably don’t charge to 95% multiple times a day.

William

Excellent point to take into consideration!

The battery degradation plateau, between 10-15% (12.6% actual), shows a very resilient Tesla/Panasonic battery, when you see the Extreme Super Charger usage pattern. That’s a lot of Tesla SC Oven battery baking, with a well engineered and built Active TMS.

ModernMarvelFan

Battery also ages independently of the charging cycles…

Ocean Railroader

That is a lot of dino juice enough to fill up most hotel swimming pools at 12,000 gallons or 48 barrels of oil or $30,000 dollars at $2.50 a gallon. Not to mention at $7.00 dollars a gallon that would be $84,000.

REXisKing

So, these are doing 17,000 miles a month, a normal car this size would be lucky to get 25 mpg. That’s 680 gallons a month burned. California gas costs at $3. So, if these were ICE, they’d be costing the owner $2000 a month in just gas per car.

That’s $24,000 a year in just gas savings per car. How many cars in the fleet?

Gasbag

“California gas costs at $3. “

According to gasbuddy the cheapest gas in the state is at Costco for $2.97. Average prices for sCal are between $3.50-3.60 per gallon.

Mister G

And now you know why the fossil fuel mafia is doing everything possible to destroy Tesla. GO TESLA GO DESTROY DIRTY GAS GUZZLERS AND DIESELS LOL CONNECT THE DOTS ON CLEAN AIR WAKE UP FOLKS

Nix

It is hard to find vehicles in the same class as the Model X that takes Regular Gas. Most require premium in that class.

mm

“Call for a Town Car” will never mean Lincoln again.

John

And THAT’S why I drive a Tesla.

Kootenayevfamily.ca

I’m wondering how the falcon doors have held up after this many miles? Surely they must have several open and close events per day, which would be simulating like a decade of my typical rear door use in only one year. Aside from not being able to use a roof rack, my other need with the doors was the higher likelihood of failure or maintenance. If these two Model X have done really well with the doors too that would be interesting!

Kootenayevfamily.ca

Should have looked at the linked google doc first, looks like replaced one motor at about $250, though that is listed as Parts, so I wonder if that included labour to install or??

philip d

Seeing that they saved like $50,000 on fuel then that is a good tradeoff.

Kootenayevfamily.ca

Not really for my purposes – my Leaf is what would be replaced so no additional savings. However, having to take the car in constantly for fixes to things would be a massive PITA, since the closest service centre is a 9 hour drive away!

Gwalk

Tesla has a ranger service. They come to you.

Kootenayevfamily.ca

I have a friend here with a Tesla and that has never happened for him. He’s had to save up problems and take trips to Vancouver to get them fixed.

Another Euro point of view

That’s quite impressive, the rather small battery degradation after all those miles I mean.

Mister G

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

Malome-Ofentse

If lithium battery engineering does this you can
only imagine what solid state battery engineering will do. Things will just get better, this is awesome.👌🏿

ModernMarvelFan

300,000 miles on a 250 miles is only about 1,200 cycles. That is well within the 2,000 cycles and 80% capacity rating…

Nix

Yes, that matches the math I did a few years ago, where even after half a million miles folks could* end up with cars that are still double the range as many of the sub-100 mile EV’s that initially came out.

*hard to predict age losses and range loss after 2000 cycles may be non-linear.

ModernMarvelFan

300,000 miles and that is about 100,000kWh used. If 80% of that are on supercharger, then that is 80,000kWh. @ California’s commercial rate or typical rate of $0.20/kWh, that is $16,000 in electricity cost. So, Tesla is paying $8,000 per year on those commercial “abuse” of their system. At this rate, Tesla is paying $8K per year for the life of the car. If those cars have 28% Gross profit, @ $100K per car, Tesla is making $28,000 per car on gross margin. With $8K in SC cost alone (not counting warranty or service cost), in a little over years, Tesla would basically lose money on the car.

At some point, Tesla should shut those kind of business down for abusing the SC privilege…

kubel

What is the value of articles like these, though? Electricity is an incredibly cheap PR expense.

Mark.ca

“The average (commercial) electricity rate in Los Angeles is 5% less than the California average rate of 13.41¢/kWh.”
https://www.electricitylocal.com/states/california/los-angeles/

Nix

Totally worth it for Tesla to get tesloop to give people test rides in all these Tesla’s and show them how cool Tesla’s are. It is like an all day test ride center for Tesla where they don’t have to pay any employees.

kubel

$1600 for rear brakes? Can’t wait to see what an out-of-warranty drive unit replacement is.

Financing Secured

IIRC, Tesloop had the battery replaced by Tesla when the software couldn’t correctly read the remaining charge in the battery. InsideEVs even did a story on it. So it did NOT drive 300,000 miles on one battery.

That was the Model S. You can check the repair records online for both vehicles. The Model X has had fewer repairs and no battery replacement as far as we can tell.