Autolist reports an unprecedented high residual value for the Tesla Model S, based on data on used car sales from January 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016.

Tesla Model S used offers retail much higher than its peers

Tesla Model S used offers retail much higher than its peers

Tesla residuals are not only the highest among other plug-ins, but is highest for all cars in its class, regardless of the powertrain.

Estimated depreciation rate for Model S versus mileage stands at:

  • 6% after 10,000 miles
  • 12% after 20,000 miles
  • 18% after 30,000 miles
  • 23% after 40,000 miles
  • 28% after 50,000 miles
  • 32% after 60,000 miles
  • 37% after 70,000 miles
  • 41% after 80,000 miles
  • 44% after 90,000 miles
  • 48% after 100,000 miles
Selling 50,000 miles Model S for 72% of the  MSRP sounds impressive, especially compared to about 60% for other models from the class.

The Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 at 50k rated at about -59% depreciation, which means a residual value of 41%, while Chevrolet Volt still holds ~55%, but still behind the industry average.

Tesla Model S value (source: Autolist)

Tesla Model S value (source: Autolist)

source: Autolist