Tesla Maintenance Cost Compared To German Luxury Cars – Video

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DEC 17 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 82

Ben Sullins (Data Geek) provides a wide variety of charts and graphics comparing the maintenance costs of a Tesla Model S (with and without the available four-year and eight-year service plans) to some German luxury cars.

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Tesla Rangers to the Rescue! provides a wide variety of charts and graphics comparing the of a Tesla Model S (with and without the available four-year and eight-year service plans) to some German luxury cars.

One fact you will quickly notice – aside from Tesla winning in every comparison – is that the service plans save you very little extra cash.

Video Description per Ben Sullins Data Geek: 

What are the maintenance costs of a Tesla Model S versus its competitors? In this video I break down the annual service costs and look at how much you’d save with a Tesla over a BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and an Audi A7.

The video dives deeper into longer term EV maintenance costs as compared to gas-powered vehicles, including warranty information and details on battery replacement.

Overall, the video is very well executed. The visuals are clear and concise, and Ben gets through a ton of excellent info in a very short time. Check it out and let us know your thoughts and personal experiences.

On a side note, this would be a perfect video to show would-be, could-be EV buyers that are skeptical or uneducated, simply because the explanations are easy to understand and he doesn’t push or speak as if he has an agenda. Just the facts!

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this is a ridiculous comparison. maintenance costs for german luxury cars are going to be through the roof. first of all, you are dealing with low volume components; second of all, they are going to be coming from german, because high end cars are not manufactured in the united states. anyone buying a mercedes-benz s-class is coming up with around $100,000 off the lot. if you can afford that kind of money for a car, the maintenance costs are not going to be a big issue relative to the owner’s disposable income. the high end is decidedly less price sensitive than is the case for the customer segment that buys toyota camrys.

so talking about saving money with a tesla makes little sense. if a person was looking for a deal that makes the “best” economic sense, that person wouldn’t be looking at buying *any* of these cars…including the prospect of spending $100,000 on a tesla. the buyers of these cars are “cost no object” consumers, who want certain luxury features and are willing to pay the price to get them.

uhh, people with money dont usually Want to waste it

i agree with you, but then such people would *never* spend $100,000 on *any* car. but the fact is, there are people who *do* spend $100,000 on a car. my point is that the people who *do* spend $100,000 on a car are a lot less price sensitive than are the people who *don’t* spend $100,000 on a car.

What about saving money AND the planet?

Do you own a Tesla? I do. And I do care quite a bit about not wasting my money on maintenance …

You are correct! I am also a Tesla owner

People with money who don’t want to waste it don’t buy Mercedes S-classes.

i think that a lot of people who look at a mercedes-benz s-class and who also look at a tesla model S realize that a tesla model S is not a luxury car. that observation seems to be lost on the person who made this video.

LMFAO over serial anti-Tesla troll and obviously affiliated with MB, no comment when he says “…a lot of people who look at a mercedes-benz s-class and who also look at a tesla model S realize that a tesla model S is not a luxury car.”

Well I got news for you no comment, tens of thousands of people who really matter, i.e. buys of luxury cars all around the world disagree with your asinine assertion!

http://insideevs.com/tesla-model-s-outsold-mercedes-benz-s-class-in-europe-in-2015/

http://www.bimmerfest.com/news/936003/tesla-outsells-bmw-7-mercedes-s-combined/

https://cleantechnica.com/2016/01/15/1-large-luxury-car-in-us-tesla-model-s-2015-sales-comparison/

http://eftm.com.au/2016/10/exclusive-tesla-outsells-mercedes-s-class-bmw-5-series-audi-a8-combined-32523

Tesla model s is an expensive e class, bmw5 series ir audi a6 competitor. Look what kind of luxury us offered in an s class, the size of the vehicle etc.
Even elon musk said multiple times that the model s is not a competitor of the s class.
He started doing so after a lot of people did, and it sounds good to outsell your “competitors”.

It is not only the price that puts a car into a certain market segment.
When you buy a tesla a big chunk of money goes into tue electric drivetrain which is still more expensive then ice drivetrains..
So that money is not spent on luxury equipment.

And i think tesla makes good cars.
But they do not offer a luxury s class competitor thats just it.

Eclass etc still outsell the model s.

Going to get interesting when model 3 comes out at a similar price to 3series bmw etc.
Those are the bread and butter models of the german premium brands. If model 3 eats those sales it is going to be a huge wake up call!

Can you kindly give the source of “Even elon musk said.. ” Or GTFO 🙂

A Tesla Model S is not a luxury car?
I think somebody needs to get first the two cataracts fixed, and then their head tested!

I own a Model S and am not wealthy. Low emissions and less maintenance were important to us. Our combined household income is a little less than $100K/yr.

There are lots of super rich people that don’t mind paying for the best but don’t like the idea of getting ripped off on principle.

If EVERYONE charges $15k for the first 4 years of service for an F Segment Super Premium sedan then that is fine because that is the going rate. But if one premium car maker is charging $2500 for the first four years of service then I am not willing to get hosed on principle.

People that take a lifetime to acquire their wealth are more reluctant to part with it, like businessmen in traditional industries.

People that make their money overnight, like various entertainers, tend to piss it away.

i think that, for the most part, those people *don’t* feel like they are getting “ripped off” – they know what features they want and are paying to get them.

be aware that a lot of people who own mercedes-benz s-class and bmw 7-series cars *also* own teslas.

The ones I know are selling their German money pits, because they are finding they stop driving ICEs completely. One held out to replace a luxury SUV until the Model X came out. What this chart so succinctly demonstrates is the superiority of a BEV over combustion designs. Owners with one EV are figuring out it applies, and those who can afford the BEV product that meets their needs and tastes are replacing in kind. What do you think those Model III orders from existing Tesla owners are all about?

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Well said

Yeah I bought a Tesla to save money! That would be good for a laugh at any party.

For people who normally buy cars in the price range of $100k or so, buying a Tesla car is saving money on maintenance and repairs.

Or at least, that’s what’s reported by many people who actually own Tesla cars on the Tesla Motors Club forum. And unlike you, they’re speaking from experience.

Now, if you’re comparing it to maintenance and repair on a Ford or a Chevy, then no, it will be more expensive, just like the car is more expensive. Duh.

There was a great cost analysis between a Honda Odyssey and a Tesla Model S. Tesla came out ahead as cheaper. When the base price dropped on the 60kWh, it fared better.

No kidding on the savings. I’m not new here. Of course I’m talking about total car cost, that anyone with common sense would realize.

No tesla, no comment!

Never wanted/needed a luxury vehicle. I bought my Tesla because of the maintenence and fuel savings, it’s ridiculously huge number, which brings the £70000 to about half of that (on a long term). And what is ‘saving the planet’ thing? Don’t you hate driving behind a smoking dinosaur having to close incoming air, which in few years won’t make any difference (for our children). We have to admit that no one repairs a vehicle on high pollution basis.

Obviously you don’t know what you are talking about (and clearly not a Tesla owner). As Tesla owner, I carefully examined the cost of maintaining Tesla vs few other options I was considering before I made my decision.

And as someone observed already, yes I certainly considered the saving the Planet part as a factor too.

It’s about life cycle cost. This is a fair comparison. All the listed cars are in the same or similar luxury class level. This is a clear illustration of progress. In an few decades, people are going to laugh at the primitive technology of combustion engines!

“first of all, you are dealing with low volume components”

And that doesn’t apply to Tesla too?

Excellent!!

good video

Luxury cars are expensive, who would have known.

OMG. There’s no such thing as “500% savings”. If it cost $15K to maintain the Audi, then 500% savings would mean you receive $60K over the same period! How can a “data geek” say “500% savings”? Maybe he should say 50% savings. 80% savings, etc. This video is annoying, he shows the same data in different graphs over and over. He finally gets to something interesting (battery amortization) at 4 minutes in. Instead of beating the numbers to death it would be great if he would explain what items BMW and Mercedes are putting onto their repair schedules in years 4 and 5 that make those costs so high! I’m sure I’m not the only one interested in knowing what an S-class needs maintained more than seeing a 3rd different representation of the $11K number. He does say “no surprises” but he’s really talking about maintenance here. Real surprises come with repairs. And that’s a bit of a problem with the Tesla, since Tesla monopolizes repairs on their cars we don’t have a good idea of how to minimize repair costs after the warranty is up. We don’t even have a good handle on what the non-minimized costs are. When… Read more »

All maintenance is included. It works that way for all luxury brands including Cadillac. So there is no “savings”.

Well, although I have a model S, this is very onesided here. Back in Europe BMW comes with all services included for 4 years. Also seating comfort, specially in the back is totally uncomperable. These German luxury cars back and front seats are top noch whereas Tesla next gen seats in front are good but back seat is in top 10 worst seats in market. No headroom, no polster, knees high up. Model X is good but S is really bad. Fit and finish is something between chinese and korean, but handling and power are high end. So really mixed, its drivers car, but not for comfort.

The floor is just too high in the Model S. Or if you think the battery has to be there then the ceiling is too low.

This means hips down & knees up seating position, as you reference. It works, it fits people in the space. But it isn’t really a luxurious feel to have to fold yourself in and hoist yourself out like that. I mean, it’s fine but it just isn’t what you usually choose for a vehicle in which you are being chauffeured.

Bench seats are for school buses, IMO. Tesla’s seat does not drop like you’re in a coupe. It’s pretty normal. I think most would agree.

It doesn’t drop like a coupe compared to street level because as I said, the floor is too high because the battery pack is under there.

But the hip point is low compared to the knee point in the back seats. When you sit into the rear sits, you are lowering your butt down compared to other cars of its size or even compared to the front seat of the car.

Bench seat in a car doesn’t refer to the angle of the seat bottom. Bench seat refers to how it is shaped in the other direction (transversely in this case), are there distinct seats for each position or just a uniform seat transversely where people sit. Like a bench. Bench vs. bucket.

You should have bought the Executive Model S configuration sold briefly in the US but designed for Chinese markets. Also, next-gen seats are an improvement. So, you thinking about the new Air? Or is the Renault Trevor more your style?

The problem is the seating position dictated by the dimensions of the car. You can’t fix it with special seats.

I’m in line for a Bolt. Most definitely not a luxury car.

But Priced Like One. ™

And still only available in CARB States…

Let me show you my calculation (everything without tires of course): – BMW 7 series costs 1kEUR less if you don’t want all maintainance incl. the official safety checks by German law for the first 5 years/100Mm, see current pricelist http://www.bmw.de/de/neufahrzeuge/7er/limousine/2015/fakten.html#katalog page 91. BMW garages are even in smaller cities. – Tesla Model S costs € 2.450 for 4 years/80Mm pre-paid and € 4.675 for 8 years _without_ official safety check (ca. 60-70EUR each, for normal customers (no car rental) first time after 3 years, then always after 2 years, so add 120-140EUR to compare with BMW 7 series). But the Tesla service centers are very often far away. In my case they want additionally >250EUR for each maintainance for the ranger service or that I spend 3-4h on the street. – MB S class: Could only find 3 years/45Mm -> Starting at ca. 1kEUR/year and add the official safety check (ca. 100EUR each incl. fumes check). Garage network nearly like BMW. – Audi A7: 5 years/100Mm cost ca. 660EUR/year (without official safety check ca. 100EUR each), Garage network nearly like BMW (maybe even a little bit better) -> https://www.audi.de/de/brand/de/kundenbereich/reparatur-und-service.html#page=/de/brand/de/kundenbereich/reparatur-und-service/servicekomfort/service-komfort-fuer-neuwagen.html -> It’s quite possible that the difference is not that… Read more »

I have paid under $500 total maintenance on my 2011 Volt after 4.5 years and 78,000 miles.

Edmunds says the average is $7000. https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/volt/2011/st-101213142/cost-to-own/ Not only is that number unbelievable, but you have to wonder what these guys are smoking, especially with respect to the $1200 in repairs during the bumper to bumper warranty period. Maybe they think you buy the car and waive the warranty?

So $500 plus another $500 for maintenance during the next few years plus $1585 to extend repair coverage to 96 months 96,000 miles.

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Agree that the Edmunds number is much too high. I remember wondering where they pulled that number from when I first saw it several months ago.

Really strange numbers. What in the world would cost $5000+ in the 2ND year of ownership of a 2014 BMW 7 Series?
That car had 4yr/50000 mile scheduled servicing covered under warranty.

Without a specific breakdown on costs, this whole comparison is meaningless!

It’s very simple:

He’s using the Edmunds Total-Cost-to-Own information for the German cars, but because Edmunds has insufficient data for the Model S right now, he’s using the information from the Tesla website.

Somehow, I doubt that if you go to the BMW website, you will find anything there that says you’ll be dropping over $7000 in maintenance costs before your warranty expires… especially since their website actually says that all scheduled maintenance for the first 3 years is already included.

This is not an apples-to-apples comparison. It is comparing third-party cost analysis to first-party sales literature.

That’s too bad, because if what you say is true then the comparison is biased and therefore has no scientific or statistical validity.

However, I’ve seen the same thing reported many times in comments on the Tesla Motors Club forum: That yes, maintenance (and repair) costs for Tesla cars are higher than for the average car, but cost are lower than they are for other cars of comparable purchase price.

Yeah, it’s gonna cost more for maintenance and repair for a Tesla car that it is for a Ford or a Chevy. But maintenance will, on average, cost less than it does for a similarly priced BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus, or Infiniti.

At least, that seems to be the consensus of actual Tesla car owners. I look forward to the time that Edmunds.com can give us real numbers for comparison.

Well let’s not allow facts to interfere with our fantasies. LOL He can’t actually be using the Edmunds TCO calculator because that says the maintenance costs for a 2014 MY BMW 7 in the second year is $0. His number is $5060. Oops.

Note that the big expense is depreciation. The more expensive the car the bigger hit you take on depreciation. Funny how that works. It’s the reason that no one is “saving money” by owning a Model S.

The Edmunds.com website you linked to in another post calculates costs based on your zip code. The numbers it gives me are different than the ones you report. So your numbers are not the “only correct answer”, as you seem to think.

We will hope that Ben Sullins took care to use Edmunds’ data for the entire nation, not just a single zip code.

This is comical. Apparently someone has never bought a luxury car other than a Tesla. Had he done so, he would know know that ALL MAINTENANCE on these cars is included. So the “cost” of maintenance for four years is zero, notta, nothing.

In reality maintenance on the Tesla is considerable more expensive.

Perhaps he means operation costs or something. But if he’s actually talking about maintenance costs, No idea where he gets his numbers from but I’m thinking it’s a nasty dark place.

When posting anti-Tesla FUD, it’s best not to make claims which are so obviously untrue.

I’m sure Edmunds.com has data to back up its claims… and you don’t.

Yes, in your alternative facts are FUD. Obviously another person who has never owned a luxury car. There is something called Google. Try it. You might find something like this:

“CADILLAC PREMIUM CARE MAINTENANCE COVERS SELECT MAINTENANCE SERVICES, (WHEN SCHEDULED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OWNER’S MANUAL), INCLUDING:

Oil Changes based on your vehicle’s oil life monitor system

Tire Rotation every 7,500 miles

Engine air cleaner filter replacement

Passenger compartment air filter replacement

Multi-Point Vehicle Inspections (MPVI)”

That’s all the maintenance there is.

Spider-Dan pointed out the fallacy of using cost estimates from Tesla’s own website.

You’re committing the same fallacy by citing claims from Cadillac’s own website.

And I dunno about anybody else, but I certainly would include — for example — the cost of tire replacement in maintenance costs for a car. So let’s not pretend that Cadillac pays for all maintenance, because clearly they don’t pay for new tires.

What else did Cadillac omit from what you are incorrectly describing as “That’s all the maintenance there is”? Hmmm?

I’m confident that the figures Edmunds.com gives us are based on what people actually paid for maintenance in the real world… and not on some anonymous serial Telsa basher’s claims that there is zero maintenance cost for Non-Tesla cars!

I should just have canned paragraphs for you PUSHI for as usual, you have no real world experience with costs. My Cadillac ELR, which replaced my Tesla Roadster, is the perfect example of why costs are lower. I expect to pay less than 1/8th the tire expense for the ELR, over 50,000 miles (in otherwords, trying to make this as fair a comparison as possible since by around that time the ELR will need a new set of ‘shoes’). I would imagine an “S” or even the more tire-expensed “X” wouldn’t need quite as much rubber as a Roadster, and I cut the cost of tire expense on that car 3-fold which is why even TESLA was impressed and asked me what I had done, as I’ve explained before. I may be very pleasantly surprised – I currently have 25,000 miles on the ELR and the tires don’t look a bit worn. It will be interesting to see what their longevity is seeing as they are PREMIUM BRIDGESTONE Low Rolling Resistance Run-Flat tires. I’m assuming the greatly reduced squirming, the large tire size, and the premium quality will have the tires requiring a changeout at 50,000, but it may be… Read more »

So to continue our exercise in “all facts are FUD”, here is another fun fact. From the BMW web site:

“For model year 2015 or 2016 vehicles sold or leased by an authorized BMW center on or after July 1, 2014, the BMW Maintenance Program is provided for the first 4 years or 50,000 miles whichever comes first. These maintenance programs cover ALL FACTORY RECOMMENDED MAINTENANCE (emphasis supplied) as outlined in the vehicle’s Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional specific items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear and that are not covered by the original New Vehicle Limited Warranty—such as brake pads, brake rotors, and wiper blade inserts—are included provided wear and tear exceeds BMW wear limits. Any applicable adjustments required due to normal operating conditions are also included.”

Yes, so maintenance for a BMW for the first four years is zero. Absolutely amazing how some people can’t tell facts from FUD. LOL

What makes the Tesla maintenance costs considerably higher? There are hardly any serviceable parts in Teslas….

Problem is, after these 4 years the maintenance will become a major risk – like ten of thousands dollar risk.

Of course u can sell it. But the residual value of ICE luxury is the worst of them all. Just compare an older S-Class with an older Model S and see the difference.

After three years, the service cost of my Volt has averaged about $20/year. Basically just oil changes and tire rotation.

Will the Bolt cost even less?

That depends on the goodwill of your Local GM Dealership. 😉

Mr. “Data Geek” not only doesn’t understand that maintenance for luxury cars comes at no charge, he also apparently has a problem with reading comprehension. He suggests that Tesla is spending $1000 on warranty repairs per car and that GM and Ford are spending $300-$400. This is incorrect. What the Reuters article actually said is that Tesla spent $1,043 per vehicle on actual repairs AND set aside another $2,036 in warranty accruals to cover future repairs. This was for 2015, which was down by 17 percent from what the company spent on warranty repairs in 2014 and down 34 percent from what it set aside for warranty repairs in that same year. How does this compare to other car companies? GM spent just $400 for every vehicle it sold on warranty repairs and set aside another $332 for future warranty repairs. Ford spent $429 per vehicle and set aside $308. If you want to look at luxury cars, Daimler spent $970 per vehicle and set aside $1,294. Basically Tesla does a lot of warranty repairs. It’s not really $1000 versus $350 for GM and Ford, it’s more like $3000 versus $700, though many GM cars have a three year warranty… Read more »

I hardly believe you could compare a model S to a series 7 BMW. Maybe series 5.
The Finnish level on a luxury German car is far ahead of Tesla.
Tesla is successful on the “luxury” maker because of technology, surely not because of its high quality build.

My only comment is that for native American English speakers it’s pronounced Tes-la if you are from a region with a huge British influence such as South Africa, Australia, or the UK then you might say Tez-la. Any native American English speakers saying “Tez-la” are just trying to copy Elon instead of actually pronouncing the name correctly.
You might ask “who is to say what is correct?” well, try Serbians for one who agree that it’s “Tesla” not “Tezla”. We let Elon get away with it because he’s special.

Well my friend calls it “TELL-sah”

🙂

I’ll chime in

I think there’s a misunderstanding about how “rich” Tesla owners are.

Yes, they (we) are doing very well.

But many Tesla folk are buying cars and relying on the Tax Rebate, with after rebate cost in the $65-75k range.

Expensive, but not much more than many nicer SUVs

Many justify it by calculating TCO especially gas savings.

But I have to say… $2100 over 4 years seems steep for yearly key fob battery replacement, wiper blades, cabin air filter, and tire rotation

I make good money.
But I’ve never spent more than $30k on a car before, and I thought that was extravagant. Thus, my $82,950 purchase ($75,450 after rebate and referral) is more than twice my usual buy.

I bought this car to help keep Tesla alive, to help the US get off oil, and as a political statement. Doesn’t mean that I want to spend thousands of dollars on wiper blades

There is a huge gulf between the 1% and the 0.1%
We’re not even open the same universe

Random stats of interest-

Of 2,106 Tesla owners surveyed in California:

573 (27%) have a household income over $500,000
177 (8%) 400-499k
258 (12%) 300-399k
512 (24%) 200-299k
***
1,520 (72%) are classically defined (over 200k income/~1 million assets) as “rich”
Of note: 115 (5%) of owners have a household income under 100k
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Just for “fun”, the numbers on the Chevy Spark EV:

.78% have a household income over $500,000
49% 100-199k
33% under $100,000

…so even on the “low end” of EV ownership 2/3rds are still netting 6 figures (kind explains the issues in EV aoption to date right there), but only 18% of Spark EV owners are over 200k

Considering EV needs home charging to be most useful, and home charging generally means homes with garages, EV drivers would not be poor. Around here, median home prices are around $600K (about $3.5K/mo including tax insurance).

If you consider 20% rule, most households would have to make over $200K ($3.5K*5*12), so it’s no stretch to see that even SparkEV owners, who are mostly in CA, are far above 6 figure.

Even in other states (OR, MD, CT, FL, …), SparkEV needs bit of research as opposed to Leaf that you see almost everywhere. SparkEV owners would have to be more intelligent, which generally means more income. I stumbled on it purely by chance, but I suspect most SparkEV owners are highly intelligent folks who did the research rather than jumping on the most popular one they see.

“household income” doesn’t not necessarily equate to individual income. In fact, household income nowadays usually means a 2 person income. So most likely, 2 people are earning 5 figures or less.

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I’m an active member and officer of my local Tesla club, so I talk to a lot of Tesla owners.

A lot of them have a similar story – have never spent as much for a car, wouldn’t have considered it for another mfg. I’m also in that group.

Something to consider for other electric sedan startups. Principles, motivations matter. Being inspiring matters.

Aside from the ICE maintance numbers looking laughable at best one of the reasons I bought a Leaf was no more maintance…
How on earth does any BEV need 2500 worth of maintance in 5 years??
I dont think I have ever spent 2500 on ICE maintance over the course of five years for any car that I have owned and that includes clutch replacement…

Almost all owners of expensive cars try to dig up reasons why the decision to purchase them was a ‘wise investment’ – I submit this is coloring his thinking a trifle bit. Well,to the plus side, more is covered by Tesla than there used to be – with the possible exception of some Ranger service. But agree, this is a flawed comparison. 1). The feds have told Tesla to stop calling themselves the ‘safest car’. Many people have died (and a few incinerated) in an “S”, whereas no one has died due to highway operation of an Old model VOLT. 2). I wasn’t aware that the TESLA S was a luxury car – the basic model is quite like the equivalent of a Chevrolet Biscayne, a car I happened to like, but there is no way I’d claim the car is a luxury vehicle. I always thought the low-priced Chevrolet Impala was much more of a Luxury Vehicle than the “S”, and wish alternative fuel options existed for that car, earlier. I’m still unaware if the CNG option which was supposed to be available years ago, is there yet – but no matter since the former economical home refuelling is… Read more »

I have a 2016 Chevy Volt. It’s very reliable
and dependable. It will be my last car with an internal combustion engine. My next car will be the Tesla Model 3 and all future cars owned by my family will be Electric or whatever energy source is more beneficial to the environment. The savings is a plus, but it’s not the driving force behind my decision.

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+1

InsideEVs is jumping on the fake news bandwagon now?
No sources, references?
His “battery cost” is just dreaming, or something. Nevermind all the other fantasy.
Sad that this is being amplified.

What Germany ? They get many models made in South Africa and the SUV’s in the USA.
From parts in countries X.
German cars most are no longer made in Germany.
Wonder how many people would buy if told the Truth where the German vehicle was actually made.
It is all just marketing and people with way too much money for depreciation. As older German branded cars are very expensive to maintain – hence the incredible depreciation on some models.
Never mind the parts and labour costs!

“German” car manufactures still have some factories in Germany, but it real that more and more is moved to outside of Germany. Some factories are in the EU/western europe, but there are more and more factories in eastern europe (incl. some very new EU countries).
In the USA one factor seems to be the protective duties why they don’t use much parts from Germany/Europe. On the other hand, German cars in the USA are very different from German cars in Germany -> no yellow blinker, less to configure because everything is part of one the few packages, …

But there’re still many German suppliers of car manufacturers with engineering in German. You’ll find their parts in most european cars (if you know where you have to search ;-)). And some US companies even bought whole German companies doing the things they need 😉

On the other hand, the only battery cell factory in Germany for cells that could be really used in EV (German politicians like always say that doesn’t exist, but I’ve been there for a visit) belongs to a swiss company…

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Hmmmmm. I just traded in my 2008 Prius with 130,000km on the odo. All my maintenance expenses, including a set of tires were around $2500. Around $3500 for our 13 years old Corolla.

Based on reduced maintenqnce costs, where is the cost benefit of buying an electric car?

Electric cars are lot more smoother than gasmobiles and you cannot compare them simply based on cost alone.

Besides Tesla’s vehicles are 7-seater vehicles while the german automakers sell only 5 seater sedans.

Tesla is still far superior and will prevail soon.

Sorry, no self respecting luxury car maker would force 2 passengers to sit in the trunk.

E class wagon does

If ‘fuel’ costs are added to the life cycle cost, the picture is even better for the Tesla!

A good video! Thanks! Just one minor point, though… Instead of the 2014 AUDI A7, you should have used data points for the 2014 AUDI A8 instead. Why? Because the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Tesla Model S are all the flagship vehicles for their respective brands. Choosing the AUDI A7 is like comparing the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class instead. I think that is why the expected service costs for the A7 is so much lower than the other two German cars shown here. Especially since the A8 has a much lower sell-through rate than the 7-Series or S-Class in the US. But further, because where the 7-Series, S-Class, and Model S all have a ‘Large Car’ classification by the EPA, the A7 does not (it is Midsize instead), and there is at least an A8 L that does. FYI… I think AUDI discontinued the A8 in the U.S. specifically because it, too, was Midsize. The A8 L was the only version offered that was a Full Size, Large Car in their stable, and now it is the only version of the A8 in the U.S. at all.

Im not surprised the tesla is out selling the MB… and this coming from a benz technician

Ben Sullins (Data Geek)

Hey everyone, thanks for all the comments! I just found out they posted my video here. I’d love to engage with you more on my YT channel here (http://bensullins.com/yt) sometime. ¡Hasta pronto!