Tesla Model S Logs 100,000 Miles In 21 Months


Can you believe it? 100,000 miles on a Tesla Model S in 21 months! That sure is a lot of driving. All without 1 drop of gas.

TeslaRoadTrip sets out to show everyone (via a recent tweet) that a Tesla Model S is capable of road trips across the country and that you don’t need a second (ICE or hybrid) vehicle to do it.

Using gas for a road trip is a thing of the past. Charging quickly and for free is what the Model S allows you to do using Tesla’s Superchargers which TeslaRoadTrip takes advantage of.

Model S owners, how many miles are on yours? How is your overall experience with it?  Anyone else over 100,000 miles?

Current Supercharger Network. (8/12/2014)

Current Supercharger Network. (8/12/2014)

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That’s way to damn much driving for me. Who was it and what do they do for a living?

What’s the battery cap look like?

I’m curious too – I’m thinking it should be in the low to mid 90s percentage wise

“I asked about range loss and he’s said about 5% but he hasn’t done any of the balancing procedures that others have used to “regain” a higher statistical indicated remaining range. He believes the range loss is probably well below the 5% indicated.”


How many new gearboxes?

Hilarious. Have you considered a career in comedy when you’re done shorting the stock?

Joking and tongue in cheek aside… I’d like to know the answer.

My 2014 Leaf had its motor replaced 9 months in (6,200 miles). I have a friend who had his Leaf motor replaced on his 2014 before a year of ownership (8,000 miles)

It’s subject that interests me. It interested Tesla enough to extend their warranty.

“He’s had a drivetrain replacement (I think only one though) and some ticky-tack little things but for the most part his car has been rock-solid.”


Thanks for the link.

Keep in mind also that this is an early owner, with an early model, and that the drivetrain (as well as other components) has undergone steady improvements.

Another Tesla thread and another accusation of shorting Tesla’s stock by a Tesla fanboy. Somethings never change.

How many total hours charging/looking for one?

100K miles @ 70 mph average speed = 1428 hours of driving.

100K miles , with 150 mile recharge in 30 mins
= 333 hours spent extra just charging.

You are making a flawed assumption that any extra miles were spent charging. The guy could just have a 100 mile commute but wakes up every morning with 100% range and no extra time charging.

100 miles commutes doesn’t add up to 100K miles in 21 month..

Math doesn’t lie.

Maybe he has 100 miles commute and then drives 612 miles every weekend…

Well, he likes to live in his car for sure.

Or he has a 150 mile commute and has a charger at work. That would possibly be less than even filling up at a gas station. 100K miles with a 400 mile gas range means that you filled up 250 times in the year. At a generous 5 minutes per fill up that is still almost 21 hours at a gas station. Filling up isn’t exact full/empty and so the number is more like 320 times.

or he is at some point part of Tesla motor

If it is 100 miles commute in the sense 100 miles going to work and then 100 miles coming back from work, it start to fit though.

Yes, math does not lie.

100 miles 1 way, 100 miles back gives you 200 miles a day. There are 5 work days in a week, 5 * 200 = 1000 miles per week. Assuming 50 weeks gives you 50,000 miles a year. Which equals to 87.5k miles in 21 months.

So as long as they had 12.5k miles driven during that 21 months in weekend driving and other trips along the way of the commute, the math adds up just fine.

Hey! He is a salesman on the road or a courrier, a hosecall technician or something…. For sure he works with his car. Thousands of people do… And the logical choice is a Tesla since it cost a lot less to fill up. Time sleeping while charging or time eating or shopping nearby a super-charger cannot be included in the maths.


So your point is that using and burning on petrol is better because it fills faster?

Same with converting hydrocarbons into hydrogen, and then “burning” it.

No need to sit and stare at the car while it charges. Eat lunch, go for a walk, read the newspaper, surf the web, go shopping, etc.

The time is not wasted like it is at a gas station.


Ridiculous assumptions in that post. I’ve spent 0 “extra hours” charging mine.

I’ll leave it as an exercise for you to figure out exactly how. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult.

Nobody averages 70MPH over 100,000 miles.

And those 333 hours saved 4000 gallons of gasoline. That’s like earning $50/hour to take a nap, eat, browse the web, etc.

In your case, you could kill time by trolling InsideEVs.

1. A Prius goes 50 mpg. So, more like 2000 gallons of gas saved.
2. If someone drives 100/200 miles a day, most of those must be freeway miles. Last I checked, the average speed on freeways was way over 70 mph.

If this guy wanted to save the planet, he should have just moved closer to his work. Or work closer to wherever he lives. If he didn’t work at all, he would still be fine. He just wasted his expensive car commuting, almost the same money he made in a year.

But he could be working as a salesman. I don’t know.

a Prius…LOL. cheapo, tiny ecobox, with no power, no handling, no breaking, no anything, compared to a large high performance luxury car. Typical clueless comparison.

But a Prius is not comparable to a ModelS, I would say more like 5000 gal. because none of the comparable cars get good mileage.


If it’s an 85KWh pack, does it matter? It would still be under warranty and a free replacement.

Rodrigo Henriques Negreiros Magalhaes

I don’t know about the Tesla but my Ford sedan is in its 3rd gearbox in less than 104K miles… In all my ICE cars I had mechanic issues, engine blowing, gearboxes and so one. I would try an electric vehicle if I could afford a brand new car. Jay Leno’s Detroit Electric has more than 100 years and it is still running faultless without any power-train replacement!

Nice shout-out to Leno’s electric.

So the battery made it to 100K miles and is still working fine?

EVs win. The batteries dying long before hitting 100K miles was a fear of mine. Despite accelerated testing using ovens, you never really know the longevity of something until REALLY tested out in the field. And the Model S seems to have done well.

We don’t know that. If Elon didn’t say boast about it, assume battery got replaced few times.

You know what they say about assume See Through.

I don’t have to assume because its obvious that you and Cheryl G (if your not the same person) are obsessive-compulsively posting your anti-Tesla FUD here on an pro-Ev site and I’m sure there are mental issues to explain your irrational hatred for Tesla.

Or maybe monetary issues.

I think you hit the nail on the head K-Dawg.

“He’s had a drivetrain replacement (I think only one though) and some ticky-tack little things but for the most part his car has been rock-solid.”


So that’s what, 160 miles per day, on average? That’s not too unreasonable. Two or three hours per day at highway speeds.

Eh, yeah, that’s LA for you. Buy a cheap house way out to save money, drive for hours in traffic, buy an $80,000 car to save money on that long commute…. LOL

Yup, pretty typical millage for a SoCal driver having to commute to work…

I’ve got a little over 36,000 miles on my 85 kWh Model S (VIN 5785) and have had the car since early March 2013. I still had 262 miles of range at 30,000 miles, but unfortunately I then had a “high voltage interlock loop failure” and they swapped out the whole pack to get the car back to me quickly. I also had the drive unit swapped out at around 18,000 miles due to the humming/droning sound at highway speeds. But both times the service was exceptional. I got a top of the line P85 loaner during the drive unit replacement and while they had to get me a rental car when the main battery pack failed far from a service center, the dropped off the repaired car to my place of business on a flatbed trailed and then took the rental car away on the same flatbed.

Wonder if this will force that type of service being offered by Mercedes, BMW when one of their $100k cars have a problem. I’m sure the dealer network is excited about That prospect.

Nah! For Mercedes/BMW etc, the service is so rare, it doesn’t matter. And the car is in a drivable condition. They can drive in, and drive out in a matter of an hour. Read, sleep – just like one supercharge as you Tesla lovers say.

1 in million chance that the Merc/BMW etc. etc. will need an engine or gas tank swap, like the Teslas need.

Driving in and driving out of dealer for service is much worse than service happening magically while you work or sleep.


Hah, Merces and BMW are some of the worst junk on the road especially at their price points. Nobody with a brain buys them (they lease). Anyone can make a car that lasts 3 or 4 years and 36 to 60k miles…..

I have had three BMW’s and owned them all. Never again, I am a slow learner

You have clearly never owned a BMW. 5 service visits in 18 months and they refused to change the oil every time.

Only once was my wife offered a loaner vehicle. We loved the car but sold it because of the terrible (and often) service.

Your post makes no sense.

Guilty as charged, sorry about that.

I was relaying my personal experience with my wife’s BMW that we recently sold. It required many trips to the dealer for service (radiator problem, broken HVAC, tear wear issues, and a couple required service visits).

These were all covered by warranty (except tire wear). In all of those visits over 18 months, they never changed the oil, stating that it wasn’t needed yet. My wife does not drive many miles ~10,000 in 18 months. Oil quality has a time component too, so it clearly should have been changed.

Only one time in these visits was a loaner offered. Two of the visits were multiple days. They compounded issues with terrible communications as well. The end result was my wife not wanting to own the car because of our local service department.

Now that sounds right to me. One thing the Germans cant seem to get right is cars. I like most of their stuff though. Especially sham wow. Ha!

I just want to clarify, that my wife loved the style and driving of the BMW. The service of our local dealership changed our mind on continuing to own it. If the service department had been more professional, it would probably still be in the garage.

*tire wear (autocorrect got me)

Just for fun, see what a complete engine swap in a Merc/BMW would cost you.

Tesla swapped out the battery, not the motor (no “engine”). Could have tried repairing it (see: Merc/BMW repairs). Replaced the whole thing instead. Under warranty. With free pickup, loaner, etc.

reman 24mo/24k mi warranty 3.0i engine swap part/labor comes in at $12k.
I know you didn’t Really want to know, but that is the price at dealer.

$12k!!!!!! That is CRAZY expensive. They are awfully proud of a “rebuilt” motor.

Do you know how much Tesla would charge to repair a “high voltage interlock loop failure” when a Model S is out of warranty, or would Tesla only swap out the battery pack for this type of repair after the warranty ends.

Someone else who had the same part break more recently said that Tesla gave them a loaner battery, replaced the broken part with a redesigned version, and then swapped the repaired battery for the loaner. So I imagine permanent swaps like I got won’t be the standard procedure in the future.

I have no idea how much this type of repair will cost when the battery is out of warranty, but I imagine by the time my 8 year unlimited mile warranty is up I’ll want to upgrade to whatever improved battery has been developed by then.

Thanks for the insight.

While this mythical, unsubstantiated Tesla story is amazing-, it cannot compare to the hydrogen car that drove around the world three times on one tank of hydrogen.

Even more amazing was the fact that the drivers never became hungry or had to relieve themselves during the entire journey.

And to top it off, the H2 car did not have a single flat tire during the entire three non-stop circumnavigations of the globe.

Who owns this non-existent Tesla model S ?
Or should I say this Tesla Model BS ?

Yeah, cool how that hydrogen helps the car to float across the oceans!

+1 For brilliant sarcasm! 🙂

Maybe they wore diapers like that astronaut chick.

Wait till tomorrow.. I will photoshop this picture, and change the odometer reading to 500000.

That will be quite a stir!!

You are a really deep thinker see through.

It would be better if you photoshopped a picture of yourself with a brain.

Actually, Tesla has a test bed with battery that has over 500,000 miles on it.

Model BS for sure. Hahaha, great post.

Have to ask … how many miles per set of tires?

Energy free, but rubber to tread, has a cost per mile.
An operational expense, that is less significant when comparing vehicles.

Here is the relevant post by the owner from on http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/guess-who-stopped-99610-miles-his-ms-odometer?page=1 ” My5bAby | August 13, 2014 @moonfresh “As I stated before, all that money saved on gas and oil changes goes straight to the tires, which a lot of people seem to overlook when justifying the purchase of the MS. I guess I can never justify buying this badass car–not even a used one. Hope the model 3 will be an all around–tires included–economical EV.” Respectfully, I just bought the 5th set, as others have stated I have altered my style of driving and each set is lasting progressively longer as the previous one. My last set lasted roughly 30K miles. Tires and charging at home are the only expense I have had with this car. How shall I say this, if MONEY is your ONLY concern, I suggest you use public transportation or walk. Most of us have purchased & use this car because of its many advantages. It’s possible that this car and probably no other non ICE vehicle will be a good fit for you. Best Regards, To all the rest, please pardon my tone, I just get exacerbated. Following moonfresh’s logic there would be no… Read more »

So not eating tires like Hamburgers is another reason why Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul EV had limited the acceleration to 10-11 seconds to 100 km/h.

If you get the P85/P85+, you’re going to eat tires a lot faster than with a standard S85 or S60. If you blow away from every red light, same loss of rubber.

Driving style has a great deal to do with how long any set of tires lasts.

Well for one ice have such crappy standards it would difficult not to beat them. I don’t know why Hydrogen keeps coming up,(perhaps because it so light) it’s twice as expensive as gas, therefore around eight times as expensive as electricity. Tesla is a great, though not perfect, vehicle.
No service on Mercedes or Bmw? In what fantasy world do you live in? While they do have fewer service calls than the norm for ice they will be like five times as expensive to fix.

I’m wondering about the dashboard display that said “4.9 kwh used since last charge”, and of course the remaining range being 125 miles.

The unknown is was that a full charge done last time prior to the photo of the dash?

I am not sure what the “mystery” here is, he drove 14 miles since he last plugged the car in. Would guess he charged it to ~140 miles, hence the remaining 125 rated miles.

that’s obvious. What was the current state-of-charge though?

Ah – IIRC, his max charge leaves him with ~250 rated miles.

100K! Did they have some Ferris Bueller action going on?

A hunnid thou

Get Real said this in the current thread…..

Get Real
August 21, 2014 at 5:28 pm

“You know what they say about assume See Through.

I don’t have to assume because its obvious that you and Cheryl G (if your not the same person) are obsessive-compulsively posting your anti-Tesla FUD here on an pro-Ev site and I’m sure there are mental issues to explain your irrational hatred for Tesla.”

We night also add Dave Mart to the list of usual suspects and official FUD creeps.


Wow! If you don’t like EV’s and especially Tesla, then why in the hell are you on an EV website reading EV positive information?? No No, wait, let me guess, it’s your Constitutional Right to be an obnoxious jerk. I don’t consider the Chevy Volt to be an true EV, but damn, I’m not sitting here telling people who own one that they are idiots. Go away and play Scrooge on some other website and let us relish in the realization that EV’s are here to stay and will soon put ICE’s in museums!

He is being paid to post.

Probably through the Koch Brothers political money laundering machine that’s trying to buy our elections (and the future).

Yeah, if the Koch brothers buy up all our electrons, then there’s no future for….

Oh, wait….

thats a lot of frickin miles in ~2 years

I’m not sure I could even stay awake to drive that much in less than two years.