Tesla Model S Owners Have Driven 394 Million Miles; Saved 18 Million Gallons Of Gas

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 16


394 Million Miles And Counting

394 million miles driven.

18 million gallons of gasoline not consumed.

Those are the latest stats on the Tesla Model S sedans on the roads around the globe.

Approximately two months ago, the miles driven figure was at 344 million.   Roughly 8 months ago, the figure was only 100 million.  So, it’s obvious that the miles driven figure is climbing rapidly these days as more Model S sedans get out there in the wild.

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16 responses to "Tesla Model S Owners Have Driven 394 Million Miles; Saved 18 Million Gallons Of Gas"

  1. Dude says:

    Well done by Tesla! Some considerations:
    – Some of the electricity is produced by coal etc
    – Electric car owners drive far more than they would’ve using a normal car (cause it’s “free”), so it’s not a net saving
    – Other commuting options may be bus or train, not ICE, at least where bus lanes are made available for el vehicles
    – 18 gallons per 394 miles is pretty bad. What are we comparing against, F-150s?

    1. Mint says:

      We’re comparing against cars in similar classes as the Model S, just as we should.

      Here are some EPA combined figures:
      BMW 550i: 20 mpg
      BMW 535i Gran Turismo: 22 mpg
      BMW 740i: 22 mpg
      Merc E550: 21 mpg
      Merc S550, CLS550: 20 mpg
      Porsche Panamera: 21 mpg
      Porsche Panamera GTS: 19 mpg

      You can be sure that these cars are generally driven a lot harder than the EPA tests, giving even worse fuel economy.

      As for the coal argument, it’s less than 40% of generation, and even more importantly, 0% of new generation. EVs will be on the road for a long time, and coal isn’t part of the long term.

      1. Dude says:

        Your selection of cars may be representative for the US market. In Europe, these cars are replacing diesels which easily average only 60-70% of the 21.9mpg.

        My point is this: You cannot just take miles times some consumption and say it’s saved gas.

        1. kdawg says:

          This is how GM calculates it for the Volt fleet:
          To find out the fuel saved we need to calculate the miles per gallon; Miles per gallon = [Difference in Total Miles Driven in kms (current-previous) * 0.621/Difference in lifetime fuel used * 0.264]. Fuel Avoided = (Difference in Total Miles/Official MPG for US passenger cars) – (difference in Total Miles/Miles per gallon).

        2. Grendal says:

          Actually you can say that those gallons were saved. Those are cars that did not burn the gasoline to be powered. If your point is that the cars still used energy then you’d be right. Around 89 MPGe worth of energy would be used.

        3. Phr3d says:

          I see your point, but the Only fair comparison would be with models of Like size and performance, or I could say that a diesel-Semi with a 40,000 kilo load gets This MPG, right?

          IF there are people replacing their 50mpg diesel Golfs with Teslas, I must admit I missed the articles about them in my Very Limited reading. I -think- Mint’s reply was spot on, Those models are the auto sales that Didn’t happen when a customer bought a Tesla, and that is a Good thing.

    2. EV Guy says:

      Where are your stats for EV drivers 1. driving more because they have an EV and 2. electricity is free?

      Electricity at home is not free, we pay for it. The only people who don’t payed for a Solar setup to get off the grid that way. None of the EV owners I know drive more now because they bought an extremely efficient and awesome EV. What you would be suggesting is that they also got new jobs or they are taking the longest route to get to work. That is asinine and ignorant.

      lastly, I’m really getting sick of the “some electricity is made from coal” argument. Not that it isn’t a true statement, but trying to make electricity seem as dirty as gas is just dumb. If you want to throw that statement around we need to acknowledge that your gasoline is also produced by this same electricity, thus compounding inefficiencies and pollution. More so in fact because that same gasoline needs to be transported by trucks before it hits your tank.

    3. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      – Some of the electricity is produced by coal etc

      And _all_ of the gasoline is produced by petroleum, and all of the emissions are uncontrolled point pollution that cause respiratory issues etc.

      1. kdawg says:

        Maybe we need to start a hashtag #YesAllGas

    4. MDEV says:

      So we shouldn’t buy energy star appliances until the coal plants disappear??

      1. kdawg says:

        And you should disconnect your house from the grid and power your home with a gasoline generator, LOL.

  2. Francis L says:

    Just to put that in perspective : US consume 368 millions gallons per day. So it’s like if you stop all us cars for 3 minutes. But as they sell more and more, the time of ICE is counted!

  3. kdawg says:

    Catching up to the Volt fleet, which is at 560,840,961 EV miles, 29,155,333 gallons of gas saved.

    1. scottf200 says:

      And tweets not required. Source here: http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car.html

      1. Ocean Railroader says:

        This is good in that in the event of a oil storage we can use rolling oil rationing to keep cars on the road. But as more and more volts and Teslas get on the road the amount of gas saved will go up two or three times faster by the end of the year.

  4. ffbj says:

    I imagine the price of gas, sans the ev revolution, would be higher.