Tesla Touts “More Than 3.2 Million Miles Have Been Charged at Tesla Superchargers”


That's a Lot of Free Miles

That’s a Lot of Free Miles

Tesla Supercharger Site in Florida

Tesla Supercharger Site in Florida

In October 2012, the world’s first Tesla Supercharger station went online.

Today, there are 25 Supercharger sites live in the US and 6 more in Norway.

Those 31 sites have no allowed for over 3.2 million miles of Supercharged driving.

As Tesla claims, these 3.2 million Supercharged miles have offset the use of 130,500 gallons of gas.

As we all know, Tesla Superchargers are free to use, whereas that gas would’ve cost somewhere around $500,000 (considering that most of the charge events occurred in California where gas is routinely over $ per gallon).

So, Model S owners can now thank Tesla for collectively saving them approximately half a million dollars.

With Superchargers coming online all the time now and with more Model S sedans hitting the roads, we expect this 3.2 million figure to grow exponentially.  By this time next year, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if it’s over 20 million Supercharged miles.

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Free is a big selling point and cheaper than charging at home.

But with Tesla owners, and the fast Supercharger, it’s less of a ‘need’ for more electric power on their daily drive with the Model S having over 200 miles of range. But more of the fun of meeting up with other Tesla owners, along with those that need to be seen charging in public, so others that don’t know what a Tesla is, know they have an electric car.

Because clearly, you can drive around in traffic all day in San Diego, LA or SF and not ‘need’ to charge before heading home. Unless you are running a taxi service.

But 130k gallons of gas is huge. Based on goelectricdrive.com, Volt owners travel 140 EV miles every minute. It would be interesting to add up all the gallons of gasoline not used by all the plug-in vehicles to date.

Volt: 275,016,586 cumulative EV miles as of right now.
14,406,000 cumulative gallons of gas saved.


Then again, that’s only the miles charged at the Tesla Superstations. The majority of owners will be charging at home. So that number is only a fraction of what the Tesla S is racking up in gasoline savings.

By comparison, Ford just announced that owners of their plug-in hybrids are traveling over 74 million miles annually on EV alone. 203k miles per day or 8,400 EV miles every hour and growing. And the plug-in hybrid C-Max and Fusion have been on sale for less than a full year so far.

“It would be interesting to add up all the gallons of gasoline not used by all the plug-in vehicles to date.”

You want to give OPEC and major oil refineries a headache?
Not to mention those folks who are heavily invested in the oil industry.


I don’t think ‘free’ matters that much to people that paid a minimum of $70K for their car.

Hmm, I wonder when the cost of housing will go up near these superchargers. It might be the only time you would want to live close to a filling station 😉

I doubt it. Most of these are located in-between cities and in commercial areas.

Will probably increase by up an astronomical amount, to capture all of the financially illiterate people who would care.

You don’t want a Supercharger by your house. You want them 100 miles away in all directions.

Maybe, but if I had a filling station down the block and could fill up every few days for free and have more superchargers about 100 miles away; why not? Growth usually occurs near highways on the edge of town, so you could have 1 near your new house and another about 100 miles away  Just a thought.

5c/mi, __20,000__ mi/yr => $1,000/yr
200 mi/charge, 5c/mi home charging (conservatively expensive) => $10/200mi.
Say 45 min charging, 5 min round trip => 50 min
$10/50 min ~= $12/hr
$10/5 min ~= $120/hr

I hope the driver of the $70k+ car can do billable work at a nearby facility during those 45 minutes of charging.

Sometimes my wife and I will go out for coffee or dinner or movies and charge up for free at our local Koels store. Maybe I should start charging her for the time I spend with her while our car is charging 😉


City of Palo Alto to require EV chargers for new home construction.

It does NOT require EV chargers . . . it just requires pre-wiring for a charger. That is nothing but some conduit and wire. It costs almost nothing to do. This is very good law.

That’s a lot more use than I would have thought. Equivalent of 3200 cars doing 1000 miles each. Or about 5000 LA SF return trips.
I suppose it’s to be expected that many do the trip just because they can.

Btw, does use of the super chargers require some kind of card or could you pull up with a car that was compatible?

No card needed. What you DO need is the proprietary connector. The cost of using the Supercharger network is baked into the cost of the car (Supercharger compatibility was an option, I believe it’s now standard). Musk has publicly stated he’s ready to arrange deals with other car manufacturers about Supercharger compatibility but there have been no takers as of yet.

Elon Musk is such BS’ter that I don’t think you can believe him. He’ll anything to promote his car.

You can believe him, he’s one of the few people around who does not BS. You might think about adjusting your outlook on life, or getting one.

I think the Superchargers are the most revolutionary thing about the whole Tesla mix. Nothing else about Tesla seals the deal as much as their presence does IMO.

But what ever happened to the battery swapping deal? Since that high profile demo event announcing the idea, it’s become lost, never talked about, as if it has disappeared from view as if it never happened.