World’s Highest Mileage Tesla Model S Has 132,000 Miles And Counting

APR 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 31

Dante Richardson and Tesla Model S

Dante Richardson and Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors recently released a new article in its website’s Customer Stories section, in which it presents Dante Richardson’s experience with the Model S.

Dante received his car in December 2012, but at the time he had to set off on a trip from Washington DC to Miami, FL (over 1,000 miles).

The first 1,000 miles was just the beginning of long journey. His Model S’ mileage now exceeds 120,000 miles (almost 200,000 km).  Dante has told us that the Tesla story is rather outdated. His mileage now exceeds 132,000.

Tesla revealed that this mileage is more than any other Tesla owner on the planet!

Judging by the positive feedback about software updates, free Superchargers and of course general performances, we believe that the car still runs spectacular.

“After 120,000 miles, Richardson is well accustomed to life in Model S. “I’m always in the car!” He lists acceleration, handling, cold-weather performance, and storage space as his car’s standout benefits. But the killer advantage is a driving life that no longer revolves around gasoline.”

“Over the long term, it’s really so pleasant to wake up to a car that is full of fuel.”

While 120,000 miles is a lot to rack up in such a short timeframe, there’s at least one Chevrolet Volt owner with well over 230,000 miles on the odometer and likely hundreds of LEAF owners with higher mileage than this particular Model S.

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31 Comments on "World’s Highest Mileage Tesla Model S Has 132,000 Miles And Counting"

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I wish he would post some battery degradation stats, though he may have gone through a replacement (Tesla had a relay switch and 12V battery problem, IIRC).

+1 Mint, That is what we want to know.

This is a promotional piece from Tesla. It is not going to tell people the number of battery replacements and drive unit replacements the poor chap had to go through. How many service center visits? How many tows?

Always looking on the bright side.

Of course it’s promotional!

And let me add the following:
At 200,000 km he should soon be at the service center again to do his second change of the timing belt! (Oooops… my fault…. it’s not an ICE ;-))

Such a loser troll See Through.
There are now thousands of Model S cars in the world and all data points to their packs having very low degradation rates and therefore very long useful lives.

Just another nail in the coffin of the irrational Tesla haters like yourself.

I have 56 000km on my Model S after 2 years. I lost about 4% of battery capacity in the first year but have not seen any further degradation since then.

Tests on the 18650’s found in Teslas are being done:
http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/45063-Tesla-Model-S-18650-Cell-Test-Data

Elsewhere, people gather dashboard statistics and judge how much ‘rated range’ has declined, but this is a function of:
-Tesla’s OSs, now on version 6.2
-Pack balancing

On TMC, a recent thread included a comment from at least one Tesla employee, who suggested:

“.. They told me to range charge, let the car sit a couple of hours at 100%, then drive to about 20%, then range charge and let the car sit for a couple of hours and repeat that ca 4-5x to actually balance the pack. ”

FWIW, I’ve seen range climb after a couple successive range charges. On Inside EV’s, we spend so much time talking about range, and a lot less about how “full” different cars are allowed to be charged, or how much is allowed to be drawn out. It varies a lot.

Assuming this is @My5bAby, at 96K miles, he had seen ~6% loss of rated range. Subsequently, his pack was replaced because of contactor failure, so comparing beyond that is not valid. As another data point, I have 53K on my Model S and have seen about 2-3% loss of rated range.

The only reason I clicked on this article was to find out about battery degradation 🙁

It is hard to tell on battery degradation because within error limits there is none. 🙂

For EV batteries, shelf-life depended degradation is by far more dominant than cycle life depended degradation. The shelf-life for Tesla batteries is about 10 years in room temperature.

They could’ve at least listed the range he gets on a full charge, so we can compare that to the baseline 🙂

“For EV batteries, shelf-life depended degradation is by far more dominant than cycle life depended degradation. The shelf-life for Tesla batteries is about 10 years in room temperature.”

I am super interested in this subject, do you have more information on this subject. You mean the battery will degrade if it just sat there without using it after 10 years? If you use, will it increase the lifetime of the battery?

I’d like to know how/why a physician is on the road that much? He only mentions 1 road trip to Florida.

Dante is a country doctor. He goes from site to site a lot… like, most days.

My great-great grandfather was a country doctor. There’s a family story about him: when he was doing his rounds in winter, his butt got frozen to the carriage seat. It was some effort to get un-frozen.

I guess doctors these days travel under more comfortable conditions …

“likely hundreds of LEAF owners with higher mileage than this particular Model S”

There’s only one leaf owner who has higher mileage (in Kent WA): http://www.electricvehiclewiki.com/Real_World_Battery_Capacity_Loss

Are you sure there’s more than that?

Probably should have qualified that. Lots of LEAF taxis out there with way more than 120,000 miles. Most, if not all, outside of the U.S.

When you have such a large battery to begin with, who cares what the battery degradation is, as long as it isn’t excessive. There are very few people who need 265 mile range. With the Supercharger network being built out, all it means is a slightly longer stop at SCs when making a long trip.

Exactly. I’ve had my car for 2 year and no drop in range but who cares. I’ll still have the range I need to get around.

For those that want to know. I drive about 12,000 miles a year (normal amount) and no note-able change is the range. Normally the car is charged to 85%. For long trips I’ll change to 100% and on more than one occasion I’ve run the battery down to 3 miles of range. Mostly due to poor planning on my part.

The question we should be asking is how good is his battery after 120K?

Go Dante!

I wonder how many miles Bjorn has…

Bjorn hit 100K km (~62K miles) not too long ago. His battery failed and had to be replaced a while back due to the faulty component. Do you people not watch all of his videos beginning to end multiple times, like I do? 🙂

Is he “My5bAby” on the teslamotors.com forum? The mileage would about fit. My5bAby had his battery replaced at about 96,000 miles, due to a contactor conking out, but it was still going strong.

I wonder how often he gets stopped by the police, LOL.

People are jumping all over used Model S cars, but when that 8 year warranty runs out, who will be buying them and for how much if the most important and most expensive part of the car can break any time. I hope that by then, Tesla will sell some kind of warranty on those old packs, not against battery degradation, but against any sudden issues that could make the battery unusable.

My S is a little more than 2 years old and I have 84,000 miles on the original battery. Since Tesla uses 12,500 miles as a nominal year i think of my car as 7 Tesla years old. My total loss is about 13% from when the battery was new. That is a rough number because several software upgrades have resulted in changes in the range calculation. Today full charge gives me 235 miles and 90% charge is 213 miles.

235 is what the computer reckons you can drive. Isn’t there a more reliable measure of available capacity?

What I do in my Zoe is charge her up to 100% each morning and reset the trip computer. Then I drive to work and back home (100 km roundtrip). The board computer gives me the consumption in kWh/100 km. I can then work out the total kWh’s consumed. Combined with the % of charge remaining in the pack it is easy to calculate the pack capacity in kWh.

Isn’t this possible for the Model S to get the software guesswork out of the equation?

Arne. The question being answered was battery capacity loss. It doesn’t matter what units you use, mi, km or kWh, the percent ratio takes all those factors out. I just used miles so everyone has a feeling for the real world impact of loss. Instead of traveling about 270 miles on a full charge i can now only go about 235. As for the output of the S, yes, I have total energy or miles, instanteous or a selectable average. The variation I mentioned is due to software updates of an internal calculation used to compute battery state of charge. It is based on battery voltage and is influenced by many factors including temperature and how many charge cycles it has under gone. Tesla has been tweeking this calculation from the beginning. The variations are small, on the order of a percent but since the battery is so large you can observe the change when the battery is charged to 100%. You have this same calculation in your vehicle and is used to predict battery capacity regardless of units. It is just that, a prediction. If you are only looking at total energy you may not have noticed a change… Read more »

Thanks for the elaborate answer. Enough for me to chew on 😉

You are using kWh/mi, which are the wrong units by a 3 orders of magnitude. The correct units are Wh/mi. At 293kWh, your 90kWh battery would get you barely 1/4 mile down the road :).

2012 Model S P85, Battery is the original A-Pack, 63,900 miles as of yesterday. Just completed a (no-recharge) 263 mile trip with a 253 Rated Full Charge and had 7 miles range remaining when I got home. 60 MPH,95% highway,6am departure at 41 degrees, arrived home 12:20pm 76 degrees. Bright and Sunny with a slight tailwind. My total for the weekend (564 Miles, 156kWh, 276wh per/mile). No Superchargers. Charging types prior to this trip. 208v/40amp (work),240v/25amp campground(left it there overnight),110v/5amp (Cabin). Now normally I only charge up to 95% or 224 miles each morning. But after this trip my 95% charge was up to 229 miles this morning. Two things could have contributed to this 5 miles increase. I think trickle charging to 100% capacity off the 110v@5amps can somewhat equalize the battery cells and then running the battery down to 7 miles range helped. When I got home I immediately recharged the car back to 95% (245V/40amps)and was happy to see 229 miles in it. The new Trip software was very informative and relieved any range anxiety because I could see that my driving habits improved my range. When I first punched in my Home destination it said -8%… Read more »