How long do Tesla batteries last?
Technically, Elon Musk claims on Twitter that the batteries in Tesla vehicles can last through 1,500 charging cycles, or 300,000 to 500,000 kilometers. According to the Department of Transportation, the typical automobile driver logs somewhere about 13,500 miles each year, putting this range anywhere between 22 and 37 years.
It is important to note that this is a different distance than what is covered under Tesla’s warranty. There is no telling how well your battery will function after you’ve driven your Tesla for 100,000 to 150,000 miles (depending on the model) because Tesla no longer guarantees repairs or replacements after that mileage.
After 300,000–500,000 miles of driving on a single Tesla car battery, the battery is likely to be in rough shape. It’s difficult to get information on the cost of changing the battery in your Tesla, but you don’t have to wait until you’ve racked up a lot of miles. Despite Musk’s assertion in the same tweet that it would cost $5,000 to $7,000 to repair a battery module, it’s important to remember that your Tesla’s battery pack likely comprises numerous modules, so it might not be cost-effective to replace your entire battery.
Teslas vs. gas-powered cars: which lasts longer?
So, how do Tesla’s electric cars compare to the most popular gas-powered models? Six widely available vehicles that can be considered viable substitutes for select Tesla models and their respective driving ranges are listed below.
- Honda Accord: 488 miles
- Toyota Corolla: 436 miles
- Nissan Altima: 518 miles
- BMW 330i: 468 miles
- Audi A7: 463 miles
- Audi Q7: 450 miles
When comparing the range of a fully charged Tesla to that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, the former is clearly superior. The nearest Tesla model, the Model S, has a range of 405 miles and is competitive with some of these gas cars. Soon, the ranges of gas and electric automobiles will be about equivalent, as battery technology for electric vehicles continues to improve.