While the world is slowly accepting its all-electric fate, a recent report from WHICH CAR has thrown some of the reasons behind why people convert to a life of EVs into question. Tesla, of course, is one of the most visible brands within the market, with the majority of other all-electric road cars being compared to the various models in its portfolio. It promises a clean energy alternative to fuel, and cheaper running costs with 15,000 superchargers scattered across the planet.
But, this may not be all correct, as the report states.
Owners in Australia have found information that asks if running a Tesla really is cheaper than running a comparable ICE car. Tesla’s Australian website denotes that running a Model 3 costs around $5, compared to an ICE car which costs $9. Since a recent increase in price of fast-charging Tesla Superchargers and a not-so-reliable France as stated on the Tesla site, this has turned out to be false.
Each figure, the electricity the Model 3 uses, the cost of this energy, and the cost of fuel, is wrong on the website. Currently, according to verified government numbers, Tesla owners will pay 40 cents/kWh, with the Model 3 consuming around 18.8kWh per 100km. This results in a cost of around $7 to run the small sedan. A BMW 330i in the same country, will only cost $5.83.
So, add on the increased cost of the initial purchase of the Model 3, and the ICE car is, right now, the cheaper option. Of course, we know Tesla owners don’t buy these cars because they’re cheap, but this only highlights a flaw that will need to be addressed if these cars are to be the future.