Breaking the cost of a 1,000 mile road trip in a Tesla Model 3 vs. Audi A4
Nov 27, 2018 | by Iqtidar Ali
Electric Vehicles are significantly cost-effective than the traditional gasoline cars in the short and long-term both. Let’s see how a Tesla Model 3 compact electric sedan tackles cost-effectiveness of a 1,000 mile (~1610 km) road trip in the United States.
Tesla definitely has superiority over other EV manufacturers when it comes to availability of fast charging options, especially when it comes to inter-city travel.
Recently Elon Musk announced on Twitter that Tesla is aiming to double the number of Supercharger stations by the end of 2019 — not only the number of stations will increase, Tesla is also working on the release of the next-generation Tesla Supercharger V3, Elon Musk said:
Famous YouTuber and owner of a Long-Range Tesla Model 3, Andy Sly recently embarked on a 1,000-mile road trip and calculated the amount of time and money needed for such a journey (video below).
Let’s first go through some data to break-down the cost of a 1,000 mile trip for Tesla Model 3 and then compare it with a gasoline powered 2018 Audi A4 to calculate the difference.
Andy needed 4 Supercharging sessions on the whole trip in addition to 12 Amps free charging at home and shortly with a Destination Charger at a restaurant that also comes at no cost.
Tesla Model 3: 1,000 mile road trip Supercharging cost
|#||Supercharger Stop||Supercharging Time||Miles Gained||Cost|
|1||Brentwood, TN||36 mins||177 miles||$3.70|
|2||Athens, AL||28 mins||127 miles||$3.90|
|3||Athens, AL||20 mins||70 miles||$2.20|
|4||Bowling Green, KY||14 mins||115 miles||$3.08|
|Averages →||24.5 mins||122.5 miles||$3.22|
|Totals →||1 hour 38 mins||489 miles*||$12.88|
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* Let’s consider we are totally depending on the Tesla Supercharger network for our trip we can roughly double the total cost to ~$26-$27, which still is an impressive number from the cost of trip point-of-view
Now let’s quickly crack the numbers for a 1,000 mile trip for the ‘2018 Audi A4 Ultra 2.0 L, 4 cyl, Automatic (AM-S7), Turbo, Premium Gasoline’ — I selected this version intentionally as it’s the most fuel efficient Audi A4 according to EPA and as the Model 3 trip above did a highway trip, let’s use Audi’s 37 MPG fuel consumption unit for our calculation.
Another thing to remember here is that a gasoline car cannot utilize any ‘Free’ fuel opposed to a Tesla/EV using home and Destination Charging without any cost.
Audi A4: Fuel cost for a 1,000 mile road trip (United States)
|Audi A4 mileage||Fuel Cost for 1,000 miles|
|$2.561||37 miles per gallon (EPA)||$69.2|
Audi A4 is a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3 and looking at the above tables both have a huge difference in on-going fuel costs — we are saving almost $55 on a 1,000-mile trip, these savings translate to thousands of dollars over the vehicle lifespan, if we also consider oil change, air filter replacement, radiator coolant, and service costs, the difference spans even further.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below on ‘how wise it is to buy a gasoline powered car from 2019 onwards?’
Let’s watch Andy’s 1,000-mile road trip’s cost calculations in the following video:
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