Costs to Date
in my
Tesla Model 3

August 1, 2022

Echoing the fossil fools’ petrolganda, naysayers often claim that EVs are much more expensive than gas cars. Of course, I didn’t purchase my previous Nissan LEAF or my current Tesla Model 3 just to “save money,” but rather to do my small part to help mitigate the climate crisis. Still, I have most certainly saved money on “fuel,” and every month I post these stats on my solar webpages to show the savings compared to my previous gas Subaru, both with and without the array:

Nonetheless, fuel savings aren’t the only costs of car ownership, so I was curious to compile and add up everything in my records that I have spent on my Model 3 —and I have spent a lot! Many of those expenses are universal for practical any car, no matter the drivetrain —like new tires, 12V battery, windshield wipers, insurance, registration. Others are optional accessories that perhaps most owners would want to purchase for their cars —like paint protection, all weather floor mats, dog seats and covers, cleaning supplies, a windshield sunscreen. But there are also specific costs that are unique to electric cars —like a wall charger and plug adapters.

At any rate, I have tried to find every expense that I have spent on my Model 3 so far, and below is a table that lists them and their costs. As I put more miles on the odometer, pay for more Supercharging, and perhaps buy even more accessories, I will periodically update the tally, so check back in the future. Indeed, who knows? I might have to face a very hefty repair bill in a couple of months, if my “Agreement to Arbitrate” is unsuccessful in purporting that Tesla should cover the components in the “High Voltage Battery Service Panel” under its Battery and Drive Unit Warranty.