Model S

How much money are you wasting at the pump?

edited November -1 in Model S
I couldn't help but contemplate this the other day after filling up at $3.50 a gallon. Using the numbers provided at I calculated that I lost $40 filling up my car. The more depressing part was realizing that since gas prices are projected to continue climbing this summer, it's only going to get worse.

Assuming I'm not going to get my S until November that's more than $1200, not accounting for price increases that I will waste waiting.

I can only imagine how reservation holders on the coasts are suffering.


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    For me, it is about $55 a week. And the earliest we can have our model S is late next March. Yep, more than one year from now.

    Given that, it should be around $3000. Ah, it is so much more pain writing that number down.

    ~ Prash.
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    for me it is about $150-$250 per week
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    Currently spending $65 per week per car = $130 per week.
    $6,000 per year.

    Fully expect to be driving my Model S to the polls on Nov. 6.
    I might just hang out there for a while and chat with the voters.
    Let folks see my brand new "unicorn" (as Elon mentioned on Oct. 1).
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    @David, awesome, makes me wish WA state had in person voting.
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    Petrol (gas) here in Australia is between $AU1.40-$1AU.60 per litre, so $5.30-$6.00 per US Gal. Currently our dollar is $US1.07, so you guys get fuel extremely cheaply!

    Currently I spend around $AU100 per week on fuel, so $5200 per year on my car alone. Luckily my wifes' car uses a neglible amount of fuel as she doesn't drive very far each week.

    While I'm at it, cars in the US are also extremely cheap, with luxury cars frequently costing more than double the US rate. A $50k car here is not considered a luxury car - and luxury taxes don't apply until around $58k, or $75k if the car uses less than 7 litres/100km. We don't get any rebates for electric vehicles at all...

    - Mark
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    Mark, i am in Sydney. Sig S reservation holder. Welcome! I laugh when the North Americans complain about petrol/car prices!! Dear Julia and her commie mob have raised the luxury tax threshold for electric vehicles. That is our only concession. May be worth around $5000!!!
    Mind you, I have written to all 3 parties about this as well as the state government. Maybe you would like to do the same?
    We MIGHT see our cars here in July next year, but I won't bank on it. I shudder to think what they will cost, given that the roadster is AUD 210,000.00!!!!
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    Yeah, gas has been around $1.25-$1.45/l here in Canada for a dog's age. Mostly taxes, of course. The Cdn$ is around parity, so gas here (Vancouver) has been hovering around the $5 USD/USG for a long time.

    (A typical current price in London, UK, is $2.14/l, or $8.11 USD/USG!!)
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    I love driving where I want to go. It's not a waste of money. At my old workplace there was a train that I could take to and from work, and I liked using it sometimes, but I also liked driving, especially when I had other things to do.

    Anyways, I know the answer you want to the question you really meant to ask. I spend about $50 a week, sometimes less.
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    For my Civic hybrid, it's around $40 per week. Sometimes less if I take the coach more than once.
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    Dborn, don't forget that little Johnny Howard was the one who introduced the &$)! LCT in the first place. Both sides are useless and want to protect GMH & Ford.

    I have written to them via the NRMA, but intend to step it up now that Kim is no longer minister for manufacturing. The concession doesn't apply to electric, but anything less than 7l/100. I intend to propose that it is raised to $110k for less than 3l/100. I've calculated electric at less than 2l/100 equiv when powered by coal. Better in Tassie where 90% of their power comes from renewables!

    The Roadster price & LCT limit on depreciation is the reason I don't have one in the garage right now. I'm a reservation holder as well, just not for a sig. Can't justify he extra reservation fee, just left it in a term deposit.

    The roadster price in the US was $117k, plus import cost, a local warranty uplift, JH GST, etc etc. At 150k and with no dep limit I'd have one.

    Even with the LCT if I could depreciate the whole cost rather than only $75k I'd be happy.

    In NSW we have to put up with Barry, who is underwhelming at best. I'd hoped for much more but he's too busy giving Packer free grabs for a new casino.

    We should be lobbying for access to Transit lanes, exemption from the city parking levy, cheaper registration etc but I don't hold much hope. Both parties are as bad as each other.
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    Mark E. yep. I have asked for those State concessions, but as you say, don't get any reply. I will write again. Luckily, I had a reservation in for a general production, and as a promotion, I was offered the chance to upgrade to a sig for the same money - no additional. Naturally I took it. When it comes down to the wire I will review and make the financial decision then.
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    I don't drive much and work close to home so my weekly bill averages out to about $30 a week.
    The up side is once I get my Model S my driving habits will increase. I used to enjoy drives in the country when the cost to fill the gas tank wasn't double (or more) what my lunch cost on the trip.
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    In Quebec regular gas is $6.50 per gallon. I spend $60 per week and I only use the car three or four times a week because of the gas prices. My model S will see a lot more use than my current 1999 BMW 328i.
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    In 4 months I hope to be paying virtually nothing to fuel my car. The time of use plan for my utility is $.01/KwH. So that's about $250 per month in my pocket once my S arrives.
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    Our 2 cars (1 petrol, 1 diesel) cost around $175 a week to fill up. We both do about 20.000 miles a year here in the Netherlands.
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    The primary car (i.e. the one whose miles will be displaced by the Model S) costs about $80/week from October-April and $120/week May-September. Adding weekly RTs from Boston to Maine isn't cheap! So, about $5000/year.
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    I don't drive far most days and I have a Golf TDI. On average I fill the tank about every 3.5 weeks for a cost of $50-$60. With my current driving patterns the Model S won't save me much, but I expect my next house will involve a longer commute. At that point my Model S might save me $50-60 per week.
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    Q: "How much money are you wasting at the pump?"

    A: All of it.
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    olanmills has a point, though...we wouldn't be pumping it if we didn't need it. If you need a means to do something important/productive/etc., is it wasteful? No. It's necessary.

    But of course, the point is, is there are more efficient way? Naturally. That's why we're all here.
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    Tom beat me to it.

    Probably $75 at the pump at $4 bucks USD. It's over that now where I live.

    I figure I'll take delivery perhaps 8 months from now. So I'll be buying about $2400 at the pump if gas stays at 4.

    My car is also 14 now with over 200K, and I'm hoping nothing happens before I can semi-retire it. That could get really expensive fast.
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    yesterday I was so happy (ironic) that the ppg was $3.599 much to my surprise it was still $52.00 for 14.5 gals. I calculated that at 20,000 miles per year and at $3.799 ppg the next 8 years of the battery life I will be saving $30,362.00 on gas.
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    $5958.42 over 132,987 miles
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    About $1000 per year on diesel. My trip in to work is only about 15km and I only fill up about once per month if I don't take any long trips.
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    Question: How much $$$ are you wasting at the pump?

    Answer: All of it.

    Go Tesla!
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    @petero :-)

    I spend ~$88/week for pure work commuting miles...horrible mpg in my Volvo XC90...can't wait for the change.
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