3000 MPG in my Model S!

3000 MPG in my Model S!

I knew the day would come, but after four months with my MS, I finally had to pull into a gas station and get a fill-up. I was really trying to avoid this. I think others at the station were giving me dirty looks as I’m sure they were not getting the gas mileage I'm getting. While I didn’t quite get a full gallon, it still cost over $3.50, which seems like highway robbery. I guess I really have nothing to complain about after getting over 3000 miles of problem free driving. At least I don’t need premium gas. Now all I need to do is get rid of my gas lawn mower and I can truly be gas free.

Velo1 | May 15, 2013

Good one. I got that look too when I pulled in a gas station, cleaned my windshield and silently left. | May 15, 2013

Toro sells a good battery electric mower (had it 2 years now).

jbunn | May 15, 2013

Now I think of them as places to buy snacks and use the restroom.

It's really cool to think about but I have not bought gasoline for over 3 months and 5,000 miles. Changes your entire relationship with gas stations.

Brian H | May 15, 2013

to observant historian?

sergiyz | May 16, 2013

People give me weird looks when I pull into a gas station.
It has a touch-less car wash, so I visit it from time to time.
The car gets a lot of attention every time.
Surprising number of people are still unaware that Tesla exists.
You should have seen a look on their faces when I was topping off washer fluid and there's no engine under the hood.

Brian H | May 16, 2013

Model L, for lawnmower, surely?

David M. | May 16, 2013

After 5 months with my Model S, I've had just one visit to a gas station. It was to refill a rental car on a business trip. An odd experience, once you get out of the weekly routine.

pebell | May 16, 2013

Opening myself up to ridicule with this, possibly. But even though I haven't even received my Model S yet, over the last six months I have been spending so much time reading and watching everything I can find about the MS in anxious anticipation, that I already experience an estranged, detached feeling every time I put the hose in my BMW and fill her up.. Like "This is weird.. What am I pouring this smelly stuff into my car for??"

Can't wait to never drive into a gas station again. Heck, maybe I'll even stock up on wiper fluid before I get my MS :)

Dwdnjck@ca | May 16, 2013

i get my car at 4PM tomorrow. My ford says it has only 45 miles of range left. I guess I am going to have to go one more time. It seems like such a waste.

petero | May 16, 2013

Wish I was 'gasoline free.' Between my wife and daughter's ICEs, and my toy (vintage sports car) I still get to feel the love of the gas stations. I did learn something new at the station - in CA we now have Powerball! | May 17, 2013

@KevinR - thanks for the suggestion. I'm looking at the battery lawnmower choices now. The Black & Decker 19" looks like a good model too.

derek | May 17, 2013

I went to the gas station yesterday for the first time this month, cuz I got stuck with the Acura. It's amazing how much you hate doing it when you realize it can be avoided!

Lawn mower solution: Lowe's Raven hybrid tractor. OK, partial solution.

We've gone 3000 miles in the Model S, and the energy has been essentially free!! By switching my ridiculously high Electric bill ($420/mo) to Time of Use billing, and shifting pool pump, Spa, and Tesla to overnight charging, my bill stayed the same as pre-Tesla!!

Next step: solar to bring the bill down.

Brian H | May 17, 2013

More volts, less jolts -- financial or physical.

noel.smyth | May 17, 2013

I've had the Neuton elec lawm mower for 3+ years now. works great, my son cuts 3 lawns a week with it. Gas mower = big polluter

drp | May 17, 2013

Getting my 28 solar panels next week!! Can't wait!

andrigtmiller | May 17, 2013

I too pulled into a gas station for the first time with my Model S. It was to fill up the gas can for my mower too. I am interested in getting an electric mower. How long do the go on a charge?

DouglasR | May 17, 2013

The ones I've seen don't have a battery; they just plug in.

RanjitC | May 18, 2013

Ha Ha Tesla rocks. I drove into a gas station for a Coke and the weights and measures guy waved me away from the pumps that he was going to check. I was totally bummed that I couldn't fill up! HA.

Brian H | May 18, 2013

An hour or two; depends on how much you spend on the battery! One model has a backup that you drop in when the one you're using poops out.

Babyrocket | May 18, 2013

+1 on the Black and Decker rechargeable mower. Self propelled, replaceable battery, it has worked great for the last two years.

kevinf311 | May 18, 2013

I expect that I'll still be visiting at least one gas station quite a bit once my S arrives. Not to get gas of course!

Those of you lucky enough to be in an area that has WaWa Stores and Gas stations will understand.

I have an unhealthy addiction to their sandwiches and coffee and the fact that a relatively new one was opened on the route from my house to my parents house means I'm stopping there nearly every time I visit them! Even in my current ICE (Town Car) I'll make the stop for self-refueling even if I'm all set on gas for the car. | May 18, 2013

My electric Toro is battery. Takes a few hours to recharge after 40 minutes of lawn mowing.

I pulled into a gas station today for the first time since my S delivery in December. I bought some Powerball tickets-- If I win it's only a slightly better return than my Tesla car and stock purchases :o)

mallynb | May 18, 2013

I bought the Black & Decker 19" electric mower last year at this time. It was promoted as having, "Up to 1/3 acre," battery capacity. I have less than 1/3 acre of flat lawn to mow. I measured the area it cut before it died. It only mowed 1/3 of 1/3 of an acre. I had to recharge overnight twice in order to mow the entire lawn. B&D wouldn't exchange the battery. They advised me to return the mower. I did, and bought a Toro with the refund.

cerjor | May 18, 2013

My neighbors gave me their battery powered Toro five years ago because the battery wouldn't last long enough to do their yard. I put in a new set of batteries (motorcycle ones not Toro's). Been doing well on my yard. I also have a battery powered blowers and string trimmer.

alcassfast | May 18, 2013


I own the Greenworks 40 volt lithium ion battery electric lawn mower.It came with two batteries.

It works well.