Submitted by bredell on February 6, 2013
What would you say is the ICE equivalent of the Model S, standard version with the 85 kWh battery?
I live in Sweden and I intend to let my company own the Model S and let me drive it. When I do so I have to pay tax for my right to use the car for personal driving. Here in Sweden, every car is assigned a taxation value that's used to calculate how much tax you have to pay. The taxation value depends on the price of the car. To promote the use of electrical cars in Sweden, the law says that if you're using an electrical car you should first find out a comparable ICE car and use the price of that car instead when calculating the taxation value.
So, what car would that be? This should be a car that looks and functions just like the Model S, except for the EV drive. It should be a sedan of equal size, standard and have the same amount of options. I suppose that the power of the engine should be similar as well, but not necessarily the acceleration.
For most other EV cars it's probably a lot easier to find a similar ICE car since the car manufacturer usually has an ICE version that's exactly the same, but since Tesla don't make any ICE cars the Model S has to be compared to an ICE car from another manufacturer.