Submitted by Lowpro on Fri, 2010-08-20 11:00
Hey guys. I'm not yet a Tesla owner but highly interested in a full electric vehicle without using gas. However I don't understand what you should expect owning an EV, the biggest issue I see is that you can't make a trip longer than 120 mi or more (in reference to the model S) so should you bring a second battery (I assume 5 minute battery swaps you can do yourself and not have to take it to a shop etc) to extend the range?
And then maintenance costs; sure you aren't buying gas but how often do you need to replace batteries and extra electricity cost; is there any place to find information on the cost of this versus just a gas car?