Submitted by alton.obriant on Fri, 2014-10-24 16:49
I am generally against new car purchases. I mean its a very expensive proposition unless you happen to be a multi-millionaire or billionaire. However when Tesla announced it's unlimited warranty on batteries and drive unit, I began cooking some of the numbers on a Tesla in my head.
Is a 30 year old Tesla a possible thing , I began to wonder? How much maintenance would you need in 30 years and what would that contribute to the overall cost of ownership? I began thinking that if you could own your car for 30 years a Tesla would end up being far more affordable as a new car purchase than almost any other vehicle out there at a $60,000 price mark.
Assuming I spent what I spent on gas during my commute years in California I could easily spend $300,000 on gas in a 30 year period. How much a 30 years of Tesla supercharge costs at about 95 miles per day? Now if the soon to be Model 3 debuts at $35,000 and has great durability and the same warranty, and can get to the 400km + range I think I may actually buy a new car. What do people think of the Idea of the 30 year Tesla? Is this even within the realm of possibility? What are the numbers really? I am sure there are many factors I have not yet considered.If I can make a good case I might be able to sell Tesla as my companies corporate vehicle in California. That would be a lesser term of purchase though.