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      12-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #90
Lieutenant General

Drives: E90 & Z4 Coupe
Join Date: May 2012
Location: MARLAND

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So I did a bit more digging into the total cost of ownership numbers. According to Tesla's website, service is required yearly or every 12,500 miles, which ever comes first. The service visit is $600 every 12,500 miles, or a bit less if you pre-pay for service at a 4-year 50,000 mile plan the price is $1,900. Moreover, Tesla can't state how long a battery will last, but it does offer a pre-purchase battery plan that pays for a battery replacement after the 8-year 100,000 mile mark, so apparently Tesla thinks the lifetime of a battery is just 100,000 miles. The replacement cost for the 60KWh battery is $10,000.

Viewed from a cost-competitive point, this car has fail all over it.