Tesla seek the services of automobile enterprise proprietor Slava Kozlovskii has shared his encounter of owning a Tesla Design S for four decades and how it has executed immediately after driving 160,000km as a rental motor vehicle.
Kozlovskii started out the electric vehicle hire small business Evee in 2019 and it now has cars for seek the services of in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Tasmania, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and even in Alice Springs.
He says he built the movie for the car or truck, which he is shortly putting up for sale, to assistance “change additional minds and bust extra myths about EV dependability.”
“I focus on battery potential decline, supercharging velocity, buy and sale selling prices, price of services also that renting it out has tested to be a fantastic thought,” Kozlovskii instructed The Driven in a be aware by e mail.
“I did my best to continue to be impartial and spotlight the excellent factors as perfectly as the negative kinds.”
It is a incredibly useful overview. From obtain and sale cost, it goes into how renting it out has stuffed that economic hole, what expenses have been involved, as properly as how the auto has held up to the calls for of staying a rental car or truck like battery capability and supercharging.
The car or truck in dilemma is a rear-wheel drive Model S with 70 kWh battery – the foundation variant when it was acquired for $140,000 in 2016 – and which arrived with Increased Autopilot and hardware variation 1..
“I consider it’s held up its value quite effectively comparing to any other petrol auto now today,” suggests Kozlovskii in the evaluation online video which you can perspective below, incorporating he is now offering it for $66,000.
“We’ve accomplished an average of about 40,000 km a year or so, that was on highways and travelling from Sydney and Canberra and each time it was rented …. road visits to regional Australia as perfectly.”
He says that in all that time, the battery capacity has only dropped 9 for each cent.
“When we ended up originally charging it to 100% it would display about 365km on comprehensive cost and now it displays 332km when it is hotter exterior – it essentially goes a bit better [in cooler weather] to 336km, so it is about 8-9% battery capability loss in this time,” he states, incorporating that the most attention-grabbing detail was most of this was shed in the first 80,000 km.
In that time, “The efficiency and dealing with of this car has pretty much not adjusted in anyway,” he suggests.
“There is absolutely nothing that transpires to the electric motors and it accelerates and kinds and corners and handles as nicely as it did on working day one particular which is which is extraordinary.
“It sticks to the street corners as effectively the battery sits low in the middle of the vehicle, with 50/50 distribution and it’s just a pleasure to generate.”
In terms of servicing and routine maintenance, he states there have been mostly electronic difficulties to offer with because the 80,000km guarantee ran out, at a charge of all-around $10,000.
“Wile the automobile was nevertheless less than guarantee [there were] a pair of things but it didn’t hassle us as it was beneath guarantee. But shortly right after we ran out of guarantee …. we experienced to switch MCU (the most important media regulate unit) which is the key monitor,” he claims. “That was almost certainly shut to $4,000 to replace.”
He adds that the major DC charger also unsuccessful, which place a $3,500 gap in the pocket.
“Little things begun to pile up as well these kinds of as door handles not popping up, and you know it is $200, $300 right here in there so in the past 18 months I almost certainly put in close to $10,000 on servicing.”
“So I unquestionably suggest looking at some extended guarantee alternatives …. just simply because all the electronics start out to play up a minimal little bit with age and I’m confident the new cars are a good deal additional good in this sense,” suggests Kozlovskii.
Inspite of the large charge of servicing right after the warranty ran out, the point that the vehicle was making revenue more than compensated for this.
“Because we have been Renting this auto now … it is basically paid out for all it is charges including depreciation, insurance, support, everything bundled in excess of 4 yrs,” he states.
He describes the additional place in the automobile thanks to the “frunk” (or need to it be known as front boot, or “froot”, in Australia?), which has adequate home for a stroller without the need of detracting from rear cargo space.
He also notes that rear wheel generate Teslas are likely to wear down the internal tread of the back tyres promptly.
“The interesting thing about the rear wheel travel Product S [wears out the inner rear tread] mainly because [when you] accelerate it in fact type of sits down and so the internal tread has a lot more friction with the road,” he states.
“Another issue is regeneration transpires only on the rear wheels – there is nothing at all on the entrance wheels that’s in fact halting the auto besides the precise physical mechanical brakes.”
Though the 2016 Model S came only with a single ahead digital camera (new types have 8 all over the car to give entire surround vision), Kozlovskii says it nonetheless performs capabilities these kinds of as lane support and improve pretty well, and that driving involving Sydney and Canberra he would have it on about 98% of the time.
As for supercharging, he admits that the maximum demand price is not fairly what it utilized to be – but that you seriously only have to have to charge to complete capability for extended trips.
“You only require that [full] battery capability to basically vacation amongst extended distances in between superchargers who for travelling from Sydney to Melbourne, your push is 170 km 200 km, [then you] cease for 30 minutes supercharging and hold heading.”
He performs a supercharger check: with just 15km still left in the battery, he achieves a top rated demand price of 108kW.
“When new it was 114-115kw,” he suggests, incorporating that the major cost rate drops speedily shortly soon after charging commences.
“This is 1 factor about Tesla, you know they they say charging velocity of 1,000 kilometres an hour …. on the newer motor vehicles which is genuine, but it’s only correct for the initial 10-15 minutes of charging.
“The actuality that you can charge 1000 kilometres an hour for the to start with 5 minutes does not seriously have an affect on the full charging time,” he says. To demand to complete now takes him all around 2.5 hours, despite the fact that usually Tesla entrepreneurs will established a top rated restrict of 80-90% as the final 10-20% charging will take so very long.
The verdict? Following 160,000km driving in four years, the 2016 Tesla Model S has dropped 35km, or 9% of its driving range, and if Kozlovskii receives his inquiring selling price of $66,000, it will have lost 53% in benefit.
Bridie Schmidt is lead reporter for The Pushed, sister web page of Renew Economy. She specialises in producing about new technology and has been creating about electric motor vehicles for two years. She has a eager desire in the role that zero emissions transportation has to enjoy in sustainability and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electrical Car Forum.