How long do Tesla batteries last?
According to Elon Musk on Twitter, Tesla car batteries are supposed to technically last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is 1,500 battery cycles. That’s between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver, who, according to the Department of Transportation, drives about 13,500 miles per year.
Importantly, this is not the same distance that Tesla warranties. After 100,000 to 150,000 miles (depending on model), Tesla no longer covers repairs and replacements for you if your battery degrades past a certain point, so there’s no promising how well your battery will work after being driven that far.
If you’re driving 300,000 to 500,000 miles on one Tesla car battery, you’re probably working with a pretty beat up battery by the end. Pricing for replacing your Tesla’s battery is hard to come by, but you don’t have to wait for all that mileage to make a replacement. In the same tweet mentioned above, Musk claims that it would cost between $5,000 and $7,000 to replace a battery module – but keep in mind that the battery pack in your Tesla contains multiple modules, so it may not be cost effective to replace your whole battery.
Teslas vs. gas-powered cars: which lasts longer?
Tesla’s cars have some of the best ranges for electric vehicles, so how do they stack up against popular gas-powered cars? Here are six popular cars on the market and their ranges that each can be seen as alternatives to certain Tesla models:
- Honda Accord: 488 miles
- Toyota Corolla: 436 miles
- Nissan Altima: 518 miles
- BMW 330i: 468 miles
- Audi A7: 463 miles
- Audi Q7: 450 miles
In general, gas-powered cars travel farther than Teslas – this is when comparing the distance they can travel on one tank of gas to the distance a Tesla can travel on one full charge. The Model S, with its 405-mile range, is the closest Tesla model, and it doesn’t fall far behind some of these gas cars. As electric vehicle battery technology continues to advance, it likely won’t be long until ranges for gas and electric cars are essentially the same.