Tavish wrote:Yoda wrote:Matthias wrote:Article today about this in the NYTimes.
The company is applying for $250MM - $300MM in loans from the gov't to build a production plant. And they estimate that with the savings in fuel costs, the lifetime price comparison is the same as buying a $35,000 Ford Taurus.
How many years of ownership before you see that kind of savings on fuel costs? Most people don't drive their car until it dies.
Well the estimates I've seen for cost per mile for charging the Tesla Roadster is around $.03 per mile. Just a basic estimate for a gas car at 25 mpg (which is slightly higher than the national average) and $2 per gallon (again slightly higher than national average) would be $.08 per mile. So to save $15K in fuel alone it would take 300K miles which certainly wouldn't work. Of course if the price of gas rises and the cost of electricity stayed steady that number would fall rather quickly.
It would be tough to put 300K on that car since you can't go more than 150miles from your house.