Cost To Go One Mile

The easiest way to compare Electric vs. Non-Electric Vehicles is to determine their cost to travel for one mile.

For Non-Electric it is simple. You take the Average Gas Price per Gallon ($2.59) and divide that by your MPG (Toyota =29 MPG / Acura = 28 MPG)... and you get $0.092 per mile. This means to travel one mile in the Toyota Highlander Limited Hybrid or the Acura MDX Hybrid it will cost your $0.092 per mile driven in gas alone.

For Electric vehicles it is a little more complex...

If you want to double check the above numbers... take the range of the Model S 75D, which is 259 miles and multiple that by $0.035 which gives you $9.065 per Full Charge. Based on 80,000 miles you would need (80,000 Miles / 259 Miles Per Charge) and you get that you will need 308.88 total charges. Multiple the total number of charges, 308.88, by the cost of each Full Charge, $9.065, and you get $2,800... roughly the amount that you will pay for an entire 12 months of kilowatts, per Tesla ($2,793).

If you want to double check the above numbers... take the range of the Model X 75D, which is 237 miles and multiple that by $0.038 which gives you $9.006 per Full Charge. Based on 80,000 miles you would need (80,000 Miles / 237 Miles Per Charge) and you get that you will need 337.55 total charges. Multiple the total number of charges, 337.55, by the cost of each Full Charge, $9.006, and you get $3,039.98. roughly the amount that you will pay for an entire 12 months of kilowatts, per Tesla ($3,026).

In summary the cost to travel one mile in a Non-Electric Vehicle costs roughly 3 TIMES that of an Electric Vehicle.

By comparison, a Full Size SUV, like a Chevy Suburban that gets 16 MPG costs (at $2.59/gallon of gas) cost $0.162 to travel one mile... over 4.26 times more than the Tesla Model X.

Here are some other popular cars and their associated cost to drive one mile...

Vehicle

Dodge Ram 1500

Ford Expedition

Jeep Wrangler

Ford F-150

Toyota Sequoia

GMC Envoy

BMW X5

Ford Escape

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Lexus LS430

Honda Odyssey

Volvo V50

Audi S4

Cadillac CTS

Pontiac Grand Prix

Mazda6 I

Honda CR-V

Subaru Outback

Chrysler Sebring

Porsche Boxster

PT Cruiser

Ford Taurus

Nissan Altima

Honda Accord

Hyundai Elantra

Mini Cooper

Toyota Corolla

Scion xA

Toyota Prius

Honda Insight

Tesla Model X 75D

Tesla Model S 75D

MPG

11

12

14

14

15

15

17

18

18

19

19

20

20

20

20

20

21

21

21

22

22

22

23

24

24

25

29

30

44

51

68

74

Cost/Mile

$0.24

$0.22

$0.19

$0.19

$0.17

$0.17

$0.15

$0.14

$0.14

$0.14

$0.14

$0.13

$0.13

$0.13

$0.13

$0.13

$0.12

$0.12

$0.12

$0.12

$0.12

$0.12

$0.11

$0.11

$0.11

$0.10

$0.09

$0.09

$0.06

$0.05

$0.038 (is the Cost Per Mile)

$0.038 (is the Cost Per Mile)

Cost/Gallon

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

$2.59

(If you spent $2.59 on kilowatts)

(If you spent $2.59 on kilowatts)

By comparison if you took the price of one gallon of gasoline ($2.59) and divide that by the cost for a Tesla to travel one mile ($0.035 for a Model S and $0.038 for a Model X) you can see that you would be able to travel 74 miles in a Model S and 68 miles in a Model X... clearly showing the value of your dollar when you drive a Fully Electric Vehicle!