Tesloop’s 2015 Tesla Model S is on its way to half a million miles, and it could last for even more. The California-based Tesla rental service has an impressive fleet of high-mileage Teslas that are a testament to the brand’s durability. How much maintenance does it take to keep a Tesla on the road that long?
The Tesla’s total maintenance costs may surprise you
Tesloop released full maintenance records for the Model S on their website after eHawk began to gain attention. Sharing what it took to keep the Tesla Model S on the road provides valuable data to Tesla owners and potential future buyers alike.
The rental company spent nearly $20,000 on eHawk maintenance, which they broke down to five cents a mile. Tesloop further categorized its spending into regularly scheduled maintenance (totaling $12,200) and general repairs ($6700).
When compared to similar class gas-powered vehicles, the 2015 Tesla Model S is very inexpensive to maintain. Tesloop gathered data on the Mercedes GLS class and the Lincoln Town Car’s maintenance costs. The Town Car cost an average of $0.22 per mile, while the GLS came in at $0.25. With more than four times the expected maintenance costs, gasoline vehicles can’t compete.
Three battery replacements keep the Model S on the road
Tesloop reports that the original battery in the 2015 Model S lasted 194,000 miles. That battery suffered from a chemical issue. Tesloop also admitted to some neglect on its part due to heavy usage of the battery.
eHawk’s second battery was replaced after 324,000 miles. This second battery was affected by an issue with the Tesla Model S’s battery assembly. Both the first and second replacements were covered by Tesla’s unlimited milage eight-year warranty.
eHawk’s current battery is a 90,000 KW upgrade from the 2015 Tesla’s original unit. The Model S comes equipped with a 60-85 kWh lithium-ion battery. Tesloop reports improved performance with the new unit.
Minor blemishes show the 2015 Tesla’s age
Interior details are commonly the first places a new vehicle will show wear. eHawk is no exception to that trend. The Model S’s glove box is showing signs of wear. The paint has taken minor pitting damage from regular road wear. These minor complaints do nothing detract from this impressive example of longevity.
Tesloop wants to push the Model S even further
Tesloop is just as excited about eHawk’s milage as everyone else. The company hopes to push the Model S over 500,000 miles. They’ve initiated a campaign to enlist their customer’s help in pushing Tesla’s clock. Interested parties can rent eHawk for free to help add miles to the Model S’ record. Tesloop believes eHawk can make it another 600,000 miles while still under warranty.
eHawk is in good company at Tesloop. The company has several other electric vehicles with high mileage, including Model X 90Ds with more than 300,000 miles. Five other Model X’s in their fleet have reached over 200,000 miles.