We’re just two years into the great Tesla experiment, but some drivers have already driven enough to circumnavigate the planet. One question many would-be Tesla buyers have is how well will the battery last after a bunch of driving? After 28,000 miles, one owner has an answer.
A YouTuber that goes by the moniker KManAuto posted this video showing his 60 kWh Tesla Model S still retains 99% of its battery capacity 28,000 miles in just 11 months of ownership. When he first got his car, the Model S gave him an estimated range of 209 miles, but after essentially driving around the Earth, the Tesla is still good for an estimated 206 miles of driving.
The longevity of Tesla’s battery pack has to do with how they’ve built their batteries, relying on thousands of individual battery cells rather than a single large unit. This allows for high-speed Supercharging and a long-lasting battery. Tesla also liquid cools its batteries to keep range-reducing heat from adversely affecting it, helping making it likely the best battery on the market.
Though maybe not for long. Tesla has opened its patents to the world, and will allow other automakers to use its technology to advance electric vehicles. Those worrying that a costly electric vehicle might end up as dead weight with a dead battery after a few years can breathe a sigh of relief.