After a little more than two years and 50,000 vehicles sold, Tesla Model S owners have covered an estimated 1 billion gas-free kilometers. Considering it took the Nissan LEAF twice as long and three times as many vehicles to cover the same billion kilometers, Tesla has every right to be patting itself on the back.
According to Tesla, the result of all this electric driving is an estimated 100 million liters of unburnt fuel, nevermind the hundreds of millions of dollars owners saved by not buying gas. Much of this energy is even free, thanks to the hundreds of Supercharger stations covering large parts of the US , Canada, Europe, and growing sections of China and Australia too. Though still a minor part of overall car sales, electric vehicles are starting to have a quantifiable impact on the environment. Of course driving a Tesla also changes how you look at the rest of the automotive world, and not for the better.
What’s more, it shows that Tesla owners are driving the snot out of their vehicles. The 50,000th Tesla was built just a couple of months ago, but already there are owners that have eclipsed 75,000 miles of electric driving behind the wheel. That’s what happens when you build a great car that’s fun to drive.
More than that though, electric cars are making in-roads with buyers as a better way to drive. A recent study of Nissan LEAF owners in the UK revealed that about half of EV buyers are quitting gas for good. The Model S also has the highest customer satisfaction of any other car, and Elon Musk is even changing the way we go about buying new cars.
Here’s to the next billion gas-free kilometers of all-electric driving, and maybe there be many more billions to come.