How Eco Friendly is Tesla vehicles?
It’s a very common question among environmentalists with Tesla becoming more and more popular.
Other articles on our site are showing Eco-friendly products are grabbing more and more attention through social media and their constant fighting to push away the shadow of big oil.
In this article we will go over the pros and cons of Tesla and let you decide just how Eco friendly Tesla really is!
Pros & Cons Of Fuel Source.
This part can be a bit tricky.
Electricity for Tesla is still produced by coal power plants.
This means if you live in an area like I do the electricity you and your family are using is powered by a none clean energy like coal.
This brings the power meter down on the energy efficiency of owning a Tesla.
In our opinion for this the pro cancels out the con in our list.
Tesla does get extra points for being able to go longer on a charge in comparison to vehicles in the same category vehicles using gasoline.
Here is a quote from earth.com
“Tesla are not cleaner to run than the average car in the UK,” Harris told the Sunday Times.
“The annual emissions of a UK car is 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide, based on an average of 7,800 miles a year.”
“Both the Tesla Model S vehicles we analyzed have the same emissions as an ordinary petrol car of 1.5 tons of CO2 per year.”
- Powered by electric
- Better MPGe
- Most Tesla power stations are powered by coal.
- Not cleaner based on research on other makes in UK
Pros & Cons of Materials.
Tesla uses higher performance metals in the production of their vehicles. Materials used to make the vehicles are still destroying the environment. Teslas are not lighter in comparison to other makes.
The Tesla Model Y weighs around 4,078 Lbs.
Toyota Prius weighs 800 to 1,000 lbs lighter.
This fact is not any more of a determining factor because all vehicles on the market both battery-powered and gasoline-powered all share the same damage to the environment with the production of their vehicles.
Materials used are the basics of all vehicles.
We will do pros and cons for the lithium batteries in this section.
- High energy density
- Low self-discharge rate
- Low/No active maintenance required
- Not a lighter vehicle
- Protection required (over and under charging)
- Poor ageing characteristics
- Can only be transported via ground
- More Costly
- Slow in Developing technology
Pros & Cons With Engine Components.
This section is where Tesla can make some points up in the How Eco Friendly Is Tesla section.
Being completely ran off batteries the vehicles don’t actually admit any emissions from them.
They do not have gas tanks, oil, radiator coolants, and all the other normal fluids used in a combustible engine.
Now granted all vehicles will inevitably have issues and they will break down on you at some.
The bad part with Tesla is not every mechanic in your area is certified to even work on them.
This can make the mechanic bill grow to a larger number.
If you had to buy a new battery for a Model 3, the base would cost around $6,500 (on the low end).
The extended-range battery would come close to $10k. That’s not great for the pocketbook, is it?
Mechanics will be hard to find that are actually certified to work on them they will be expensive.
Your insurance price will likely be steeper.
The average cost of car insurance for a Tesla is $4,539 per year, based on our research done by valuepenguin.com.
- No oil changes
- No gasoline require
- Have to us certified Tesla mechanic
- Replacement batteries are expensive to replace.
- Insurance can be expensive
- Tires and steering components wear out quicker.
- Replacement parts can be more expensive
Pros & Cons With Reconditioning.
The reconditioning aspect of owning a Tesla or wanting to own a Tesla gets a huge ding in our opinion.
Tesla’s are made to be one owner vehicles.
If you happen to get in a wreck and it’s to the point the vehicle is totaled it’s likely not going to be reused for parts for other Tesla that are wrecked.
If you do not know you can buy a salvage vehicle for parts for other vehicles that might have more minor repairs needed.
This is great for DIY people will the skills and willingness to recondition two wrecked vehicles into one functioning vehicle.
This is what a guy on YouTube by the name of Rich Rebuilds tried to do. Rich couldn’t afford a brand new Tesla.
The decision to buy a salvage one struck his mind. He went through the process of rebuilding it to be a fully functioning vehicle.
Rebuilding his first Tesla with no help from Tesla.
The only problem with his first build was the vehicle didn’t have a key.
After he completed repairing a Tesla to reuse he tried calling Tesla.
They wouldn’t even give him a key!
The only hope of getting his new hand repaired Tesla on the road was to get the address out of the navigation unit for the previous owner.
If you’re interested in seeing his journey with the problems of reconditioning a Tesla and the troubles Tesla customer service gives him you can search his YouTube channel by clicking here.
- Expensive to rebuild or salvage Teslas yourself
- Not good for DIY fixers
- Customer Service not likely to be that helpful
- Can not find parts at local auto part stores
- Totalled Teslas are super expensive to purchase
The answer the question of how Eco friendly Is Tesla this is what we found.
In my opinion, they do offer a lot of things that would be appealing to an Eco-friendly lifestyle I don’t think they offer enough of an incentive to make that big of a difference.
The bad cancels out the good in almost every category.
You can get all the same as they offer from other car manufacturing companies on the market today minus the headache of dealing with Tesla customer service that will likely not have an answer you will like.
Their cars have to be fixed by a certified mechanic, the parts are more expensive, insurance is more expensive, they use all the same materials as other vehicles minus their huge battery banks that are just as much of a determining to the environment.
What do you think? Leave us a comment below to continue the conversation!
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