Prices have been coming down lately.
Tesla has a decidedly different business plan than other automakers with regard to sales. It sells its cars directly – you can order one via the company’s website or at any of its galleries and company-owned showrooms.
Unfortunately for Tesla buyers, the company's one-time federal tax credit granted to EV buyers expired at the end of 2019. Here’s what you’ll have to pay to get behind the wheel of all present and future Tesla models, including the Model S, Model X, Model 3, Model Y, upcoming Cybertruck, future Roadster, and Semi, though be aware that the company tweaks its pricing from time to time.
Though Tesla wasn’t the first automaker to build an electric car, it did something no other company could achieve – it made them cool. Fronted by renegade founder and CEO Elon Musk, the company burst onto the scene with its first electric car, the Roadster, for the 2008 model year. Essentially an electrified version of the Lotus Elise, it delivered uncanny performance to go along with its low-slung exotic-car styling, and what then seemed like an improbable 220-mile range on a charge.
Though that was a niche model, Tesla’s next electric car, the Model S quickly became a status symbol among upscale suburbanites for its emissions-free performance and it’s decidedly high tech-nature. The company followed up with the Model X sport-utility vehicle, and the reasonably affordable – not to mention highly successful – Model 3 compact sedan. It’s latest EV, the Model Y crossover sport-utility vehicle, was introduced in early 2020. Coming models include a reborn version of the Roadster and the wildly styled Cybertruck electric pickup.
The company also maintains a proprietary high-speed charging network to serve its owner body, with 1,870 Supercharger stations and 16,585 charging units currently in place across the globe.
Tesla Cost FAQs
How Much Is The Cheapest Tesla car?
The Tesla Model 3 is the cheapest Tesla for 2020, with a purchase price of just $37,990 and a driving range of 250 miles.
What Is The Most Expensive Tesla?
The new Tesla Roadster, when it goes on sale, will be the most expensive new Tesla with an estimated purchase price of around $200,000. Currently, though, the Model X Performance is the most expensive Tesla on sale, with a purchase price of $99,990.
How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Tesla?
According to Edmunds, the national average for the cost of electricity (as of 2019) is 12.7 cents. But that number varies wildly from state to state, as well as region, and even time of day. Edmunds notes that charging a 2018 Tesla Model 3 in Southern California, with a rate of 26 kWh per 100 miles, could cost just $1.56 for 50 miles of range at the most affordable time of day. But those rates are entirely inconsistent.
Are Tesla's Expensive To Maintain?
Tesla maintenance costs are relatively low. Total five-year cost is approximately $1,490, including things like tire rotation, A/C replacement, and full service with brake flush over that period of time. Dividing the total cost by five indicates that people might spend about $298 per year on average to maintain their Teslas. These costs can also be different by model – a Tesla Model 3 maintenance plan cost might be less than a Model S, for example.