The cheapest Tesla is even cheaper for 2021, while the most expensive Tesla gets even pricier.
Unlike other automakers, Tesla sells its vehicles directly to consumers – you can order one via the company’s website or at any of its galleries and company-owned showrooms. That might allow the company to save some cash on logistics, with some cost savings passed on to the customer.
Unfortunately for Tesla buyers, the company's 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, and Model Y, as well as the upcoming Cybertruck and Semi and the future Roadster. That said, 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 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. Its 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 Standard Range Plus is the cheapest Tesla for 2021, with a purchase price of just $36,990 and an estimated driving range of 263 miles. That's $1,000 cheaper and 13 miles more than last year. Progress.
What Is The Most Expensive Tesla?
When it goes on sale, the new Tesla Roadster will be the most expensive model with an estimated purchase price of around $200,000. Currently, though, the 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+ is the most expensive vehicle the company sells, with a purchase price of $139,990. The Model S Plaid can hit 60 miles per hour in less than 2 seconds thanks to a tri-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain.
How Much Does It Cost To Charge A Tesla?
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the national average for the cost of electricity in 2020 was 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour. But that number varies wildly from state to state and even time of day. At that average, a full charge for the 60-kWh battery in the base Model 3 would cost about $7.68, a number that would be quite a bit higher at a public charging station or during peak electricity hours.
Are Teslas 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.