First 5,000 Miles - 2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Tesla Model S: First 5,000 Miles

June 18, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

We've officially driven our long-term 2013 Tesla Model S 5,000 miles since we purchased the electric sedan back in January.

Although 5,000 miles in six months is still far behind the mileage accumulation of the more conventional gasoline and diesel-powered cars and trucks in our fleet (the bulk of which we drive about 20,000 in 12-months), it's far ahead of previous EVs that have spent time in the Edmunds fleet. Other EVs have accumulated mileage at a much slower rate due to their more restrictive range capabilities. We drove our long-term Nissan Leaf, for example, only 3,500 miles during its six month test.

Although, we have driven the Model S to Las Vegas and back, and it was driven to L.A. from the Tesla factory in Fremont, CA, the Tesla spends most of its time driving around the city of Los Angeles and serving commuter duty. And that will continue, however, a few more road trips are being planned.

So far everyone exposed to the Tesla walks away impressed by the vehicle, and reliability has been very good. We've only had one problem. The large screen that makes up the Tesla's center stack called it quits early on. We had it replaced under warranty.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 5,009 miles


  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    The Model S seems like it would be a perfect LA commuter car. Especially because it qualifies for a White Clean Air Vehicle Sticker which permits single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes.

  • jim_in_nj_ jim_in_nj_ Posts:

    "Although 5,000 miles in six months is still far behind the mileage..." Hasn't it only been 5 months since you got your Model S? It would be six months if you had received your Model S on December 18th, 2012. Or is my math off on this?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    First post on this car was like February 21, so I don't know where he gets 6 months. Just another Scott Oldham post.

  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    Jim is right.

  • jim_in_nj_ jim_in_nj_ Posts:

    You're right guys. I just looked a the introduction post on Edmund's Model S Long Term test, and Mke Magrath wrote, "on February 19, we hopped a plane to Oakland to pick up our new car and test the Supercharger system on the way back." That means that when Scott Oldham posted this 5,000 mile/"six month" report, Edmunds actually had possession of their Model S for LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS. (Well, one day less than four months.... ). I'm not sure how four months gets inflated to 'six months'. But at the current rate of driving it looks like Edmunds will only end up with about 15,000 miles in a year, unless Elon builds out that Supercharger network fast, and Edmunds takes some long road trips.

  • mayhemm mayhemm Posts:

    But 5,000 is such a nice, round number! They had to bring it to our attention.

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