Savings and Savings

A recent blog by Barry Kresch, of the EV Club of Connecticut, had this catchy headline: “Tesla Police Vehicle Saves Westport Tens of Thousands of Dollars.” Big Oil doesn’t want to read this story! According to a detailed analysis, the Tesla Model 3 not only saved “tens of thousands of dollars,” it also saved 23.5 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Savings and Savings equals Win Win!
Some of the other positives Barry shared in his blog include these seven:
  • The police gave us some very positive feedback… This included how its performance enables it to catch up to a speeding vehicle in less time than a gas-powered patrol car, reducing the danger to other motorists, pedestrians, and the police themselves.
  • While EVs are typically more expensive to acquire than a comparable conventional, or ICE (internal combustion engine) car, the total cost of ownership, which factors in fuel and maintenance, is often lower.
  • The new headline is that the payback happens in year one. By year four, there are enough savings to buy a new Tesla.
  • This Model 3 was the long-range, all-wheel drive, performance version.
  • The biggest single item in the customization is the license plate reader, and it is here that there was a savings of $10,000 due to taking advantage of the technology native to the Tesla.
  • The police have remarked that they were pleasantly surprised that the tires are holding up better on the Tesla, which they attribute to a superior suspension.
  • The documented service life of the Ford Explorer is four years. Based on what the police have seen to date, they are planning for a six-year service life for the Model 3.

Barry posted an excellent blog, and you really need to read the full story here, since it includes extensive graphs and charts.