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Earning $$ while supercharging

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by dennis, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. dennis

    dennis P85D

    Jul 26, 2012
    Silicon Valley CA
    I was thinking that the time it takes to supercharge while on a road trip could be a negative for someone contemplating a Model S purchase, when I remembered that supercharging is FREE. So I decided to calculate an hourly wage rate for a supercharger attendant. :biggrin:

    While there are no really comparable cars to the Model S, I picked the BMW 550 and Mercedes E550 for comparison. With EPA ratings of 23/22 mpg highway, let's assume 20 mpg actual and $4.00/gal for premium unleaded. It took me 45 minutes to replenish the 160 rated/115 real miles between supercharger stations on I5 in CA.

    $.20/mi * 115 mi / .75 hr = $30.66/hr.

    Not a bad wage for surfing the web/eating lunch/using the bathroom!
  2. PureAmps

    PureAmps Model S P85 (#2817)

    Oct 22, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    At first I thought this thread was an offer to actually make money while I charge. :)

    But I like your thinking. Only correction I would make is that I pay for fuel with after tax money, so using a quick "gross up" calculator with standard FICA, 28% federal, and 8% state tax rates I get a pre-tax hourly pay of $54.40. That's a pretty good wage for doing nothing!
  3. Plug Me In

    Plug Me In Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Central Virginia
    Hmmm... I was just reading a thread about how much room is in the back of Model S for *ahem* "sleeping". I suppose that space could be put to use by an entrepreneur similar to those found at many truck stops.

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