On the Model S website Tesla say Then I read in one of the cost-comparison threads that the Model S requires mandatory maintenance once a year, and a price tag of 599 $ was mentioned as well. Now maybe I am missing the punchline, but if I have to pay around 460 Euro (at current USD/EUR exchange rates) every year for Tesla mandatory maintenance, compared to around 350 Euro every about three years for my ICE BMW, how is Model S maintenance "extremely advantageous"? Even taking the no-gasoline-needed fact into the equation, one still has to pay for the electricity, which is not cheap either: Model S: 0.25 Euro / kWh 60 kWh battery => 15 €uro / 60 kWh 230 miles = roughly 370 km => 0.04 Euro / km BMW 330 Cd Diesel: 1.45 Euro / litre 55 litre per filling => 80 Euro / 55 litre 850 km per filling => 0.09 Euro / km At 15,000 km per year that equates to 610 Euro in electricity vs. 1,410 Euro for Diesel. In other words, 800 Euro advantage for the Model S in fuel costs, but minus 460 Euro maintenance = 340 Euro advantage per year. And that is only true if I can squeeze out the whole 370 km out of each and every battery cycle which seems more than optimistic, or rather unrealistic. In realistic terms of usage, Model S and my current car seem to have very similar running costs - no extreme advantage for the Model S there. Which makes me a little sad, as I had high hopes that I could replace my car with Model S and at least save some money in running costs, as I already pay quite a premium for the right to drive an otherwise cool and great EV.