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Survey: Tesla as primary car?

Olle

Member
Jul 17, 2013
802
418
Orlando, FL
I have read a lot of anti Tesla articles and comments saying that "all" Model S owners have a fossil car as primary car and use the Model S as either a toy or a city hum about. The fossil car is then supposedly used for most out of town driving and for all important driving. But when I meet Tesla owners in real life it seems the Model S is often the primary car, even used for road trips. This is true in my case too and now I am confused. So I created a little survey:

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Tesla as primary car Survey
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PS. for Roadsters I can understand if it is not the primary, I am referring to Model S only in this poll

Update Aug 25th 10AM: Survey now closed, it was only open for one day. We got 100 answers first day and from the first 100 it was 100% Tesla as primary! from the text responses that came in after I can see two who have ICE as primary. So it seems around 98% Tesla primary car.
 
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Skotty

2014 S P85 | 2020 3 P19"
Jun 27, 2013
2,528
1,963
Kansas City, MO
I'm pretty confident that a majority of Model S cars are primary cars. Why wouldn't they be? I will be buying a Tesla in the next year or so, and it will be my primary car.

The only catch is areas that do not have good supercharger coverage yet, but supercharger coverage improves every day.
 

jerry33

(S85-3/2/13 traded in) X LR: F2611##-3/27/20
Supporting Member
Mar 8, 2012
20,010
24,737
Texas
Generally, those who think the Tesla is not a primary car have never had one. However, many Tesla owners have kept their ICE as a backup only to sell it within about six months of ownership because they found they just never drove it. The exception is those with a minivan or some such where they sometimes need three full rows of seats or towing ability.
 

StaceyS

Member
Jul 10, 2015
210
51
Bend, OR United States
There are 5 superchargers "near" us, the closest is about 80 miles away, the furthest is 212. Most of our annual driving is long distance. I'll probably end up doing close to 600 miles this week.

The Model S is our primary car. (Our "back-up" is a rusted, dented 1980 BMW 320i with over 200,000 miles on the clock...)
 

AlanSqB

Dog Chauffeur
Mar 20, 2015
673
1,038
Gig Harbor, WA
Future model S owner who is keeping our ICE SUV for the sole purpose of taking 3 large dogs places like the dog park. We have already started referring to it as "the dog carrier."
 

glhs272

Unnamed plug faced villian
Aug 21, 2013
911
580
Burlington, WI
Generally, those who think the Tesla is not a primary car have never had one. However, many Tesla owners have kept their ICE as a backup only to sell it within about six months of ownership because they found they just never drove it. The exception is those with a minivan or some such where they sometimes need three full rows of seats or towing ability.

I was one of those who stupidly kept the ICE car. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Sold it quickly after getting the S. Should have put those dollars into getting a better S.
 

MikeC

Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Jul 9, 2012
2,970
6,229
Los Angeles
I really cannot imagine what car would supplant a Model S as a primary car. It's the best all-around car on the market and is pretty much the lowest cost to drive.

I kept my ICE for a year but literally did not drive it once after getting my Model S.
 

JohnSnowNW

Active Member
Feb 13, 2015
2,654
2,945
Minnesota
I feel this should have been posted to be open to the Model X too. I don't have an S, but our Model X is being purchased specifically as our DD. It will also be the one we take on long trips. We will have an ICE car as well, but only because we can't currently afford two Tesla's, but need room for the kids.
 

ChadS

Last tank of gas: March 2009
Jul 16, 2009
3,365
2,780
Redmond, WA
A Tesla has been our primary car since we got the Roadster in 2009. We have not had a gas car since then, and never plan to have one again.
 

mitch672

Active Member
Jul 1, 2012
1,861
15
Stoughton, MA
I only have the Model S now.. had an old 1994 Suburban with a Fisher snowplow on it, but I'm moving to a condo, so no need to own my own snowplow any longer... sold it before last winter. I do miss the trailer hitch.. eventually I'll trade up to Model X, assuming it has trailering capability. Not willing to be an "early adopter" for the Model X though, so late 2016/early 2017 is fine for me.
 

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

Well-Known Member
Jul 12, 2012
10,921
8,615
Maine
The National Travel survey says that for the average household trips over 100 miles (trip is one way, I believe) are 1% of trips, but 11% of household miles. So, for Tesla owners I'd expect the normal answer would be *Quizzical look* "Of course."
 

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