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Tesla S - Daily Driver or Second Car?

cinergi

Active Member
Sep 17, 2010
2,176
40
MA
My only car. Roadster was also my only car. Been driving exclusively EV for almost 3 years now. Never felt like I needed an ICE for anything.
 

spaghetti

Member
May 10, 2013
298
36
Silicon Valley
I am curious how many Tesla S drivers (any flavor) use as daily vehicle vs their weekend or second vehicle?

Thinking about downsizing from 3 (Porsche, Audi and SUV) vehicles to 2 (Tesla S and SUV).

Just curious how frequently others are using their Tesla's.

Daily vehicle?? Nah. More like hourly vehicle, since I am constantly finding excuses to drive it. :biggrin:
 

huntjo

Member
Aug 3, 2012
542
0
Fort Collins, Colorado
Daily driver and road trip car. My wife still has an ICE RAV 4 because she feels it is "too new" to get rid of yet. If she has to dive to Denver she takes the S a d I get stuck with the RAV 4 for my short commute. When I took bags of leaves and bundled sticks to the dump I borrowed my neighbor's pickup. When I drove 150 miles to the mountains through a blizzard over a narrow winding road with snowboards and two passengers, we took the S.
 

Btrflyl8e

Supporting Member
Mar 24, 2013
2,583
1,266
Seminole, Florida, United States
Weekend car for sure, and I also drive it to work 5 days a week. LOL.

I kept my other car that I loved, thinking I would drive it every so often. Until a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't give up driving the MS to work. So two Fridays ago I drove my Genesis Coupe. And it SUCKED. It was loud, seemed like work to drive, antiquated, and smelled weird (cheaper leather).

All day at work I was dreading going home as I'd have to drive the 20 miles in something that wasn't my Tesla.

Genesis Coupe for sale...
 

Six

Member
Mar 11, 2013
198
7
As with others I hate having to drive an ICE car now, drive my Tesla Model S all the time, 8000 miles in 3 months. Once you go electric you will never go back.

Weekend car for sure, and I also drive it to work 5 days a week. LOL.

I kept my other car that I loved, thinking I would drive it every so often. Until a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't give up driving the MS to work. So two Fridays ago I drove my Genesis Coupe. And it SUCKED. It was loud, seemed like work to drive, antiquated, and smelled weird (cheaper leather).

All day at work I was dreading going home as I'd have to drive the 20 miles in something that wasn't my Tesla.

Genesis Coupe for sale...
 

tomanik

Member
May 30, 2009
279
14
Canada
The Model S is the primary vehicle for the family, daily driver for myself to work, weekend driver, run to the corner store, the mail box :)

Sadly the Lexus sits in the garage, filling the necessities of a second car only.
 

Bugeater

Member
May 11, 2013
450
14
Silicon Valley
OK, just can't make it through the whole thread! So far I haven't seen even one response saying they use it as a weekend only car. I can't imagine driving anything but this car. Ok, I bought it for my wife. She drives it 2 - 4 days a week and I have to drive my Yukon on those days. Well, since it is HER car I ask every day she doesn't work if I could please drive the Model S? She usually lets me unless she is planning to drive any real distance that day. Since Dec. when we got it I only fill up my Yukon once a month instead of twice or more often as I did before. As for cost, well I just got my PG&E bill and it said I have over $100 credit for just this month from my solar panels! The Model S charges every night, starting at midnight. Is fully charged every morning. We have 3 cars. Yes, I still can't get rid of my 1965 Chevy Impala!!! But it sits in the back yard most of the time. We gave my wife's previous car to our son to drive to college in So Cal.
 

andrewket

Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2012
5,704
1,525
I drive the MS every day. We recently sold our minivan and replaced it with a Volt. We use the MS for hauling big stuff and when we have more than 4 ppl. The volt is used to transport the kids to school and activities. I don't remember the last time I was at a gas station.
 

StephenM

Active Member
Dec 23, 2012
1,192
93
Not a day goes by that my Model S isn't driven. Indeed, I still find myself volunteering to run errands at work and home 5 months after getting it. I never did that with the BMW.
 

ToddRLockwood

Active Member
Sep 11, 2012
1,317
74
Burlington, Vermont
My primary car! 8,000 miles since March. Total fuel cost: $360. Others include an Audi S6 wagon and a VW New Beetle. I've owned several Ferraris — most recently a 456GT 2+2. The Model S has the performance and looks of the 456GT combined with the utility of the Audi wagon. It's very unusual when your "fun car" is also your daily driver.
 

ken830

Model S 85, Model 3 Performance
Jun 19, 2012
1,111
365
San Carlos, CA
Not sure why this got so many replies. Isn't it obvious no one with a Model S would willingly drive an inferior car that costs more to run?

Actually I appreciate all of the replies. It seems as though almost half do have an ICE vehicle that they keep around or use for other things.

I am a) debating buying a Tesla S ; b) which cars should I unload (have 3) to do it

Thank you again for all of the replies.

Really? I read every post and I didn't get the same impression. All I see is people who have/drive an ICE as a last resort. So the answers:

a) Yes
b) All of them

:biggrin:
 

xradr

Member
Apr 12, 2013
18
0
SF Bay Area
daily driver, split with wife. Sux when i have to use the ICE. We have a 3rd car for snow in mountain trips (AWD subaru). That has gotten less than 1000 miles in 8 months. When TM comes out with AWD model S, will trade in P85 and sell subaru, to have just 2 cars.
 

Jason

Member
Feb 6, 2013
149
13
DFW, TX
Daily driver - with daily fights over who gets to drive. Have almost 20k since Jan.
Do have 3 other vehicles, but only drive them if forced to. Most times I will wait until wife returns just so I can drive the MS.
 

Vger

Active Member
Apr 10, 2009
1,781
209
Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
Our Model S is my wife's daily driver and our joint road trip car (12,000 miles since December.)

Our "second" car and my daily driver is our Roadster. It has done its share of road trips as well, but now with Superchargers, there is little to justify taking her any distance.

We still own a Ford Escape Hybrid but loaned it to a friend for the summer and fall, so have been very much enjoying an ICE-free season. Our only decision now is whether to keep the Ford until the rumoured Gen III AWD SUV comes out, or toss restraint to the wind and buy a Model X next year. :)
 

gg_got_a_tesla

Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913
Jan 29, 2010
6,533
769
Redwood Shores, CA
...Our only decision now is whether to keep the Ford until the rumoured Gen III AWD SUV comes out, or toss restraint to the wind and buy a Model X next year. :)

Then, you'd have RSX! (Wait, that's an Acura...)

How's that for a daily driver?! (courtesy PureAmps's tripography.com)

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Mike_Schlechter

Model S - P457
May 21, 2010
458
62
Weston, CT
My daily driver. I have about a 120 mile round trip for generally three days out of my week. The other two I train it in, work from home or an at a client.

We have a ski house in VT, a 180 mile trip door to door. Given the lack of charging infrastructure up the I 91 corridor we have only taken the Tesla when we would be up there for a while and had time to endure the 120 at the house or stop along the way at various public chargers. If there is a Supercharger near Brattleboro , VT come winter I expect the Model S will make regular trips as long as there isn't a lot of snow in th forecast.
 

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