Second-hand Tesla can last for years
More than 13.000 Tesla models are driving around on the Dutch market, and you can also find them more often on the second-hand market. What can you expect from a 6-year-old Tesla?
Half the price
A new Tesla Model S costs about 79.200 euros, but on other platforms, hundreds of used cars with mileage readings from 70.000 up to 150.000 kilometers are being advertised for less than 35.000 euros. Thanks to the various updates – comparable to those of a smartphone – that Tesla cars regularly receive, these models are far from outdated.
You can recognize the first generation of a Tesla by the nose with the typical radiator grille. The latest generation has a closed bodywork and is also equipped with better seats. However, the six-year-old Tesla still drives like new: comfortable, powerful, and with excellent road holding. The aging of an electric car is not that bad, because it contains less mechanical technology and also less fluid-dependent parts. The most common wear and tear concern the brakes, suspension, and tires.
Critics of electric cars state that the batteries decrease in capacity after a few years, and replacing them is very expensive. Also, a newly developed type of battery, which is small and light, might not fit in every electric car, which can make the vehicle obsolete. This kind of fear doesn’t seem justified because battery technology is developing step by step.
Maarten Steinbuch, professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and connected to e-mobility platform e-Drivers.com, did extensive research into battery wear: “After almost 300.000 kilometers, 91 % of the battery capacity is still active. And beyond 550.000 kilometers, a distance that a car with an internal combustion engine seldom achieves, the battery has about 20% degradation. Active cooling of the battery significantly increases life expectancy,” Steinbuch adds.
Given the durability of the technology, a used EV is not a bad idea. Moreover, such motorization is also fiscally attractive in Belgium (road tax and registration tax). Unfortunately, second-hand buyers are not entitled to green premiums.