cockney steve wrote:^^^^^^ S-mug now, just wait until it's lease/drip ends and see how much it's really cost you.
The true cost per mile in depreciation of chassis and batteries is a lot greater than the headline "5 p a mile"
The BMW 2.8 Estate has just been re-insured (£188) thirsty, but I have less than £1K including parts "invested" in it....I travel in relative comfort, and have the smug-factor of knowing i'm amortising all that carbon it took to make all that tin,plastic, glass ,fabric etc. over yet another year, (21 coming up )
This is an important point, and one that has steered my decisions. I had an Audi that we sold after 14 years of use. It was a good car, if rather smoky at times. It passed its MOTs and I'd already "replaced" it a couple of times ready for it to expire.
When I was ready for a couple of other cars I was, in part, looking at running costs, but also looking ahead at future value. Technology is changing fast. It's very difficult to predict future value, but we can be fairly sure that EVs will become more common and desirable. We know that diesel is struggling.
To keep it simple, when buying, I decided to write off both the Leaf and the Model 3 over the life of their battery warranty and assume no future value. As they are cheap to to run and maintain this makes the calculation a lot easier. In the case of the Model 3, based on current usage, I'll use up the battery warranty in around 4 years (120,000 miles). That costs in nicely for me. The reality is that the current generation of batteries and cars are lasting far longer so it's reasonable to expect that the car will be good for many more miles.
Tesla have also increased the price of the cars (I assume this is based on exchange rate changes). That's been a benefit to me in the early months, but as I assume zero future value then anything the car is worth in 4 years is a bonus.
In reality, what's likely to happen is that we'll get another longish range EV to go alongside the Model 3 and will split the mileage across the two. I still fancy the Kona, but the Model Y will be out by then and VW have some nice cars on the way too. We'll need two longish range cars as the "kids" are entering the university years.
The Model 3 can go anywhere in the UK, and need shorter breaks than I do, on the superchargers so that will be our true long range car for a while yet.