Tesla owners drive significantly more miles per year than buyers of rival EVs, thanks to the superior range of Tesla vehicles, according to a new study from iSeeCars.
The range advantage translates to a Tesla ownership experience that's more similar to combustion vehicles — in terms of miles driven — than to other EVs, iSeeCars said.
Tesla still falls short of combustion cars for annual mileage in the U.S. market. And the study found that EVs, in general, would need to drive 440 miles on a single charge to match gasoline vehicles.
Adding 161 miles of range to the average 3-year-old electric car would increase its average range from 279 miles to 440 miles to match 3-year-old gasoline cars, which average 24.7 miles per gallon and have an average fuel tank capacity of 18 gallons.
Combustion vehicles in the study logged an average mileage of 12,758 per year, iSeeCars said, while the four Tesla models averaged just under 10,000 miles.
iSeeCars said it analyzed over 860,000 used vehicles from the 2020 model year to compare EVs and combustion vehicles over a three-year period.
"Tesla has come the closest to creating a combustion-like driving experience and owner experience," Karl Brauer, iSeeCars executive analyst, told Automotive News. Teslas go further on a single charge than rivals and the brand offers superior public charging compared to the EV competition, Brauer said.
Tesla's four models took the top four spots for annual mileage among 12 EVs considered in the study. As a group, the Teslas averaged just under 10,000 miles driven per year.