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Raleel

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was just looking at my car (tesla model 3) and deciding if it was worth it to save myself a bit of headache and get a new charger. it's been stopping charging until I re-plug it back it for some reason.

Anyhow, a little math
  • functionally no maintenance. I think i've replaced wiper fluid
  • 43786 miles
  • mixed city and highway
  • i drive 25 miles round trip to work, which is a mix of city and lower speed (<65) highway
  • power is $0.0717/kwh
  • gas has averaged $3/gallon since i've owned the car
  • i would have spent $3753.09 in gas
  • If I charge exclusively at home (the vast majority of the power) it would have been $781.72
  • I've charged on the road for a couple hundred dollars worth
  • the difference there works out to be about 2 car payments a year.
  • new charger is $275, or i can upgrade to a fixed one at home for $500
 

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Wait. There's a lot of push the improve the charging capacity in the US to push gas out as a fuel source. I think incentives will be coming to help do with that so unless this is a need I would consider waiting to see what comes in the infrastructure packages and beyond.
 

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Oh, i have the tesla. no waiting for me :smile: however, the infrastructure is improving. there are a lot. more options than there were even 3 years ago.
 

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I think I'd buy the charger. Neither $275 or even $500 is much in terms of car repair and maintenance and I'd pay either just for the lack of headache in your case.
 
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