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After turning over 120,000 miles on the odometer, Dante Richardson says his Model S is still running strong.
“I don’t know if it’s the software updates or some of the other changes that have occurred with the car, but I find myself increasingly enamored and happy with the car as time has passed,” says Richardson.
As a physician living in a rural area outside of Washington, D.C., Richardson said he commuted in his Tesla about 100 miles every day, five days a week for almost two years. He even embarked on a 1,000+ mile road trip after he bought the car in December 2012.
At the time, the limited charging stations made long distance travel challenging. Richardson’s 2012 trek from D.C. to Miami took more than a week. But now, with additional Superchargers in place, Richardson says he can make the same trip in 15 hours.
“It’s mind boggling how much things have changed,” says Richardson. “Never in my greatest imagination would I have thought that Tesla would have made this much progress with the Superchargers this quickly.”
While it should be noted that Richardson’s experience was posted on Tesla’s website – accompanied by the typical gushing comments – his 120K milestone is not to be overlooked. To date, few reports exist from battery electric owners with mileage this high.
And Richardson isn’t the only Model S owner well into six figures on the odometer. Last month, Mark (@mgmbeatle) posted a picture on Twitter of his Model S after it reached 130,000 miles.
For owners and experts that have pondered the potential life expectancy of the Model S, these examples are helpful illustrations. Previous studies have charted Model S battery lifespan to about 50,000 miles, but long-term expectancy has remained mostly unproven in the real world.
Two vital elements missing from Richardson’s story, however, was a listing of the maintenance and repairs for his Model S and his battery’s current capacity. Theoretically, his sedan should need little beyond tire replacement and alignments. But an actual accounting that included the cost of these items and an update on the battery would have offered a more complete long-term picture of the Model S.