Tesla released a new report showing that its solar power output is more than twice the power consumed by the entire fleet of vehicles it has sold to date.
Tesla’s Positive Environmental Impact
According to Tesla’s first “impact report”, which it released this week [PDF], the cumulative power production of its solar installations is more than double the entire power consumption needs of the entire fleet of electric vehicles Tesla has sold to date.
Tesla’s 3.5 Gigawatts of solar installations have produced more than 13 Terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity over their lifetime thus far, while the total energy use of all of the vehicles it has delivered has been about 5.26 TWh cumulatively.
With an anticipated useful life of around 35+ years, Tesla’s current solar installations are expected to generate 86.5 TWh of energy, which Tesla points out is enough energy to power Washington, DC for 10 years.
The report also states that the more than half a million electric vehicles that Tesla has delivered to date have driven more than 10 billion miles and that its SuperCharger network has provided more than 595 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy for drivers. This about the same as 75 million gallons of gasoline—gasoline that would have pumped just over 680,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide when burned into the atmosphere. Overall, Tesla says that their vehicles have prevented over 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions to date.
According to the World Health Organization, greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide, both a by-product of burning gasoline, cause more than 7 million premature deaths every year worldwide.