Tesla Owners Drive More Miles in Their First 3 Years Compared to Other Car Owners

The average Tesla owners drives 20,050 km per year when they first buy the vehicle.
Fabienne Lang
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New figures from a British motoring organization have uncovered that Tesla owners drive more miles on average in their first three years than other well-known car brands. 

The RAC Foundation analyzed the U.K. Ministry of Transport's data of 516,936 vehicles in the first three years of their lives on the road. It turns out that new Tesla electric vehicle owners are spending more time behind their wheels. 


More miles for Teslas

The RAC Foundation's study disclosed that over the first three years of their lives, Tesla owners drive 20,050 km (12,459 miles) on average per year. Mercedes owners are next up, with an average of 19,470 km (12,100 miles) annually, followed by Volvo drivers with 18,630 km (11,578 miles) per year. 

The study also focused on comparing fuel types, and ultimately electric vehicles cover more miles on average per year than petrol ones. On average, EVs cover 15,180 km (9,435 miles) every year of the first three years of ownership, compared with 12,050 km (7,490 miles) for petrol car owners. 

That said, diesel vehicles are still the highest mile guzzlers on a yearly average, with 20,110 km (12,496 miles) per year. 

Tesla Owners Drive More Miles in Their First 3 Years Compared to Other Car Owners
RAC Foundation data, Source: RAC Foundation

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation told AutoExpress "Unsurprisingly people with diesels have been doing most mileage, probably seeking better long-distance fuel economy, but this study is also evidence that battery-electric powered cars are not just trophy vehicles signaling their owners' green credentials but prior to the lockdown were racking up the miles as everyday transport."

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"Tens of millions of people still drive petrol and diesel-powered cars, but this data suggests that owners of electric cars have found them to be a practical proposition, running up the sort of big annual mileages that many of us need to do, challenging preconceptions about their range and the ease of recharging."

In terms of the EV community, the analysis is a positive one, and not just for EV aficionados — this is good news for the environment, too. Even though EVs are charged using fossil fuel electricity, they're still better for the environment

All in all, this is good news and shows that electric vehicles, in particular Teslas, are being used by high-mileage daily drivers. These miles would have otherwise been driven by conventional combustion engine vehicles.