Tesla CEO Elon Musk laid “a hardcore smack down” on gasoline cars when he unveiled the company’s next generation Roadster, that’s capable of vertigo-inducing 0-60mph blasts in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of over 250mph. Along with record-setting performance figures also comes a record-setting price tag for Tesla.
At $200,000 for the standard “base”version of the Roadster, or $250,000 for a limited edition Founders Series, the cost is significantly lower than its nearest gas-burning counterpart like the Porsche 918 Spyder, Bugatti Chiron, or La Ferrari. Still, a new Tesla Roadster isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
Ben Sullins of Teslanomics and winner of a free Founder Series Roadster decided to do a fun breakdown on what it might cost each month to own the electric beast. Taking into account “hidden costs” related to home charging, vehicle accessories like protective wrap, tax and registration fees, and interest from financing, Sullins was able to compute a “true cost” for the Tesla Roadster, which pushes closer to a $300,000 price tag (assuming a Founder Series).
The cost for a Tesla Roadster could be north of $4,000 each month over 5 years, according to Sullins. Watch as Teslanomics explains how this figure was derived by itemizing each cost.