‘I don’t know how I’m going to sleep tonight,’ Tesla driver jokes after getting absurd charging bill for last 12 months

People are shocked by the electricity expenses required to power a Tesla for an entire year. Despite the significant upfront cost of Tesla vehicles, the ongoing operational charges could discourage potential buyers.

While electric cars are gaining traction, the escalating electricity prices might cause some consumers to reconsider.

Recently, on X (formerly known as Twitter), an individual shared their electric bill after a year of owning a Tesla – and the amount was truly surprising. The person sarcastically captioned the post: “First time I’ve received a bill in the past 12 months. ‘This sucks.’” This sarcastic remark reflected their astonishment upon discovering that their electricity bill totaled just $2.37 (£1.89) for the entire year.

But how is this feasible? Upon closer examination, it’s evident that the process remains rather costly. The individual’s cover photo showcased a Tesla Powerwall, a large battery that integrates with the home’s power system and is beneficial if solar panels are installed. This configuration enables surplus solar energy to charge the Powerwall, subsequently powering the car. However, Powerwalls come with a substantial price tag, ranging from $11,500 (£9,000) to $15,000 (£11,800).

For those intending to keep their Tesla for an extended period, this expenditure may be deemed justifiable to some extent, potentially proving cost-effective in the long haul. Nevertheless, not everyone possesses the financial means to make such an investment.

In response to the Tesla owner’s sardonic post, commenters joked about initiating a GoFundMe campaign to aid him. Others expressed mock sympathy for his predicament. Tesla once again grabbed attention this year with the introduction of their latest innovation: the Cybertruck.