Tesla Model S Holds Value Better Than Any EV, Beats Regular Cars As Well

Tesla’s Model S might not be the perfect car for everyone, but it appears to do well when it comes to depreciation.
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A study made by Autolist has revealed that the Model S outperforms any electric vehicle on the market regarding devaluation, and some conventional cars are also surpassed by the electric car. According to the makers of this research, Tesla’ Model S has the lowest depreciation rate in the segment.

Considering its price and size, the Model S was compared to flagship sedans of traditional automakers, so it was placed head to head with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Lexus LS460, Porsche’s Panamera, the BMW 7 Series, Audi’s A8, and the Jaguar XJ.

The British sedan had the most pronounced depreciation from the pack, while the Lexus LS460 was the best-ranked car with an internal combustion engine. The Mercedes-Benz ranked higher than the Porsche Panamera, even though the two models evened out their differences when owners drove them for more than 60,000 miles.

It is important to note that all traditional sedans were very close to each other in the first 10,000 miles, and the difference in depreciation started to appear after they drove over 20,000 miles. So keep that in mind if you aspire to play with statistics and a luxury sedan.

At the same time, the Tesla Model S had a lower depreciation from the moment all the cars reached 10,000 miles. When the highest depreciating luxury saloon reached a 35% decline from list price and had driven 40,000 miles, the Tesla Model S was at 23% of its list price with the same number of miles on its odometer.

Eventually, the Model S reached the same level of depreciation between 60,000 and 70,000 miles, when the worst offender in depreciation was between 47 and 52 percent of its list price.

The other electric vehicles available on the market were not compared with the Tesla Model S per se, as the makers of the study preferred to compare their percentile drops in resale value.

The Toyota Corolla was best at holding its value from day one to 100,000 miles, while BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan Leaf lost the highest percentage of value as the odometer’s value increased.
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About the author: Sebastian Toma
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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