Plenty of people are still on the fence about switching from gas-powered cars to EVs.
But if this Tesla owner’s experience is anything to go by, many more will be making the switch sooner rather than later.
X user @Tesla_GTownTX recently shared a screenshot of what he claims is the first time he’s had to actually pay a bill to charge his Tesla in a whole year.
That alone is staggering – but the total owed is what’s really left people shocked.
According to the screenshot, which shows an email received from Tesla, the balance due is just $2.37.
Like ourselves, you were probably expecting it to cost hundreds of dollars to charge an EV regularly over a month.
First time i’ve had a bill within the last 12 months. this sucks. pic.twitter.com/OSGdu1QbcN— RG (@Tesla_GTownTX) January 17, 2024
But a quick look at their X profile gives you a pretty big clue as to why they likely only paid a few dollars to charge their EV over the past year.
Their cover photo is of a Tesla Powerwall, which is essentially a massive battery you can buy and loop into your home’s power to store charge.
It’s at its most useful when paired with solar panels, to create a potentially self-sufficient power loop.
This not only means that the solar panels will power your home, they can also store excess charge in your Powerwall, which can then be used to keep your Tesla topped up when you plug it in.
While this sounds like a dream scenario, it requires a pretty high investment to set up, between the panels, the battery and the Tesla EV itself.
There are environmental factors to take into consideration, too.
@Tesla_GTownTX appears to be based in the Texas area, which normally gets lots of sunshine to bank plenty of power, but the ongoing cold snap will have slowed that right down.
“First time I’ve had a bill within the last 12 months. This sucks,” the X user jokingly captioned their post.
People were quick to respond with plenty of jokes, including a Tiger King meme, where Joe Exotic says: “I am never going to financially recover from this.”
“That’s horrible. My condolences,” one user replied.
“Damn my dude post a GoFund Me the community will rally around you I’m sure,” another joked.