YouTuber Gjeebs shares the many benefits of owning a Tesla Model Y and various ways to save on the cost of owning an EV.
May 26, 2023 as if 5:32pm ET
YouTuber Gjeebs shared a video showing the economic benefits of owning a Tesla Model Y. In his ownership review, he compares the Model Y to other gas and electric cars and explains why the Model Y stands out.
Gjeebs owns a Tesla Model Y Long Range that starts at $50,490, has an EPA-estimated range of 330 miles and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
He begins the video by noting that the Model Y is about the same price as the average passenger car in the US at $48,008. The standard Model Y starts at $47,490 with an EPA-estimated range of 279 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 5.0 seconds, which Gjeebs says is a bargain compared to similarly priced gas cars with low service and top-up fees.
SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 have a starting price between $45,000-$49,000 and cost more to service and refuel, he said. We checked these prices and found them to be accurate, except for the Audi Q5, which has a starting MSRP of $44,200 in the US.
Even the performance versions of the aforementioned cars cost more and aren’t as fast as the Model Y’s performance, Gjeebs said. What’s more, the Kia EV6, Mercedes-Benz EKB and Ford Mustang Mach-E have slightly higher starting MSRPs, so they don’t benefit from Tesla’s extensive charging network, Gjeebs says.
Gallery: 2021 Tesla Model Y
Although Ford announced yesterday that its electric vehicles will be able to use Tesla’s Supercharger network adaptively starting in 2024, the next generation of EVs will come with Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) built-in.
Next, Gjeebs talks about the Model Y charging experience. “Depending on where you live, you can optimize your charging habits for additional savings,” he said. To save time and effort, it’s best to charge overnight at home, Gjeebs says, plugging in the Model Y at night to take advantage of cheaper electricity prices.
Gjeebs covers many more features of the Model Y, including dog mode, how it works and how the service experience was. Check out his video above, and let us know in the comments if you agree with him. Could the Model Y really be a bargain?