What is bad about Tesla cars?

Here are 14 things I uncovered while researching what is bad about Tesla cars (notice, some of these items could also be attributed to all electric vehicles):

1. There is Nothing “Green” About Them

Tesla’s (and most EVs in that class) have battery packs that are made up of thousands of batteries (the kind you would use in your electronic devices). While the average consumer requires a handful of batteries to power up their electronics every blue moon, Tesla drivers are consuming thousands (Tesla Model S 85 kwh has over 7000 battery cells) which have to be replaced at some point. There is a reason why we can’t just dump our batteries in the trash! THEY ARE TERRIBLE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Now imagine dumping over 7000 batteries all at once. The environmental damage from battery manufacturing and disposal alone would make the environmentalist go nuts but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you live in the USA, most of your electricity comes from burning thick, black, über-polluting COAL! Even the super-charger stations are running mostly on the power from the grid which for the most part is generated by burning coal and natural gas.

COAL and Natural Gas provide almost 70% of all electricity in the USA (varies by state). Sure, they aren’t clean but they have something renewables don’t- RELIABILITY. They work day and night, when there is no sun, no wind, no ocean currents or terrible weather. My point is, Tesla’s or EV’s are not “green” - yes they may be more efficient than gasoline cars but not by a huge factor if everything is considered.

2. Horsepower and Torque is Based on How Much Juice They Have Left

Ever wonder why Tesla doesn’t advertise their horsepower and torque ratings? BECAUSE THEY VARY BASED ON THE BATTERY CHARGE LEVEL. A Tesla at 100% charge will be faster than a Tesla at a 50% charge or 25% charge. Imagine what that would be like with a gasoline car. Your cars’ advertised horsepower of 500HP goes down to 400HP when you have half of the gasoline left in the tank. THAT WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! Gasoline cars don’t lose power just because you don’t have a full tank of gasoline! Tesla’s, however, are just like glorified golf carts or those 12V RC toy cars for small children. We can all remember how those things used to take off like mad when fully charged and totally lagged and slowed down when they had barely any juice left. Yep - that’s a Tesla for ya! If you think that’s not bad enough- the batteries also degrade over time, which brings me to my next point…

3. Batteries Degrade Over Time, Decreasing its Range

Tesla’s decrease their range by almost 30% in 5 years or so due to battery degradation, as if “range anxiety” wasn’t already a deal-breaker to begin with. Yes, gasoline cars may loose some of their efficiency in terms of gallon/miles but generally their range is not affected over their lifetime. Whatever range you get with a Gasoline car from day 1 that’s typically what you get 10 or 20 years later (considering minimal maintenance). That is not true for Tesla’s (Or other EV’s).

4. They Blow Up or Burn Up When You “Accidentally” Crash Them

At least the tank filled with gasoline is safely tucked away at the rear of a gasoline car, while with Tesla’s the entire floor of the car is made up of the battery cells. You are basically riding on an inferno waiting to happen. Which begs the question - how much is your life and the lives of your friends and family worth to you?

5. Charging Can Take Forever

Are you willing to make visiting a rest area when taking longer trips into a picnic? Because you will be there for a while when the Tesla is getting charged, yes even with the superchargers - they take 20 minutes to charge to 50%, 40 minutes to charge to 80%, and 75 minutes to 100%. So much for “efficiency”. You are driving “THE FUTURE OF AUTOMOTIVE DREAM” and yet it totally sucks when it comes to saving that one thing we all don’t have much of and that one thing that matters most in life - TIME.

But even if you believe you are some type of immortal being who lives forever and doesn’t give a shit about your time on this earth, what if there is an emergency and your Tesla isn’t charged up? Tough luck! You are screwed! Better hit up your neighbors for their gasoline cars to get you where you need to be.

6. The Price

The cheapest Tesla as of September 2018 is a model 3 which costs about $57,000 plus tax with some reasonable options (such as Autopilot). At that price I can get an Audi S8, BMW or Mercedes Benz with better options and a better brand. The $7500 government incentive is something not everyone qualifies for and will soon be gone.

7. Charging Infrastructure Availability

Gotta figure out if supercharger stations are available in your area if you live in an apartment, if not how much will it cost to get one installed at your home? Not a big deal, I am sure but still, it is something Tesla owners have to consider that gasoline car owners do not have to worry about.

8. Service Center Availability

I heard someone who bought a Tesla in a country where they didn’t have a service center, was asked by Tesla to “ship” the vehicle to the US at a cost of close to $8000 for a $2500 fix. OUCH! Keep in mind, you can’t just drive to any of the hundred of thousands of car mechanic shops available to gasoline cars - for obvious reasons - nobody services electric vehicles! Those mechanics will probably laugh hard then tell you politely to leave.

9. Additional Weight to the Power Produced

Pound for pound, Gasoline is much more energy dense than batteries. Which means you are getting more energy out of a pound of gasoline than you are getting out of a pound of batteries. A gallon of gasoline weighs only 6.3 pounds yet provides about 36 KW/h of energy. A battery pack providing 36 kw/h of energy would weigh over 500 pounds and cost over $5000! This is one of the main reasons why in the early 1900’s, gasoline cars won over electric cars. This is also why there will never be planes (especially a passenger plane) that is battery powered! It would literally take tons of batteries to make even close to the power that kerosene provides and the additional weight added to the plane would not make it feasible nor economical to fly! Tesla’s weigh much more than their gasoline counterparts as a result of this power deficiency. You are basically shoving more batteries into the car’s chassis to make up for this power deficiency which adds more weight. More weight makes the car less agile, more likely to roll, skid or slip which makes Tesla’s more risky in car accidents.

Here is the famous American scientist/physicist Dr. Michio Kaku talking about this topic- “Why Batteries Are Primitive”.

10. Range Loss due to Cold Weather

How does that sound to all of you who live in colder climates? Again, cold weather may affect gasoline cars too, in that, the gasoline engine may need some help getting started but once the car is started its full power and range are available. Not so for Teslas!

11. No Way to Modify for Performance

When you buy a Tesla you are buying a pre-packaged product. Elon Musk basically decides FOR YOU what you should and should not have in that car. The only things you can modify are “aesthetic” things like carbon fiber stickers and painting your rims. There are NO PERFORMANCE PARTS for the Tesla only Performance Upgrades sold directly by Tesla that yields the company anywhere from $5000–$24000 in pure profit and you are still limited to the battery capacity and the motor performance!

12. No Way to Install a High-Drain Stereo System

Speaking of car modifications, installing a 5000 Watt – 10000 Watt (continuous) aftermarket high drain car stereo will be eating away at the total range of the car, that is if you somehow manage to tap the main battery without getting electrocuted! The smaller accessories battery doesn’t provide enough juice to drive a high drain car stereo. In ICE cars, the alternator usually provides enough juice to power high-drain systems (in some cases the alternator has to be replaced with a bigger one but the point is, you have the option with an ICE vehicle to solve the low voltage or low power problem fairly easily - not so in Teslas!).

13. Bankruptcy Risk

There is a reason why so many short-sellers are shorting the crap out of Tesla’s stock - countless electric (EV) companies have already died in vein! Fisker being the most famous one is barely alive and several companies you haven’t even heard of died miserably. There was an EV company lead by Shai Agassi who took $850M in VC money and DIED! (Source: Wikipedia)


The only person keeping the company afloat is Elon himself, but the moment he takes his eyes off the ball, that company is going to sink like the Titanic!

Think about what this means for all Tesla owners when Tesla goes bankrupt:

  • No more Super Charging Network
  • No more Parts or service if something goes wrong
  • No more Software Updates
  • No Tesla mobile app (and associated functions)
  • No battery pack replacement (slow death)
  • Disastrous value depreciation of the car
  • Warranty will be obviously voided

With ICE cars you can at least get your car serviced by an independent mechanic even if the manufacturer goes bankrupt (provided aftermarket parts exists)

14. Phantom/Vampire Drain

Ever left your battery powered electronics unattended for a few days without turning it on and noticed that somehow the battery is half-way drained? Well - that is called Physics - more specifically its called Vampire or Phantom drain. Electrons hate staying in one place - like inside a battery and all battery driven electronics, including, of course- Tesla cars are not exempt from this. According to my research, Tesla's loose some 5 miles per day in range (or about 2% charge) due to vampire drain. There is no cure for vampire drain.

Did I miss any other bad items about Tesla’s or EV’s in general? Let me know in the comments and I will update this answer.

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