Anton Wahlmar endorses 2019 RAV4 hybrid over Model 3

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by bwilson4web, Nov 23, 2018.

  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web Well-Known Member Subscriber


    The most significant car arriving in 2019 may just be Toyota’s new all-wheel drive SUV, which has been rated at 39 MPG.

    At 39 MPG and today’s nationwide fuel price of $2.61, that’s $67 to drive the U.S. monthly average of 1,000 miles.

    Guess what else is $67 per month? Driving a Tesla Model 3 while fueling it at the Tesla Supercharger ($0.26 per kWh in California).

    He uses an 'Apples and Oranges' for California cost of electricity, $0.25/kWh, versus USA cost of gasoline, $2.61/gal. It turns out the USA average electric rate is $0.12/kWh and California gas $3.65/gal.


    . . . on the fuel-economy side of the equation, Toyota estimates that the fuel economy numbers for the 2019 RAV4 Hybrid will be 41 mpg around town and 37 on the highway, and 39 mpg combined.

    Expect to see more of this in the future. But these are familiar numbers to this owner of a 2014 BMW i3-REx:
    • 29 kWh/100 mi
    • 2.6 gal/100 mi (39 MPG)
    So lets start with the Model 3 long range vs. 2019 RAV4 hybrid:
    • 26 kWh/100 mi - Model 3 LR
    • 2.6 gal/100 mi - expected 2019 RAV4 hybrid
    Cost parity between electric and gas miles can be calculated:

    X - $/kWh
    Y - $/gal

    X * 26 = Y * 2.6 :: Parity

    X * (26/2.6) = Y
    X * 10 = Y :: parity cost of gasoline as a function of electric rate $/kWh

    X = (2.6/26) * Y
    X = 0.1 * Y
    Y * 0.1 = X :: parity cost of electricity as a function of gas cost​

    Bob Wilson
  2. Domenick

    Domenick Administrator Staff Member

    Personally, if I see this guy's name attached to an article, I just keep on going. The things of his I did read years back were fantastically wrong, and it looks like not much has changed.
    bwilson4web likes this.
  3. Jimmy Truong

    Jimmy Truong Member

    Hybrid is so 10 years ago...move on!

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