Each truckload of Tesla removes the need for one truckload of fuel delivered to a gas station, wrote reddit user shanereaves.
Shanereaves explained his thoughts further. He added “Now this doesn’t mean completely… Due to not all delivered vehicles using the same station,but picture this. According to statistics the average American buys 656 gallons of fuel every year. A tanker carries 9000 gallons of gasoline.
Each Tesla carrier hauls 9 vehicles. So for every car carrier of Teslas that almost equates to one less semi of fuel delivered throughout the country.
Based on almost a thousand Teslas being manufactured daily meaning around 100 car carriers leaving the factory, THAT EQUATES TO ABOUT 100 SEMIS OF FUEL NOT NEEDED IN THE US EVERY SINGLE DAY.?????”
It is indeed a ‘picture’ that can stun anyone. Now think of the effect it will have on companies that sell hundreds of thousands of gallons everyday – not a pretty picture to look at.
Let us try and build on Shanereaves’ thoughts.
According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Americans consumed about 142.85 billion gallons of gasoline in 2017, an average of about 391.40 million gallons every day. In 2013, there were 212 million licensed drivers in United States, which grew to 222 million by 2016.
“The average driver buys about 11 gallons of gas a week, which means they’ll spend $1,400 at the pump this year, down from $1,950 in 2014.
The most expensive year for drivers was 2012, when they shelled out $2,100.” – CNN December 2016
If we divide 2017 US gasoline consumption of 142.85 billion gallons by 222 million drivers, the average annual consumption per driver is 643 gallons or 1.76 gallons per driver per day. Average gasoline price was $2.42 in 2017, which means on average american drivers spent nearly $1,556 at the pump in 2017.
Using 2017 average US consumption figures
Every truckload of Tesla cars (9 Teslas) delivered, reduces annual gasoline consumption by 5,787 gallons.
“An American commercial car carrier typically fits between 5 and 9 cars, depending on the car size and trailer model.
Large trucks typically have capacities ranging from 5,500 to 11,600 US gallons”. – Wikipedia
Using Shanereaves’ words, for every two truckload of Teslas (18 cars) equates to atleast one less semi of fuel delivered throughout the country.
The numbers are staggering because Tesla has already delivered 200,000 cars in United States and current max production rate is closer to 7000 cars per week or 1000 cars per day. (Model S, X and 3).
Every additional 1000 cars Tesla delivers in United States will reduce annual gasoline consumption by 643,000 gallons.
With current gasoline price at $2.8, it’s a $1.8 million dollar hit. That’s the business that’s never coming back.
Note: The core idea of the article belongs to shanereaves. I just expanded it with some additional data points after he granted me permission to build on it.