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Do Teslas Take Gas?

Do Teslas Take Gas?

Believe it or not, there are people out there who are unfamiliar with Tesla Motors. There are people out there who have never heard of Elon Musk and his plan to take humans to space and put solar panels on the roof of every home. These people may ask questions that a lot of us may find kind of funny like, “do Teslas take gas?”

Instead of making fun of these people, we are just going to answer their question clearly and concisely: ehh…sort of.

There are no Teslas on the road today that run on gasoline. All Tesla models are all-electric vehicles (EVs) and not hybrid gas/electric cars. That being said, there are gases being used in Teslas such as the freon in the air conditioner. Several users on this form for Tesla owners complained that their insurance companies didn’t know what to do when they called to insure their new cars. After all, most cars have either 4, 6, or 8 cylinders and Teslas have none! This problem will most definitely subside once EVs become more and more ubiquitous.

Like all EVs, Teslas use an electric motor as opposed to an internal combustion engine (ICE). EVs contain battery packs that power the car’s electric motor. EVs do not contain the same parts you may find in an ICE such as an engine, fuel pump, or fuel tank. Because there is no gasoline being burned, there are no harmful emissions being given off when you drive an electric car.

The large battery pack that powers the motor of an EV can be charged by connecting to an external electrical power source. For an excellent, comprehensive comparison of the different levels of charging systems, please see this article from insideevs.com. 

As we mentioned yesterday, Tesla’s various vehicles are the best when considering range. While this is certainly a fantastic feature, it does mean that charging times can be longer for Teslas than for other brands. Tesla has and continues to develop new technologies to cut down on charging time. Perhaps one day we may be able to charge our EVs in as little of time as it takes to fill up a gas-powered car.

As a goof I tried searching the Interwebs for “what happens when you put gas in a Tesla?” I think this answer on Quora.com from California resident and Tesla Model S owner Muralasa Murasaki takes the cake:

“This is what a Tesla charge port looks like:”

“A gas nozzle won’t fit in there. If someone were to try, the gas will just dribble and get the area sticky, stinky, and slimy on the outside. Gas won’t get into the inside of the car by mistake. Even if gas does get inside the car, it’ll still mostly just be sticky, stinky, and slimy.”

There you have it folks, don’t even try it!

Do any of our readers have a story to tell about being asked if their Tesla takes gas? How did you handle this situation? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.