Finnish Tesla Taxi Driver Has Covered Over 250,000 Miles / 400,000 Km In Model S

In the scheme of things, the Tesla Model S is still a new vehicle and hasn’t been on the market long enough to determine its long-term reliability. However, one Model S owner from Finland has discovered that his Model S is exceptionally reliable.

Taxi driver Ari Nyyssösestä has driven his Model S more than 250,000 miles (400,000 km) in the past three years and hasn’t had any major issues with the car.

Talking to local publication Helsingin Sanomat, Nyyssösestä said the only piece expensive work done to the car was to repair to the battery but apart from that, he says it hasn’t missed a beat.

According to Professor Juha Pyrhönen, the reliability experienced by Nyyssösestä isn’t surprising considering how durable high-quality electric motors can be.

“As a matter of fact, the durability of electric motors is quite different from internal combustion engines in known cases. In [the EV] industry, electric motors typically rotate at least 100,000 hours. In that time, the car should reach up to 10 million kilometres,” Pyrhönen said in an email.

At the launch of the Model 3 last month, Elon Musk shocked many by saying the powertrain of the entry-level Tesla only needs to be serviced every million miles. Perhaps he was right.

H/T to Kim!


  • Arthur Burnside

    Hey , it’s an electric motor stupid. Have you ever serviced the electric motor in your refridgerator? What the sleazy MrMusk DIDN’T say was that their car has brakes, lights, etc just like any gas powered car and those things need to be serviced every few months and it ain’t cheap. Lesson : believe nothing that comes out of Elon Musk’s mouth.

    • Ali ALAMI

      “Powertrain” does not involve brakes, tires, lights…
      Look what you don’t need to to do for an electric car : oil change, spark plugs, timing belt, alternator, air filter, exhaust, catalyser, O2 sensor, air flow meter, radiator, thermostat… and after 300K miles (or less) you can add : head gasket, piston rings, rod bearing, and so on…

      • Big Black Duck

        its a sad world when you have to explain the obvious because a person cannot figure out an exponential thought process…. you might have to explain to Arthur how wind shield washer fluid can run tires can wear out and being in an accident means you might have to replace damaged parts….sad indeed

      • Eunos

        If you need to service all these things on your car, you must’ve bought one real shitty lemon.

        • Ali ALAMI

          We are talking 250k+ miles cars. So even a bulletproof W124 mercedes will have to go through at least 90% of what I said

          • Eunos

            No, that’s not true. I used to have Skoda Octavia 1.9 tdi which I drove from new to 490 000 km, for that I only had done oil and filter changes every 10 000 km, and 2 times timing belt. For that amount of mileage I never even changed the glow plugs or thermostat. The car also had its original clutch. I had changed the radiator only because I hit a dog and it got damaged. This particular car is still driving around and it’s well over 650 000 km now.

          • Ali ALAMI

            Ah ok, so if your car managed to be exceptionnaly reliable, then all gas powered cars are? Come on… juste check around you how many stuff need to be changed.
            Look it’s simple : Electric motor : 1 moving part. Gas engine : 200+ moving parts. End of discussion. More parts moving = more risks for failure.

          • Eunos

            No they are not, but if you know what models to buy you can easily go past half a million kilometres without any problems. My current car is newer model Octavia 1.6 tdi it is now past 330 000 km and I have had 0 problems. My father has Superb 3.6 petrol which is now 495 000 km and had 0 problems. I don’t care how much moving parts it has, electric cars are far less convenient as of now.

          • Ali ALAMI

            I’m not saying electric cars are better, my point is “less maintenance needed” (except for brakes, tires, suspension…). If you can’t understand that gas cars have more parts that can fail, I can’t go further. And you should not just look to your 3 cars. Look around. Because if I follow your logic then you can say as well “I have never had to go the hospital. Then it’s not needed, human body is reliable, look at my family, we never been there”

          • Ali ALAMI

            By the way, I love both electric cars and gas cars. I own an E30 325i and a Lotus Elise S1, and no electric cars. Therefore I’m not a lobbyist, just having some common sense.

          • Shane

            As a person who loves muscle cars that chug gas like an alcoholic does beer, I think the future is in everyone owning electric powered cars and gas/petrol cars for the weekend and track. Even with the most driving I do a day running all over Houston it is never more than 100 miles a day. If I had an electric car and some solar panels they would easily pay for each other. I could never live in a world without race cars though.

          • Shane

            Also I think people will get to this point once they see all the benefits. No need for the government to force it like you see the Europeans doing in some countries. No need to say “by 2050 we will no longer sell petrol cars”, by then the rest of technology should catch up and people will make the decision for themselves.


      • Infinite1

        Apparently, and brakes are too.

    • XtremWize

      LED brake lights are forever …

  • mike ev driver NJ

    Nice to hear as I own a 2016 model S 75D. However the article mentioned a battery repair with no further explanation? The battery is the most expensive part of the car. Did Tesla fix the battery under warranty? Tesla does have a 8 year unlimited mile warranty on the powertrain so one would assume it was covered. For the writer to just skip over these details is strange? Battery failure in a EV is the same as engine failure in a ICE car. So if the battery failed the car is not very reliable.

    • kello3000

      Hi, there’s a link in the original article to a more in depth interview.

      There the driver explains that the battery was sent for repair to the Netherlands, during which time he was given a spare one. The problem with the battery was that it showed a 60km range when empty, and would not charge. The driver also says the motor was changed due to a whining noise.

      Both repairs were covered by warranty.

      According to Nyyssönen the performance is still on par with a new vehicle. The range has fallen from 400km to 370km. The biggest challenge he faces is a lack of charging stations.

      Ps. The name of the driver is Nyyssönen, Nyyssösestä is the elative [grammar] form 😉

      • pureworx

        so the battery was replaced with a new one and the motor was too.. so hasn’t really covered 250,000 miles really.

        • kello3000

          As stated battery was not replaced.

          Motor was, albeit the apparently quite common whine does not affect the cars functionality.

      • mike ev driver NJ

        Thank you for the added details. Here in New Jersey there are fare amount of super charger coverage with a few holes in the network like no SC in Philadelphia, pa a major city in the north east. However Philadelphia is scheduled to get a new SC location in the inner city, which is a new strategy for Tesla as SC prior were installed on highway routes and to be used for interstate travel. Many model 3’s are being sold to people living in cities where home chargers are difficult to install so we will see more of these very large mega SC locations being built to support the new 3’s

  • nicolas pierre

    “Powertrain” does not involve brakes, tires, lights… Look what you don’t need to to do for an electric car : oil change, spark plugs, timing belt, alternator, air filter, exhaust, catalyser, O2 sensor, air flow meter, radiator, thermostat… and after 300K miles (or less) you can add : head gasket, piston rings, rod bearing, and so on…

    • andy

      Acutally, this car has a pretty big radiator.

      • Status

        I was going to add that to the above post. Some batteries, like that in the Volt, are liquid cooled and therefore need a radiator to cool the battery pack. Conversely, a radiator can also dispel cold air in the winter and aid the battery in warming up. Others EV’s are actively air cooled and others are passively cooled like the Leaf. Depending on the battery chemistry and configuration, there may or may not a need for a radiator.

  • Tarmo Riisenberg

    If you will read this article (, the picture is a lot different: failed power steering, one engine has been changed, the battery needed transporting to Holland for repairs (he got temporary battery). Use Google Translate, you will get the point.
    And the name of the driver is Ari Nyyssönen. Not Nyyssösestä.

  • andy

    So they replaced the motor, the battery but other than that, all good…. very reliable indeed… wait until that lemon runs out of warranty.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    “Perhaps he was right.”

    Yeah, I would think he knows a little bit about it.