Originally Posted by Rootus
Sounds like you've done a lot of research. What's the financial aspect look like? I assume it'll never really pay for itself, so the question would be how much do you have to pay to have the coolest toy on the block?
It'll never pay off in a strict financial sense compared to its gas equivalents, but in another sense it has no equivalents since the Tesla Model X remains vaporware at the moment. With the $7500 Federal tax credit, Washington State sales and use tax exemption (9.1% in Seattle iirc), and cheap per mile costs on the order of 2 cents it'll probably be more akin to a $35 or $40k gas SUV in overall costs.
My wife and I are ok with that level of outlay, and, most importantly, we are both psyched about the prospect. We will hang onto her Prius + my Zipcar membership for long trips, and only time will tell how much we rely on them as a crutch. I do know that when I didn't have a car of my own in 2008-2009 I used Zipcar for all of 22 hours in total over a 15 month period.