WHAT ARE THE SAFETY CONCERNS SURROUNDING ELECTRIC CARS?
I’m happy that you’re a fellow manifester. I was compelled to send a LinkedIn request because I noticed that you’re trying to manifest a Tesla. I, too was obsessed with the notion of driving an electric vehicle, until it was made known to me that having the body close to a large battery is not good for our health.
This is a really interesting video where Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is introducing the new Model X. This was over two years ago … It was posted on February 9, 2012.
|Peter Cheney on day one of his journey in Torrey Pines State Park near La Jolla, California.
(Marian Cheney for The Globe and Mail)
Peter Cheney, a journalist with Canada’s Globe Drive (auto) section of the Globe and Mail is in the midst of a tour in a Model S from San Diego (my former home) to Whistler BC – one of my favorite places on the planet to ski and snowboard.
If you are interested in following Peter on his Tesla Model S journey from San Diego, California to Whistler, BC you can do so at Globe Drive.
Infinite Mile Warranty
The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. There is also no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period.
Moreover, the warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced. In hindsight, this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program. If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.
To investors in Tesla, I must acknowledge that this will have a moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term, as our warranty reserves will necessarily have to increase above current levels. This is amplified by the fact that we are doing so retroactively, not just for new customers. However, by doing the right thing for Tesla vehicle owners at this early stage of our company, I am confident that it will work out well in the long term.
After sharing some Tesla driving
stories, Mike admitted that he only drives the car 2-3 days a week because he wants to keep it in the best of condition. His power bill at home has increased about $30 a month since he bought the car – which is a small drop in the bucket compared to paying today’s gas prices.
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