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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|Artist rendering of the future Tesla Gigafactory|
Last week Tesla Motors delivered the first right hand drive Model S’s in Asia to eight owners at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Service, also unveiled Hong Kong’s first Superchargers, which allow Model S drivers to charge for free. Please see the YouTube video from Tesla Motors below – and excuse the music which has been getting roasted in the comments.
Founder of Tesla Motors, PayPal and SpaceX Elon Musk appeared on the Cobert Report last night with Stephen Colbert. Apparently Colbert in the past had doubted Elon could make an electric vehicle that people would buy – now he drives a Tesla Model S himself. Colbert said “it’s the best damn golf cart I’ve ever driven, but my golf club won’t let me take it on the links”.
(apologies, but apparently the YouTube video was taken down for copyright infringement).
Apparently yesterday there was a strange crash at the Tesla Motors’ store and delivery center in Fremont California. There have been conflicting reports as to what caused the accident, but as you can see from the photos, it did not end well for the unfortunate Tesla owner.
While some were speculating that the crash was caused by someone celebrating with too much champagne before picking up their new Tesla Model S, there is some evidence that the car was not just being picked up – and that the driver may have simply hit the wrong pedal when attempting to brake.
According to a couple of reports at Jalopnik, a witness reported that the driver did hit the wrong pedal when attempting to brake. They also said that the car already had California HOV lane stickers attached, which would show that the car was at least a couple of months old.
Regardless, it is a shame to crash the best car on the planet – the Tesla Model S has also been called “The Magic Car”.