Tesla has tried to cost a Mannequin S proprietor $22,500 for a battery pack substitute out of guarantee, however a third-party store was capable of repair the difficulty for a fraction of that value.
As a Tesla proprietor, some of the frequent questions I get requested is, “How a lot does it value if you’ll want to exchange the battery pack?”
It’s a tough query to reply for the reason that overwhelming majority of Tesla battery replacements have been executed underneath guarantee. Early on, Tesla supplied eight-year limitless mileage powertrain warranties for Mannequin S and Mannequin X.
With Mannequin S manufacturing beginning in 2012 and better volumes not coming till 2014, solely lately have these autos began to return off their powertrain guarantee. We have now seen quotes from Tesla for battery pack replacements between $20,000 and $30,000. That’s some huge cash, however the excellent news is that Tesla’s battery packs have been identified to final a very long time.
I’ve a Tesla Mannequin X that had a battery pack final for greater than 300,000 miles.
Nonetheless, when the issue will not be essentially battery degradation and the battery pack merely fails, Tesla has been identified to be fast to recommend a substitute reasonably than attempt to repair the battery pack.
That was the case of Tyler Hoover of Hoovie’s Storage after he purchased a 2013 Mannequin S P85. The electrical automobile, which was 4 months out of battery guarantee, began to show a “most battery cost stage diminished” error message and couldn’t be charged above 50 miles.
He introduced the automobile to his native Tesla’s service heart, which supplied him a battery pack substitute for $22,500:
After studying that Youtuber Wealthy Rebuilds’ Electrified Storage has had some expertise with these sorts of repairs, Hoover despatched his Mannequin S to their Florida location.
Whereas Tesla lately began opening up a few of its diagnostic instruments to 3rd events, the automaker nonetheless has plenty of limitations with regards to powertrain diagnostics. Electrified Storage makes use of some hacks to get previous that and determine what’s mistaken with the pack. On this case, they detected some voltage imbalances in 2 of the 16 battery modules:
They merely changed these modules as a substitute of the entire battery pack:
“We have been capable of drop the battery and exchange modules within the pack to repair the difficulty for about 75% off the quoted Tesla Service Middle worth. That is the significance of each Proper to Restore, and having expert technicians accessible at service facilities to correctly diagnose points with options that aren’t wasteful, or overly excessive in value. The sustainability side is most alarming, as we’re coming as much as most older Mannequin S and X autos being out of guarantee. “
The whole course of, which isn’t precisely easy, to be truthful, was documented in Wealthy’s newest video:
So how a lot did it value? The modules have been $1,500 every, for a complete of $3,000. One other $750 in elements for contractors and fuses, with the primary one being upgraded to those launched within the Mannequin S Ludicrous.
With diagnostic and labor, it got here as much as about $5,000, or about 75% lower than Tesla was quoting for a full battery pack substitute.
I do know a brand new battery pack will not be the identical as simply two substitute modules, however you’ll want to have the choice.
A $22,500 restore will not be financially viable on a automobile at present quoted at about $25,000-$30,000.
I perceive if Tesla doesn’t need to become involved in that sort of service restore. They need to exchange the battery pack, ship the previous pack to its pack remanufacturing workforce, and refurbish it the place it has the experience to take action.
That’s truthful. However when you don’t need to do it, it’s important to let third-party outlets be capable of provide options and so they want diagnostic instruments to try this. In any other case, they need to depend on some hacks, which isn’t ideally suited.
I hope Tesla will get onboard with ‘proper to restore’ and begins to empower extra third-party restore outlets as extra of its early autos are actually getting off of guarantee.
As a result of, in the event that they don’t, its seemingly noble push to supply service by company-owned outlets goes to begin to look much less noble.
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