WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 - Battery pack upgrades may be in the future for the electric car. It is a very logical idea that greatly favors the battery over the internal combustion engine. The idea is that you would simply swap out an outmoded technology with less battery range for the new, so if you could get increasing range with periodic battery upgrades, you might not need or want to buy a new car. Of course, the extent of the range increase would be the primary consideration as to whether to upgrade or not.
On an April 26 Tesla conference call, CEO Elon Musk stated: “I love upgrades. Upgrades are awesome.” This was in response to a journalist’s question on the subject of battery technology upgrades. Mr. Musk made no assurances that this will be the case at Tesla, but he was obviously interested in talking about the subject. He did hint that a 500 mile range battery might be possible in the future, but to be clear, this was just a brief passing exchange.
The conference call that day was on the new service and warranty program for Tesla, and in his remarks on the new program, Mr. Musk stated: “We’re making the annual service contract optional, so unlike gasoline cars, an electric car doesn’t need oil changes, fuel filters, spark plugs, smog checks, and all that. They’re only needed if you’re burning oil. In fact, you don’t even need to replace the brake pads, because most of the braking energy is captured by the motor and returned to the battery.”
In regards to Tesla’s battery warranty, the Model S battery pack has an eight year no fault warranty, so the consumer does not have to worry about the battery. Mr. Musk said that the car owner does not even have to read the manual to be covered. He wants the consumer to have peace of mind, to enjoy the vehicle. Obviously, Tesla has a high degree of confidence in the battery pack.
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