Continuing its policy of trickling out tidbits of good news, the company announced a couple of upgrades to its service offerings.
How much would you pay for a Model S that came with an even better warranty and service plan? Continuing its policy of trickling out tidbits of good news, the company announced a couple of upgrades to its service offerings.
If your Model S needs repair, you’ll now receive valet service at no additional charge – Tesla will pick up your car and drop off a loaner, which will be a top-of-the-line model “with all the best features and options,” or even a Roadster if you prefer. The Model S loaners will be available for purchase, so that the cars in the service fleet will stay nice and new.
Tesla has also made its $600 annual service contract optional. The 5-year/50,000-mile warranty remains in force, and it now covers the battery almost unconditionally. The only things not covered are “collision, opening of the battery pack by non-Tesla personnel or intentional abuse” (Tesla offers the example of lighting the pack on fire with a blowtorch). If anything else goes wrong with the battery, even neglect or improper maintenance, Tesla will replace it with a factory reconditioned unit.
Meanwhile, in a media call, CEO Elon Musk dropped a tantalizing hint that a 500-mile battery might be a reality within four or five years. Now how much would you pay?