Range anxiety among those of us who own all-electric vehicles (EVs) is a real phenomenon as we noted here. While today’s crop of EVs are able to achieve decent ranges on a single charge, the limitations are still a challenge. The various models manufactured by Tesla Motors are hands down the industry leaders when it comes to range. That being said, battery improvements are constant and range capabilities keep getting longer and longer. This has led many current owners to ask: will a Tesla battery upgrade be available in the future?
The Good News
In late April 2019, Tesla announced that its new model S long-range version would now be capable of traveling 375 miles on a single charge. The company also announced that the new model X long-range version would be capable of achieving 325 miles, partially due to a redesigned drivetrain. Older versions of these cars were able to travel 335 miles and 295 miles on a single charge, respectively.
Additionally, the company announced that they would be bringing back cheaper versions of the Model S and Model X that did not have the same range capabilities as the long-range models. Improved charging on the company’s Supercharger network was also announced. The company has claimed that these improvements will result in a 50% reduction in charge time.
Following the announcement about the improved distances for the Model S and the Model X, Elon and Co. released the specs for their 2020 Roadster. In addition to an outrageous top speed of more than 250 miles per hour, the company claims that the Roadster will be able to achieve a range of more than 620 miles on a single charge. This shocking revelation stunned the EV news world, and immediately generated predictions about where ranges will go from here.
The Bad News
The future of EV range is exceptionally bright. Unfortunately for current Tesla owners, there is no option to upgrade battery systems. The company has also given no indication that it has plans to develop one in the future.
Why is this you ask? Well, to put it bluntly there’s no money in it for them. As users on the Tesla Motors Club forum have lamented, there really isn’t a market for battery upgrades since all Model S and subsequent models are still under warranty. I’m sure the company has a plan for what they want to do when the warranties expire, but right now that’s anyone’s guess.
For those who like to live dangerously and aren’t really concerned about going through official channels, upgrading your Tesla’s battery may be possible through a third-party shop. According to these contributors to the Tesla Motors Club forum, eBay is a great place to search for aftermarket vendors willing to give it a shot.
While we here at enrg.io love the spirit of these cowboys who are willing to void there warranties by doing this, we don’t endorse this practice. For the time being it is probably best you just stick with what you have.
What do our readers think about this subject? Will owners ever be able to upgrade their Tesla batteries or will the company continue their current practices? Would you ever consider using a third-party to try and upgrade your Tesla battery? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.
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