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Tesla Battery Replacement Cost: How Much

Tesla Battery Replacement Cost: How Much
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In previous articles, we’ve mentioned that anxiety relating to all-electric vehicle (EV) battery replacement is a real phenomenon. Among EV owners and potential owners, this worry is second only to concerns about range. Many people seem to be apprehensive about pulling the trigger on an EV because of this. I readily admit that I worry about having to replace the battery in my Nissan Leaf one day. Being a true EV, Teslas are no exception. Here’s what you should know when it comes to Tesla battery replacement cost.

Warranties Still Going Strong

Good news: your Tesla is almost certainly still under warranty. From Tesla’s official website:

“The Battery and Drive Unit in your vehicle are covered for a period of:

Model S and Model X – 8 years (with the exception of the original 60 kWh battery manufactured before 2015, which is covered for a period of 8 years or 125,000 miles, whichever comes first).

Model 3 – 8 years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, with minimum 70% retention of Battery capacity over the warranty period.

Model 3 with Long-Range Battery – 8 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first, with minimum 70% retention of Battery capacity over the warranty period.

These warranties cover the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship of any parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla, which occur under normal use.”

Okay, this makes me feel a bit better. Seeing as the first crop of Model S Teslas came off of the assembly line in June of 2012, we will be well into next year before this starts to become an issue.

After Expiration

Tesla battery replacement cost will be in the same ballpark with the Nissan Leaf, which set battery replacement cost an oddly specific $5,499. In April of this year, Tesla head honcho Elon Musk proudly exclaimed the following to his over 28 million fans on Twitter:

Not too shabby if that’s the case…

Clues for the Model S and Model X

While neither Tesla nor Elon Musk have given a firm answer as to how much batteries for the S and X models will cost to replace, there are a few clues we can look to for an idea. In the early days of Tesla, they offered a battery replacement program for their original Roadster model. The price for a new battery was set at exactly $12,000. This program was discontinued however because most Roadster owners weren’t very interested.

Seeing as the original Roadster was only manufactured between 2008 and 2012, we can assume that this figure of $12,000 for a replacement battery was the standard price around 2012 when the Model S debuted. Now, flash forward seven years to 2019. Tesla has drastically improved their battery technology and production capabilities. Their CEO has said that replacing the Model 3 battery will cost between five and seven thousand dollars. I would be surprised if replacements for the Model S and Model X were more expensive than that by any substantial amount.

What do our readers think? Will replacement costs for the Model S and Model X be around the same price as it will be for the Model 3 or am I way off here? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

Source | Image: Tesla Motors

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Neil Brooks
Neil Brooks is an electric vehicle owner and lover currently based in the greater Washington D.C. area. Neil is a fan of all things electric and may be the only person in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to own both an electric leaf blower and an electric chainsaw. When he's not busy blogging about the latest on electric technology he enjoys grilling, rock climbing, and taking naps in his hammock.