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Battery question

Discussion in 'Model S: Ordering, Production, Delivery' started by Science fan, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Science fan

    Science fan Member

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    I am fairly new here and do not know if these questions have been asked earlier. My order was placed for a late July delivery (my current Lexus lease expires then). I have asked this question of two Tesla employees and have gotten two different answers: About a decade or so from now, when it comes time to replace by 70kw battery, will it be possible to replace it with a higher capacity battery at that time? For example, if the 70kw replacement were to become 75kw and the higher end battery replacement will be 120 kw, could I purchase the 120kw replacement at that time?
     
  2. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    if you currently own an 85, you can upgrade it to a 90...the upgrade now is only for 85 owners, but costs 20k.

    I understand that there really is no physical or mechanical reason that would limit an upgrade - only marketing reasons.
     
  3. jbcarioca

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    Tesla has consistently said that will be possible, and regular battery replacements have happened, mostly as warranty replacements. FWIW replacing the S batteries takes only a few minutes, but if recalibration of anything is required that can take as much as a day or so, I'm told.

    Given the pace of development I wonder how many of us will want to keep the same car that long. It will be interesting to find out.
     
  4. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    While there are no guarantees it seems rather likely that there will be possibilities for upgrading in the a bit further out future. I'd say this though: with the tempo of innovation I'm not sure you're going to want to spend any money on the car once it 8-10 years old.
     

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