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Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by GDH, Feb 24, 2014.
holy crap the batteries cost $30k?
No, try $45k.
Some retail vs wholesale costs here. 45k retail (IE, buying one) and 30k (estimated) for cost of making one. The retail cost is more or less known, based on extrapolation of people who've upgraded from 60kwh pack to 85.
Funny you brought that up....I asked this question earlier today:
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 1:23 PM
Subject: RE: Tesla Service: Information regarding your service request
How much is it to swap my 60 battery for an 85 battery?.
And this was the response I got:
Good afternoon Grant,
At this time there is not a retrofit available to go from 60kWh to an 85kWh. This would require both hardware and firmware change. We will however document your request.
Not true! It's $18k to swap the battery pack. Already done by a journalist back east. Search this site for the thread. I also received a quote fromTesla for that amount.
Refer your SC to this article:
Life With Tesla Model S: Battery Upgrade From 60 kWh To 85 kWh
It is a quite detailed story on the process and cost the author about $18k.
And that is what I thought, that is why I emailed him. It's amusing how different SC are.
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Thanks, when I am there on Friday I will bring it up again.
At least one TMC member upgraded ~3 months ago.
This is fantastic news! Not something I plan on doing for a couple years but nice to hear that it is possible and at what I consider a "reasonable" cost. Will be interesting to see if the "20% restocking fee", referenced in the linked article, holds for older batteries.
Wow! Quite interesting. Makes even more sense to take care of our batteries.