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Roadster battery insurance plan

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by ViviV, Aug 5, 2017.

  1. ViviV

    ViviV Member

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    Does anyone have the details on the terms of the original Roadster Battery Insurance Plan?
    I emailed Tesla customer service, gave them my VIN# and asked if the original owner of my Roadster had purchased battery insurance. Without this forum I would not have even known that there was such a thing as battery insurance (thank you). To my surprise (but not really because the previous owner purchased every other accessory that was available) the answer I got was that "The original owner did purchase the battery replacement insurance plan, it is transferrable as long as you bought the vehicle from a private party and not a dealership."

    This is important information because it shows:
    1) If you are going to purchase a Roadster it may matter where you purchase it from.
    2) you can contact Tesla to check on the battery insurance if you have purchased a pre-owned Roadster

    Two weeks ago (before I found out about the insurance), I put a deposit down on the battery upgrade. The next day I was contacted by my Service Center Advisor that it was ready to install by August 7th! I had no idea it would happen so quickly. I thought it would take months to get the upgrade. Therefore, I told them I wanted to hold off and get some questions answered before proceeding because I am concerned about some of the TMC posts about performance, range and stability of 3.0 battery. I am waiting for them to get me some answers to these questions since I am in no rush to upgrade. My CAC is 145 and on std range charges to 177 (which is decreased from 6 months ago when CAC was 151 and std range was 190) -- more than enough for my 50 mile daily commute.

    So now I know that I have battery insurance, but I don't know the terms of the insurance and what impact that has on getting a 3.0 upgrade, if any. Any advice and additional information will be much appreciated.
     
  2. MileHighMotoring

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    Oh friend do I have great news for you indeed.

    The Battery Replacement Option allows you to do the 3.0 battery upgrade for only $6K! That's a $24,000 savings.
     
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  3. ViviV

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    Great news @MileHighMotoring -- Do you have that written in some document as proof of this or can you share a communication with Tesla that states this?
     
  4. hcsharp

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    It's not really an insurance plan although there are some similarities. They also sold an extended warranty which was much more like insurance. Like the first owner of your car, I also purchased the replacement option. I can't find it right now but the conditions are complicated enough that I can't remember them exactly. Basically you can exercise the option starting at 5 years but you have to pay $1,000 for each year before the 7th year. I think the 7th year there is no charge for a replacement 56kWh battery. If you wait until the 8th year (I think?) you get $1,000 back for each year beyond the 7th, up to $2,000. After 10 years you get nothing. No battery and no money back.

    I don't remember reading anything in the contract about the plan expiring if you buy the car from a dealer. That sounds like BS to me. It does state that the plan transfers to the next owner and I would assume all future owners, but not sure.
     
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  5. ViviV

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    @hcsharp so what are your thoughts about what @MileHighMotoring said about the 3.0 upgrade in relation to the battery replacement plan pre-payment? Do you think current practice different that what is in the plan because at the time the plan was sold there was no such thing as a 3.0 upgrade? Since you have the replacement plan too -- what do you plan to do regarding upgrade to 3.0?

    @MileHighMotoring is there any requirement on battery health to exercise this option to replace with an upgrade?

    Anyone else with experience or knowledge on this?
     
  6. hcsharp

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    @MileHighMotoring is correct about Tesla asking only $6k for the 3.0 upgrade for those who exercise their replacement option at the same time.

    The real question is what if I asked to exercise my option without paying anything to upgrade to the 3.0 battery? The plan requires that they give you a 53kWh (usable) ESS. The 3.0 is closer to 70 or 80kWh. The old cells are non-existent at this point. Building a one-off 53kWh pack with new cells would most likely be more expensive than just building a full 3.0 pack. There are 69 cells in a brick. In theory they could build bricks with fewer of the new cells to get 53kWh. They did something similar in one of the Model S batteries. In theory they could limit the capacity with software. But both of those options require engineering and validation. For example, can a 50 cell brick handle 700 or 900 amps (whatever it is) without too much heat or voltage sag or other unknown problems? A software limitation would take too much engineering resources at a time when they don't have any to spare.

    I could be all wrong with my speculation. I really wish somebody with the replacement plan would ask for a new pack without paying anything so we could see what happens. To me it's well worth $6k to get the extra capacity above 53kWh. So I probably won't ask for a free replacement under the original terms of the plan because Tesla might call my bluff and actually give me a 53kWh battery. It's not worth the risk.
     

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