I'm sure that if Tesla was doing that then they would be crowing about it. Here is a Model S in the wrecking yard in England. 2015 Tesla Model-S 2014 On 85 5 Door Hatchback (Electric / Automatic) breaking for used and spare parts from Car Transplants in Nantwich, Cheshire You can see rust on many of the components. Even the bolt heads that have been damaged by some untrained mechanic using a shifting spanner have got rust on them. The rusted steering column is a huge concern. Won't take long before the splines are gone.