Tesla has improved the Model S drive unit warranty to match that of the battery pack. This will mean the most popular vehicle, Tesla’s 85kWh Model S, will now have an 8-year warranty along with no limit to miles traveled or even for the number of owners during the said warranty.
It’s also true that Tesla believes this should have been their warranty from the very start, but they are now making that change rather than sticking their head in the sand. The news broke on Twitter by Tesla’s founder and CEO, which can be seen within the tweet below.
Model S drivetrain warranty increased to infinite miles, applies retroactively … http://t.co/0Gwukwj6qT
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 15, 2014
Thanks to the electric motors having less moving parts compared to gasoline engines, they’ll almost certainly last longer and when you add to that the fact of oil residue, then it just makes sense to have a much longer warranty.
Tesla point out that investors will see a negative effect over the short term, as this is due to warranty reserves needing to increase way above the current level for both new owners and existing owners. This is a long term change and one we think Tesla Model S owners will love to tell friends and family about, which will no doubt create more business for Tesla in the long run as well.