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Tesla Model S Gets Improved Warranty Coverage


Just the Facts:
  • Tesla Motors increased the warranty coverage on the Tesla Model S sedan on Friday, saying the drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack.
  • The Model S now has an eight-year, "infinite" mile warranty on both the battery pack and the drive unit.
  • The warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced, Tesla said.

PALO ALTO, California Tesla Motors increased the warranty coverage on the Tesla Model S sedan on Friday, saying the drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack.

The Model S now has an eight-year, "infinite" mile warranty on both the battery pack and the drive unit.

The warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced, Tesla said. There is no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period.

"In hindsight, this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program," wrote Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a blog post.

He added: "If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that."

Although the improved warranty coverage will have a "moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term," Musk said that the move is "doing the right thing for Tesla vehicle owners at this early stage of our company."

The action comes a week after Consumer Reports criticized the Model S for having "more than its share of problems."

Edmunds' own 2013 Tesla Model S long-term test car reported seven unscheduled dealer visits during its 30,000-mile test.

Several automakers offer long new-vehicle warranties, including Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America. The Hyundai and Kia basic new vehicle limited warranty offers coverage for five years or 60,000 miles and powertrain coverage for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

U.S. buyers get the same warranty coverage from Mitsubishi Motors North America.

Edmunds says: This is good news for Tesla owners.

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