Elon Musk Confirms: Model X, Model 3 To Get Drivetrain Warranty Similar To Model S
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that both the upcoming Tesla Model X and the low-cost Tesla Model 3 (or perhaps Tesla Model ≡) will come with a similar drivetrain warranty to the Model S.
In case you missed it, Tesla just expanded the Model S’ drivetrain warranty to 8 years/infinite miles on the 85 kWh sedans and 8 years/125,000 miles on the 60 kWh version.
Musk confirms that the warranty for the Model X and Model 3 will be similar to the Model S, though he doesn’t say that the warranty will be the same.
We predict that the Model X will carry an identical warranty to the Model S 85 kWh cars. However, the low-cost Model 3 may offer a lesser warranty, perhaps like the 60 kWh version.
Here’s the recent blog post from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the upgraded Model S drivetrain warranty:
Infinite Mile Warranty
By Elon Musk, CEO
The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit. There is also no limit on the number of owners during the warranty period.
Moreover, the warranty extension will apply retroactively to all Model S vehicles ever produced. In hindsight, this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program. 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.
To investors in Tesla, I must acknowledge that this will have a moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term, as our warranty reserves will necessarily have to increase above current levels. This is amplified by the fact that we are doing so retroactively, not just for new customers. However, by doing the right thing for Tesla vehicle owners at this early stage of our company, I am confident that it will work out well in the long term.