Tesla Says Battery Pack Upgrades Occur OTA Within 2 Days Of Ordering

AUG 1 2016 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 32

Base Tesla Model X 60D

Base Tesla Model X 60D

Now that Tesla is offering the lower cost, software limited 60 kWh versions of the Model S and Model X, over-the-air (OTA) battery pack upgrades are available to be purchased online through the MyTesla account. Once purchased, the $9,000 online upgrade will occur over the course of only 1-2 days, during the vehicle’s sleep cycle.

75D Badge via Tesla Shop

75D Badge via Tesla Gear

The Tesla website explains:

To order please visit your MyTesla account and select your Model S. If your vehicle is eligible, the 75 kWh upgrade option will be visible in the Available Upgrades section. Upon confirmation of purchase, the over-the-air process will be initiated and the upgrade will occur during a vehicle sleep cycle over the next 1-2 days. Confirmation of the upgrade can be visually validated as a new digital badge will be displayed on the instrument cluster when completed.

Initially, Model S owners with the 70 kWh models were able to unlock the additional 5 kWh. Now, the entry-priced 60 models of the S and X (with 75 kWh battery packs), have the option of a 15 kWh software unlock. Once the unlock is purchased, owners can visit a Tesla service center to have the new “75D” badge attached to the vehicle.

The entry level Model S, before any upgrades, is priced at $66,000 and the Model X at $74,000 respectively.

Source: Electrek

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32 Comments on "Tesla Says Battery Pack Upgrades Occur OTA Within 2 Days Of Ordering"

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Fascinating. Pretty much what a lot of people were expecting. Cool!

What’s going to stop people from hacking it and then disabling onboard communication?

Don’t know the terms, but I’d guess tempering with the car’s software could easily lead to “Warranty void”

lol why would someone disable onboard communication on a car the completely depends on onboard communication?

No more warranty, no more supercharging, no more OTA updates…

What a Royal RIPOFF!!You Have it so you must have Paid something $$ for it, 0r it cost them nothing to install….Elon is turning into a Little Dictator..You Have it, but you can’t use ..unless…you pay extra to use it …You buy their cars & they Run your Life ! No thanks ..We need competition to build simpler EV’s with the Bare necessities , All this BS is not needed…

Why exactly does it take 2 days? Hell I can buy stuff off Amazon and have them physically ship it to me in less time…

Wish I could just pay per use for the extra when going on long trips.

Terrible, just terrible business decision. To sell someone a car hauling an extra load of unused batteries, unless they cough up extra. Nauseating and so not Tesla-

It only costs Tesla ~$2900 to put the extra batteries in each vehicle. All they have to do is get 1 in 3 to convert and they break even. I think this could be a genius move. Even if I were to get a Model S 60kWh and never convert, this works out great for me as I will be using less of the full pack size. This should lead to longer battery life.

Rich , It costs Tesla ZER0 $$$ to put in the extra Batteries ..They make them all on the same production run & save money on Production costs at the same time ..

Tesla stated it costs them $190/kWh at the pack level. While the majority of the pack costs won’t increase much if any, they still have manufacturing costs at the cell level for 15 extra kWH. I’m not following how Tesla can manufacture 75kWh of cells for the same cost as 60kWh of cells. Please elaborate.

They save on ramp up costs ..But If it’s $9 grand for 15kwh’s How much would a new Battery cost? $45000.00 ????? that would be LUDICROUSLY INSANE !!! Pun intended..

Gimping a product via firmware limitations is never a “genius” move. And from both an engineering and environmental perspective carrying extra unused batteries around is retarded.

You are correct. Hauling around a bigger battery pack will RETARD range degradation. This allows you to get more miles before replacing the battery pack – and you don’t even have to pay for it? Where do I sign up? That’s awesome!

Don’t Pay For it??? It’s already calculated in the price of the car ..The $9 grand is gravy for Tesla…What A scam!

Yea ! Elon is a dictator.

Let’s continue funneling many billions of dollars to Middle Eastern dictators and terrorists by driving oil-fueled cars. Sounds like a brilliant idea!

These comments do amuse me though, so many people resistant against the future of cars. Cars haven’t changed much at all in the past 100 years, Elon is just bringing cars into the 21st century. Software is king with every other product in today’s world, any automaker who does not have features like this will crash and burn–right along with the oil dictatorships and terrorists that gas car lovers enjoy funding so much.

As a Tesla Model S owner I predict there will be quite a few that just cough up the money and get the upgrade. I’ve logged a fair amount of miles on the supercharger network and 200 -220 miles range is NOT ENOUGH. The super charger spacing is just right for about 250 miles range. 250 is the range on my 2012 S and I wouldn’t want one bit less.

All of you with a model 3 rez that think you can get by with a 200 mile model 3…..think again.

Get used to the idea that you need to upgrade to at least 250 miles of battery.

If you can’t afford it than just opt out of the super charge upgrade option.

I totally disagree. It depends on your driving habits. I have had an S60 for 18 months and only wished I had a larger battery a couple times on winter road trips in extreme conditions. Also, as Tesla keeps adding more and more superchargers, the need for larger batteries goes down. Heck, I’m in Ontario and we already have great coverage along our main 401 highway, about every 150km.

@Mark,
yes it depends which super chargers you use. your range would not work for me. 300 would be about right for me.

Then I would amend my comment to say that every person with a model 3 order should study the spacing in their area. ….and all areas in the country where you want to drive.

It does little good to study the current spacing because they will have to expand majorly to ramp up to support 500k cars per year by 2018. Distance between chargers will shrink quickly.

I’ve looked at the current map a lot and haven’t found anywhere that you can’t travel between two chargers with 200 miles of range as long as the weather isn’t terrible. Of course it takes ~30 mins to charge from 80% to 100% so having to charge for up to 90 minutes to get between the farthest chargers can be pretty annoying.

So 250 – 300 range definitely makes the current network work much better, but I don’t think the current network is at all representative of what it will be by 2018.

George is right.

I would not take a Model 3 from SF to LA. Terrible, terrible experience as it is with a Model S 70. I drive normally with AC on (it is a family car after all). Too frequent stops with long wait and long charging times.

The SF to LA network is in need of expansion already. Too many Teslas on that route.

CA has unique charger availability problems, not faced in other parts of the country. Also, San Fran to LA = ~380 miles and that’s nuts, for how most would use a BEV.

60kwh is plenty to cross the U.S. on I-70, with ~130 mile spacing. 60kwh becomes a longer charge proposition, further into the taper, but there’s no problem, here.

Anyone would be stupid not to consider what they plan to use the car for. Supercharge.info and expecting losses in cold weather are their two biggest battery considerations.

I make due with an 84 mile range on my current electric vehicle just fine.

Different driving habits and needs will fuel different purchasing decisions. A large number of S60’s have been out and supercharging for many years now with no issue and no option to upgrade.

They should get it to work in 20 minutes as long as you are in cellphone range.

I’m sure they’d being able to sell it to some people that have run out of electricity but could call up Tesla, pay to unlock, and then drive another 30 miles.

Leaving 15 kwh of spare batteries at 100% charge at all times is a very, very easy way for Tesla to quickly void their own warranty.

wow – so many entitled whiners.
Wah Wah – Tesla cut the cost by reducing the capability using software and leave the full size battery in there so I can upgrade later.
Wah Wah – Tesla cut the cost by reducing the battery and I can’t upgrade because they made a new small battery – some folks just have to have something to whine about.

Back in the real world – it is common practice in all industries to do software unlocks for already built features.
Even more common in tech – unlock features with a key code.
Yet more common with smartphone applications.
Welcome to the modern age people – try keep up please.

Not Whiners & dhiners like you. Some simply refuse to pay for a bill of goods!

I have a smartphone. It has an app store. If I purchase an app there my phone’s hardware is suddenly able to do much more on my phone. Terrible, terrible. I want to buy a new phone with every app I buy…
Most people with negative comments are apparently too dumb to ever afford one. Just let them suffer with jealousy.

0k, No one is jealous,& they can afford it but would rather not have it, Even if it were free of cost. everyone’s needs are not alike.. cheers !

They should rent the kWh. If you travel, you only need the range maybe for a week or two a year. $100 per week would be appropriate.

I just don’t see many needing this extra range. Especially those leasing the 60 at the new, lower price, for three years. Paying $9000 to upgrade a battery – or renting a vehicle for family vacations (including 40′ RVs) costs less than $9000 over three years.