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Tesla Model S Drivetrain Warranty Jumps to 8 Years, Unlimited Miles

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/19/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Tesla has bumped up the drivetrain warranty on the Model S to match the car's battery pack warranty. The drivetrain for the sedan, including the most popular version, the 85 kWh Model S, is now covered for eight years with no mileage limits.

Additionally, the upgraded warranty will apply retroactively to Model S cars that have already been produced. Previously, the warranty was set at 4 years/50,000 miles.

2013 Tesla Model S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Tesla Model S

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in a statement last week that the warranty extension will hurt earnings in the short term, but that it is the "right thing" for Tesla owners.

"In hindsight, this should have been our policy from the beginning of the Model S program," he said. "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."

The announcement comes after Consumer Reports criticized the Model S for electric issues in a report last week. Currently, Motor Trend is testing out a long term Model S with a replaced drivetrain.

Even before the extended warranty, the Model S still had generous warranties compared to many gas-powered cars, which often offer only 5 years/60,000 miles for their drivetrains.

Source: Tesla


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