The Tesla Model 3 is a car designed to last. Elon Musk emphasized this point Saturday when he addressed some aspects of Model 3, including his drive unit, his case and his battery modules on Twitter.
Musk did not fail to talk about his replacement of the battery modules. The CEO said the current Model 3 battery modules should last between 300,000 and 500,000 km, which equals 1,500 cycles. After that, the battery modules could be replaced, which will cost customers between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000 or so.
Replacing the battery modules instead of the full module is a smart strategy for Tesla, as it saves owners of electric cars from having to buy a completely different battery module when some modules lose their ability to function optimally. With this system in place, the costs associated with replacing the batteries will be significantly reduced.
It should be noted that Tesla batteries are among the best on the market today. Thus, even the batteries that will be removed and replaced vehicles will probably still be good enough to be used for other purposes. The DIY community will certainly appreciate these modules as they could be used for energy storage in recreational vehicles as well as electric car conversion kits.
Musk also pointed out that the drive unit and the bodywork of the Model 3 are designed in the same way as commercial trucks, giving them a lifespan of one million kilometers. This is not the first time that the CEO or Tesla mentioned the durability of the Model 3 training unit. Last October, Tesla posted on social media the image of a blank disk drive model 3. According to the electric car manufacturer at the time, the unit of image transmission had been validated over more than one million kilometers.
Electric cars drive units such as the Model 3 have far fewer moving parts than internal combustion engines, making them much less likely to fail. This is something that Tesla has perfected over the years and, as an expert analysis of auto dismantling like Sandy Munro shows, Model 3 training is already smaller, more powerful and more efficient than the competition.
The same goes for the body of the Model 3. The Model 3 is one of the safest vehicles on the road, getting a perfect 5-star rating from the NHTSA. This is partly due to the body of the Model 3, which uses steel and aluminum with very high strength, as well as its fully electric construction, with generous deformation zones. As can be seen in several owners accounts following a 3 model accident, these design elements help the electric sedan to protect its passengers.
Model 3 may only be starting its global ramp, but it is already helping several countries to move away from the internal combustion engine. This was highlighted at the end of the first quarter when Model 3 helped Norway sell for the first time more electric vehicles than gasoline cars, and when the electric sedan became the best-selling car in Switzerland in March, without exception.