Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, announced in a blog post that they’re extending the Tesla Model S drive unit warranty to match that of the battery pack.
That means the 85 kWh Model S, the 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 the post, Musk writes: “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 by products to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that.”
Musk noted that this will have a moderately negative effect on Tesla earnings in the short term. However, he is confident that by doing the right thing for Tesla vehicle owners it will work out well in the long term.