The Tesla Model 3 is a car built for eternity. This is something that Elon Musk highlighted this Saturday as he discussed some aspects of Model 3, including the propulsion unit, body and battery modules on Twitter.
Very interesting in Musk's post was the mention of the battery module. The CEO said that the current model 3 battery modules should last for 300,000 to 500,000 miles, which is 1,500 cycles. After that, the battery modules could be replaced, and customers will cost about $ 5,000 to $ 7,000.
Replacing battery modules rather than the entire package is a pretty clever strategy for Tesla, as the owner of an electric vehicle spares before buying a completely different battery pack as soon as some modules lose their power. This system significantly reduces the cost of changing the battery.
It should be noted that Tesla's batteries are among the best on the market today. Even batteries that are removed from vehicles and replaced are probably still good enough to be used for other purposes. The DIY community will definitely appreciate these modules as they can be used for energy storage in campers as well as for electric car conversion kits.
Musk also pointed out that the Model 3 power unit and body are similar in construction to trucks, giving them a lifetime of one million kilometers. It is not the first time that the CEO or Tesla has addressed the durability of the Model 3 propulsion unit. Last October, Tesla uploaded a picture of a pristine Model 3 drive on social media. According to the electric car manufacturer, the drive unit in the picture had been validated for over one million miles.
The drive units of electric cars such as model 3 have far fewer moving parts compared to an internal combustion engine. This is something that Tesla has refined over the years. As the analysis of auto-wear experts like Sandy Munro shows, the Model 3 propulsion unit is already smaller, more powerful and more efficient than the competition.
The same applies to the body of Model 3. The model 3 is one of the safest vehicles on the road and was awarded by the NHTSA with 5 stars. One reason for this is the bodywork of the model 3, which uses ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum, as well as the all-electric construction with generous crumple zones. As noted in several owner reports following a Model 3 crash, these electric saloon design features help protect their occupants.
Although the Model 3 only starts its global ramp, it already helps several countries to move away from the combustion engine. This was prominently displayed at the end of the first quarter, when the Model 3 helped Norway sell electric vehicles more than gas vehicles for the first time, and when the electric sedan became Switzerland's best-selling car in March, without them.