Tesla Announces Infinite Mileage, 8 Year Warranty For Tesla Model S Drivetrain

Car review and valuation site Edmunds.com had no end of problems with theirs — and some Tesla Model S owners report working their way through up to six of them — but now the drivetrain of the luxury Tesla Model S 85 kWh electric sedan is covered by a new, ‘infinite mileage’ warranty.

The Tesla Model S has just been given a retrospective, 8-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

The Tesla Model S has just been given a retrospective, 8-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Announced late yesterday by Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk in a blog post on the Tesla Motors website, the new warranty will protect all Model S cars for an unlimited number of miles for eight years from any problems with its drivetrain.

The Model S first entered into production in 2012 and to date more than 40,000 cars have been produced at its Fremont facility in California. But while many Tesla Model S owners report having very few problems with their cars, others have seen drivetrain after drivetrain fail.

The failures, covering everything from excessive noise to the car stopping at the side of the road with a dashboard warning, were previously covered by Tesla under a four year, 50,000 mile warranty.

In his blog post however, Musk argued that because electric cars featured fewer moving parts, were mechanically simpler and more reliable than gasoline vehicles, the warranty period should reflect that.

Tesla's new drivetrain warranty means any new Model S 85 owner won't have to worry about drivetrain faults for 8 years.

Tesla’s new drivetrain warranty means any new Model S 85 owner won’t have to worry about drivetrain faults for 8 years, regardless of car mileage.

To that end, Tesla has now extended the drivetrain warranty of Model S electric cars fitted with an 85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack to an unlimited number of miles — something Musk cleverly calls an ‘infinite’ warranty.

Like Tesla’s infinite mileage battery warranty, which covers the massive 85 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack from defects or massive loss in pack capacity, Tesla’s new infinite mileage drivetrain warranty doesn’t run forever.

Instead, the warranty will cover all Tesla Model S 85 cars ever made — right back to models made in 2012 — from the point of manufacture until its eighth birthday. Model S cars fitted with the smaller 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack will get a new 8-year, 125,000 mile warranty.

This means that those with 2012 model year cars still have six years of drivetrain warranty left, regardless of how many miles their car drives.

While the term ‘infinite mileage’ is a new one to us here at Transport Evolved, many mainstream automakers already offer extensive unlimited mile warranties on their new cars. Kia, for example, has been offering a 7-year, unlimited milage warranty on all of its cars for just over seven years, the longest warranty period on a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle we know of.

Tesla’s new warranty is one year longer.

60 kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S cars are covered by an 8, year, 125,000 mile warranty.

60 kilowatt-hour Tesla Model S cars are covered by an 8, year, 125,000 mile warranty.

The new announcement is bound to be welcomed by Tesla owners worldwide, although we do wonder how owners who have already paid for Tesla’s extended mileage warranty will be feeling right now. Presumably in the interests of customer satisfaction, Tesla will be looking at ways to ensure those customers are not left out of pocket by the new retrospective warranty.

As for the name of the new warranty? Here at Transport Evolved we’re a little disappointed that Tesla has chosen to use the term ‘infinite’ to label it, especially given Musk’s dealings with the massive, immeasurable vastness of space.

To us, the word ‘infinite’ means something which is without boundaries, something immeasurable or without any limits.

Tesla’s new drivetrain warranty, while the largest we’ve ever seen, is most certainly not unlimited or limitless.

Sorry, Elon.

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