Submitted by BjörnF on June 1, 2013
Tesla has a 8 year warranty on the batteri, 80% capacity if i'm not mistaken. The question is, what can we expect of the battery after those 8 years ? If it's 80% by that time, what about the next 4-5 years after that ? What about performance ?
Elon mentioned that they have a battery pack in the labs that has 500 000 miles on it, it would be interesting to know what that capacity is on that battery and what we could expect of a Model S using that battery, range and performance.
After all, most people doesn't drive long distances regularly and a lot of the emissions comes from the making of the car rather then the fuel it uses. I could definitely see myself using a 8 year old Model S/X as a commuter car. I think (hope) that they will last much longer then a ICE car, assuming that the battery won't die completely.