I still think we will own the battery pack (when buying the car with cash or on finance). Does anyone know?
Of course. It is part of the car.
Tesla has never discussed battery leasing. The closest offering was the swap station, operating in Harris Ranch, CA. But Tesla required that the original battery be returned.
Morgan Stanley recently came out with a note discussing swap and lease in the context of the Tesla Semi, which is scheduled to be revealed in September of 2017.
Why would you think you wouldn't own the battery pack?
I was surprised when someone suggested we wouldn't own it. Now I know :-)
Maybe it's with some other makes that you don't.
GM used to not let consumers own their EVs.
I don't know of any company that makes BEVs that retains ownership of the battery? Just think of all those Leaf owners who are getting screwed.
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@KP, Renault in Europe has been doing battery leasing for many years. They now have about 100,000 vehicles out on the roads with leased batteries, where they are not owned with the cars.https://electrek.co/2017/03/30/renault-electric-vehicles-lease-battery-u...
But, it sounds like they may be planning to end this by the end of 2017.https://cleantechnica.com/2016/10/19/renault-cease-battery-leasing-end-2...
Interesting @Rocky. I'm not sure how that would fly in the US, unless both the vehicle and the battery were leased. I wonder what it means if the battery is defective or needs replacing? If they swapped it out it could be a good option for those worried about degradation.