Battery upgrade

Battery upgrade

Hi folks
Does any body know if I can upgrade my Tesla battery from 60K to 85K after I have purchased the vehicle ?

Velo1 | July 26, 2013

I think I know, and the answer is no, as I read the reply posted on the Tesla Bulletin Board from the Forum Home Page.

But that is as of now, and I would hope in the future it will be an option.

Tâm | July 26, 2013

Currently, no.

You have to wait till a swapping station is built. Elon said you can keep it and pay the difference.

Bob W | July 26, 2013

No. See the official answer in the Bulletin Board section.

Kimscar | July 26, 2013

I don't think that will work. At present Tesla says no and we can only guess as to why. It may be a software issue or a hardware issue or both. Then again we are only guessing to the No you cannot upgrade as Velo1 said statement from Tesla.

Bob W | July 26, 2013

@Tam "Keep it and pay the difference" applies to same-size batteries, with "the difference" determined by battery age.

Docrob | July 26, 2013

I'd call Tesla and ask, their original bulletin answer was no, but I'm 99% sure that was because they didn't want to make a promise that people made urchase decisions on then find they couldn't implement it. We know how quickly and easily the battery install boot does its job, for $10,000 if you were willing t go to the factory I'd be surprised if Tesla said no to swapping you out for an 85.

AmpedRealtor | July 26, 2013

Poor Tesla is buying every battery it can get its hands on just to keep up with current vehicle demand. Given the current supply situation, I doubt battery upgrades are high on Tesla's list right now. Maybe in a couple of years.

create | July 26, 2013

Just wait till later his year when they deploy the first battery swap station. This question will be answered then.

Bob W | July 26, 2013

Actually I now see that the Tesla web pages contradict each other. On the Facts page page it says:

"While technically possible to upgrade to a larger battery, we recommend configuring your Model S with the battery that meets both your present and future needs."

tonylugo0905 | August 2, 2013

Thanks every body. Just spoke with Tesla Ownership. You can actually upgrade from 40K to 60K but not from 60 to 85 at this point. They may do it in the future.

Docrob | August 2, 2013

Lol, that's cause the 40 is a 60 with only a software limitation, that upgrade involves someone at Tesla HQ opening your vehicle config up and deselecting the 40kwh limitation check box.
The answer about true pack upgrades, ie 60-85 or 85 to whatever comes next will likely change over time but the next major milestone in answering this question will be known when the first swap station opens.

evpro | August 2, 2013

If you could buy an S with a 20KW battery and upgrade it later:

The initial cost would be less (45K?)and still have a usable range (80 miles?). OK if your main use was commuting and had a 2nd car.

Upgrading the battery later is a way to self-finance and you will always be getting the latest, greatest and possibly cheaper new battery.

But I guess that leaves you with the used 20KW unless they take it and credit some value back to you.

Brian H | August 3, 2013

Elon killed the 40 in great part because it was under-powered and didn't meet his performance standards.

CAdreamin | August 3, 2013

I'm hoping that there will be a 120 or 140kwh battery, and that current 60 and 85kwh customers can upgrade, think 2014? (along with all wheel drive) some wishful thinking.