Submitted by Timo on September 19, 2010
I just wonder if Tesla could do a bit like "lease Roadster, buy Model S" kind of deal with future better battery packs. I really would like to have Model S, but it doesn't have the range I need. However I believe in very close future you can have same (physical) size battery pack as 300 mile version that has 500 mile or bigger range. So I would not like to buy a expensive battery pack when I know I would need to replace it with better one soon and then pay same amount of money again, but I would like to have my EV ASAP.
So as solution for longer range trips I would need to use other methods of traveling, but I would have Model S for shorter trips at home and I could swap to better battery when it comes available by ending a lease of the battery pack and just installing a new one. If it has good enough range buy it instead of lease.
Car itself would be a bit cheaper, lease would be for battery pack (which needs to be replaced eventually anyway). Maybe even creating more market that way by lowering the initial cost of the car.
Does that make any sense?