I purchased my Model S 60 new in 2013, and after almost 6 years and > 50k Miles, still love the car. My battery shows only minimal degradation (184 => 181miles on its daily charge routine, less than 10 full charges in five plus years), and the car still looks new after being garaged for its entire life.
My only concern is the range. I take the occasional trip from Atlanta to the Georgia coast or up I-85 to Raleigh, NC, and the supercharger routine adds at least an hour to each trip. And I know all the tricks to minimize total charging times on trips. Not that I don't appreciate the fact that the Superchargers are there, and their numbers growing in the Southeast. But I have heard for years about the impending growth in battery capacity, and continue to wonder when my time will come.
Tesla has intentionally downplayed offering increasing battery range to existing early vehicles (the later model S 60 => 75 upgrade was a software thing), I assume to get me to purchase a new vehicle, and I am sure that there would be some manageable technical issues in an upgrade. But my 2013 has some features no longer available that are really important to me. Most significantly my honest to goodness big frunk! Most of the response to the recent post on frunks were amusing and presumably related to the current mini frunk which is challenged to carry a brief case! My early model has real storage, which I use regularly. I have no interest in the autodrive feature, no desire for 4WD, and my MS60 has more than enough power. Still love my 2013 MS60!
So, has anyone heard of any efforts to create after market batteries for us early adopters? Warranty is of no concern, and I would think that there are more than a few of us out there who would pony up for a 100 Kwh or greater battery. Tesla seems to have little interest, even though I would think that it would add some needed product demand for the giga factory. I have seen the EBay offerings, which I presume are salvaged batteries from retired vehicles, and they would even upgrade me to an 85 Kwh battery. But if I do it, I want to go all the way to 100 Kwh or hopefully more. Any rumors of Chinese or other foreign manufacturer interest in meeting this market?
I wonder if there are other Tesla early adopters who share my desire?