A used Tesla purchaser managed to get himself a completely working 2014 Mannequin S electrical sedan for simply $15,000, or about $15,000 lower than the going value.
That was all because of an organization that was capable of finding a single dangerous battery cell within the pack.
The corporate in query is Gruber Motor Firm.
Gruber made its title within the Tesla neighborhood by reviving Tesla Roadster battery packs — placing again the uncommon electrical automobile on the street.
We reported on them when their storage tragically caught on hearth in 2017, ensuing in the loss of several Tesla Roadsters and an original Tzero.
Now they’re again in enterprise they usually just lately shared an attention-grabbing story of a buyer who introduced them a Mannequin S that had a bricked battery pack.
They made a video about the complete undertaking:
The proprietor purchased it used for simply $10,000 when most 2014 Mannequin S sedans go for about $30,000.
They didn’t clarify why Tesla didn’t substitute the battery pack underneath its eight-year powertrain guarantee, however they stated the automaker was quoting the brand new proprietor roughly $20,000 with labor to switch the battery pack.
That will convey the worth to roughly an everyday used 2014 Tesla Mannequin S.
As an alternative, the brand new proprietor determined to ship the electrical sedan to Gruber in Phoenix.
Gruber Motor Firm CEO Peter Gruber commented:
He despatched the automobile to us for a major battery restore, we discovered one dangerous cell out of over 7,000 cells, and the automobile is functioning once more for $5K.
$5,000 may sound costly for altering a single cell, however the means of discovering and extracting the small battery cell, which is defined within the video above, is definitely fairly complicated, which additionally clarify why Tesla prefers to easily change the battery pack.
The result’s that the brand new proprietor now has a working Tesla Mannequin S for simply $15,000.
Whereas this isn’t an amazing search for Tesla, the excellent news is that such battery pack failure don’t occur usually.
Early Mannequin S automobiles obtained frequent battery swaps. My very own 2012 Mannequin S has already had two battery replacements.
Nonetheless, surveys of early Model S owners showed that battery replacement rates dropped quickly within the early years of the electrical sedan:
Both means, it could be nice to see Tesla carry out the identical restore as Gruber did, but it surely’s good to see that there are individuals on the market which can be doing the work.
It’s protecting extra electrical automobiles on the street and it’s serving to convert gasoline mileage to electrical mileage.
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