Tesla (TSLA -1.4%) fights back against a blogger who claimed that Roadster batteries died if...


Tesla (TSLA -1.4%) fights back against a blogger who claimed that Roadster batteries died if they weren't recharged for a few months. CEO Elon Musk calls the supposed threat an "irrational fear."
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  • wyostocks
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    This should be an easy one to either prove or disprove.
    What are the facts?
    24 Feb 2012, 01:15 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Pace
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    Tesla's official response: http://bit.ly/xvIexs
    27 Feb 2012, 03:47 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    Doesn't say if it will become a "brick" after some prolonged time.
    Sounds like a lot of PR to me. No problrm though as I ain't buying one anyway.
    27 Feb 2012, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • Rjjr38
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    They are a newer car company. It may just take a little time to work out a few bugs.
    24 Feb 2012, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    I don't think someone who just shelled out $100,000 for one of their cars wants to hear that.
    24 Feb 2012, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • Driver76
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    Let's be rational. A car simply and suddenly doesn't become a brick one morning on the way to work. Seriously.

     

    The Tesla is an automobile... and like EVERY automobile on the road, I can expect damage to occur if I fail to maintain it. For a hundred years, we've known that we MUST change our oil, air filter, fluids, spark plugs, transmission fluid, coolant, etc. We spend hundreds of dollars keeping our internal combustion engines happy with gallons of various fluids. Right?

     

    To prevent breakdown. Right?

     

    So, why lose sleep after finding out that the Tesla requires maintenance to prevent battery damage?

     

    I am a high school teacher with a hope to own a Tesla one day... but I certainly won't lose sleep when I find out that my Tesla battery has maintenance requirements to stay in good shape.

     

    My Ford will also BRICK if I neglect oil changes... and all those other fluid changes. Let's not panic.
    24 Feb 2012, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    You obviously have not read the story. According to the story, it becomes a brick when the battery is allowed to fully discharge to zero, nada, nil.

     

    As an aside, if a high school teacher can afford to buy a $100,000 car it reinforced my thesis that you are all over paid.
    24 Feb 2012, 01:45 PM Reply Like
  • Robert.Boston
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    Dropping the battery to "0 miles" isn't a big deal; it's leaving unattended for weeks or months.

     

    The business partner of the blogger put his Tesla Roadster in a storage unit for two months, unplugged. There are 5 separate places in the owner's manual where this sort of mistreatment of the car is explicitly warned against. More recent buyers sign a contract, with a separately initialed line, agreeing not to abuse the batteries like this.

     

    If you put diesel fuel in your gas-powered car, you'd have a huge expense recovering from the damage. People know not to do something so stupid because, well, we've just learned it over time as we own cars. (It's mentioned, once, in my car's manual.) As people gain experience with EVs, they'll learn that you can't just leave it unattended for months at a time, unplugged.
    24 Feb 2012, 02:27 PM Reply Like
  • hotnutsjesus
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    http://bit.ly/zyJY60
    28 Feb 2012, 09:29 AM Reply Like
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