Voiding Battery Warranties


According to a recent report, several Tesla Roadster owners have started complaining of their $109,000 vehicles, with one on particular saying that the vehicle had become very expensive bricks.

The issue centered on the Tesla advisories regarding leaving the vehicle unplugged for extended periods of time. What occurs, is that extended periods of not being plugged in could slowly discharge the 52 kWh battery pack, making them unusable and leaving their owners with a $40,000 repair bill to reactivate the vehicle.

The owner of the Roadster that “bricked” was Max Drucker and he sent an email to Elon Musk, Tesla CEO. In the said letter, Drucker did admit that he left his Roadster unplugged for more than two months because of “temporary housing situation without a convenient place” to plug in the car. He further claimed that he had no idea that such a situation would occur.

For its part, Tesla specifically warns its owners to keep the vehicles plugged in. The advisories were given by both customer staff and in several places within the owner’s manuals for the vehicles. He further advised that such an issue must be squarely addressed, especially when middle class owners purchase the Model S that would soon hit the market. Not only did the letter highlight this for Tesla, but for other electric car owners in the market today.

Another major issue with another electric car company is the battery warranty. Nissan is now facing a bit of an issue regarding the cancellation instances for the battery warranty. Despite multiple advisories, the following are the instances where the battery warranty may be invalidated. These include exposure to temperatures above 120 F over 24 hours or less than -13F more than seven days, purposeful damage, or unapproved maintenance on the battery packs, no liquids or flames exposed to the battery pack.

Do remember that the owner signs the warranty card, protecting the manufacturer. Better read the manual before using the electric car, especially the pricey ones.