The service works like this: owners of Tesla Model S units sign up for the plan at the company’s website. A while later, they receive the BMD, which must be plugged into the vehicle’s diagnostic port. The Model S will have to be driven for at least 50 miles to allow the gadget to evaluate how healthy the battery pack is. If all is clear, 057 Technology activates the service, which lasts for two years counting from when the warranty expires.
The idea is to offer peace of mind for these owners after Tesla is not liable to replace the battery pack anymore. The sooner you hire the service, the cheaper it is. If the battery pack is more than 12 months from warranty expiration, 057 Technology will charge you $1,799.
The service covers failures and errors of the battery pack that prevent the car from driving. 057 Technology stresses that loss of range and other complaints related to regular use of the vehicle are not covered, as well as fire, “even if that fire is somehow thought to be the fault of the battery pack.”
The values also cover repairs that may be necessary to keep the battery pack in good shape and ultimately even replace it at no extra cost if necessary, making it sound like a pretty good deal. As 057 Technology reminds us, such a repair can cost up to $40,000.
According to 057 Technology, it may “assist the customer with (the) pursuit of a warranty replacement or service with Tesla by providing information from the Battery Monitoring Device to Tesla directly or speaking with Tesla on behalf of the customer, if requested by the customer.” Having a knowledgeable party advocating for your consumer rights can be a big plus. The risk is that Tesla tries to dodge responsibility, but that’s another story.
As one should expect, the service is only valid for cars that still have their original battery packs, even if they are no longer under warranty. That’s what ensures that nobody modified the battery packs in a way that could make their behavior unpredictable. That said, savaged cars or those that already had their battery packs repaired are not eligible.
The Model X should be added in a few weeks, and the Model 3 and Model Y could get this by the end of the year, but that is just an estimate at this point. The Model S went through a two-year closed beta program before it was ready to go. The Tesla Hacker is also studying to offer the BMD as a stand-alone service, without the service plan. In this case, it could be just a valuable diagnostics tool to prevent issues.
What people should have in mind is that service plan repairs are only performed by 057 Technology in its stores. Currently, there’s only one in Hickory, North Carolina, which limits the product. Getting the cars there to be fixed is the customers’ job. Expenses to take them to Hickory are not included in the service plan. Despite that, this may be an excellent solution for Tesla Model S owners in the U.S. and even in Canada, willing to make their EVs last as much as possible.
057 Technology is now offering Tesla Model S High Voltage Battery Service Plans with Monitoring ????— Jason Hughes (@wk057) January 31, 2022
* Includes pack service AND replacements for covered failures!
* Monitoring device to catch issues early! (Required)
* Starts at $1,799.
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