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Tesla Says its Model S Battery Will Not ‘Brick’

The soon-to-be available electric Tesla Model S sedan will not experience permanent battery failure that has been reported in earlier Tesla models, like the Roadster, whose batteries had to be replaced if they completed discharged, the manufacturer said.

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The Model S (left) will begin production in 2012, and an update to the Roadster (right) will be launched in 2014Share This Story
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Blogger and Tesla Roadster owner Michael Degusta reported several cases of Roadsters becoming “bricked” when their batteries have been completely discharged, leading the vehicles to become inoperable and requiring a $40,000 replacement of the battery, an issue not covered by the Tesla warranty.

Degusta described bricking in his Feb. 21 blog post, stating that if the battery “is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a ‘brick’: a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street. The only known remedy is for the owner to pay Tesla approximately $40,000 to replace the entire battery.”
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