You could buy a new car for the price of a Tesla replacement battery. $22,000 USD is what a Finnish Tesla owner was quoted when they inquired to the company.
In the write-up by electrek, they establish how these hefty costs haven't been a problem for owners until more recently. The Model S in particular first being produced back in 2012 with an eight-year warranty
Meet Tuomas Katainen. Instead of bothering to replace his 2013 Tesla car battery, he elected to blow up his vehicle.
"When I bought that Tesla, the first 1500 km were nice. It was [an] excellent car so far. Then error codes hit in, so I ordered [a] tow truck to take my car in a service. So [the] car was about a month in a Tesla dealers workshop, and finally I got a call that they can’t do anything for my car, [the] only option is to change [the] whole battery cell."
Katainen didn’t like the price tag. "So I told them that I’m coming to pick [up] Tesla, now I’m going to explode [the] whole car away."
Luckily he knew both YouTubers and had access to a team of explosives experts, as well as a safe site to do the deed.
The Biden administration during their first year focused on prioritizing electric cars in their climate change agenda. The EPA recently set out new fuel efficiency guidelines for all new vehicles going forward.
Meanwhile, Canadian Liberals expressed skepticism about the feasibility of electric cars long-term.