Hate visiting your car’s service centre? If all goes according to plan, for Tesla, you might be in luck. At the launch of its all-new Tesla Model 3 this week, the Californian car maker made the bold claim that the new model will require servicing… almost never.
Speaking to media and guests at the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said: “The next generation powertrains are designed to be a million miles between services,” Musk said.
The Model 3 uses a brand-new electric motor, battery cells and drivetrain in comparison to the Model S and X. While Musk didn’t qualify his statement, we imagine that things like battery coolant, wiper fluids, tyres and brakes – as consumables – would require regular servicing and replacement.
Tesla’s Model 3 launches with a four-year warranty for the vehicle and an eight-year warranty for the battery system.
The company is in the midst of a massive service centre and supercharger expansion, which Musk says is on track to remove a need to visit a service centre ever.
“As far as service is concerned, we’re adding a tonne more service centres, as well as…the ability to service cars at people’s homes. Service wait times are very low,” Musk said.
Soon customers will be able to schedule services via the vehicle’s infotainment screen. The service schedule will be a live look at available time slots at Tesla service centres and will also allow customers to organise a service at home or at work where the car doesn’t need to leave premises.
Tesla currently offers service centres in Melbourne and Sydney, with a Brisbane service centre set to open shortly.