Tesla Owners Headed to a Big Crisis by 2020 as Warranty Expires.
Just before you make that big decision of going completely green in cars and ordering a Tesla there are some important things you need to consider. As long as I can remember that’s how long it’s been since my Tesla Model S was damaged in an accident, and I still don’t have my car back. That’s nearly eight months of rather large monthly payments for a car I’m unable to drive; nearly eight months of incrementally higher costs associated with insurance and registration for a car that’s sitting in the shop; nearly eight months of having to find and arrange alternative transportation; nearly eight months of having to buy gas again, while the gas savings had previously helped to offset said large monthly payments; nearly eight months of impatiently waiting to get back a car that I absolutely love; and nearly eight months of regularly prodding Tesla for updates with little to no response.
You may assume that my car was involved in some sort of catastrophic collision that would require hours upon hours of labor to repair. No. It was a run-of-the-mill accident. Tesla is predominantly responsible for why it is taking so long, because out of those eight months, over five of them have been spent doing nothing but waiting for parts, yes parts that the problem right there. Tesla doesn’t give patent rights to other companies to manufacture parts on their behave and them concentrating on the designs and productions of newer models they leave no space for after sales services, a thing that works well with dealers and third party garages.
Having read numerous reviews and stories of those who had ditched gasoline sometimes back and now they are back to the petrol station whereas their green cars sit in some unknown repairs shops gathering dust is devastating. More so the manufacturer doesn’t seem to care much about the issue. Am sure most of you by now know the Tesla doesn’t allow anyone out of their workshops to carry out repairs. Having in mind that they only warrant their cars for 8 years and having started the first commercials/consumer production models. Am yet to understand how they will deal with the crisis after 2020.
I have come to a conclusion that the main reason behind this is the security that was put in place by Tesla. The OPEN Source security to any patent rights is a big thank Apple was able to deal with it after many years of market lockout by Microsoft. Open-source doesn’t mean less secure than proprietary. It doesn’t mean that someone could override security features. To the contrary, being open-source would mean you make even more sure by good design (open proven security features instead of being tempted to use “security by obscurity”). It would allow to public scrutiny of the security and to increase the level of confidence. With proprietary solutions, such kind of scrutiny is only available to deep pockets or to people with lots of paid spare time, and it doesn’t make it safer.
Just to give an example: With an open-source approach, each data-packet changing acceleration or steering would most probably be encrypted and signed with a hardware-dependent key, and the acceleration control would have a short timeout to slow down quickly and safely in case it looses its safe controlling signal. And in case of tinkering detected (e.g. wrong signatures, the system would disable itself, with proper error message) In proprietary approach with “secrecy by obscurity”, some might think that these extra-safety features are not needed! But maybe some of these are implemented, but with proprietary secretive implementation, only Tesla and reverse-engineers with lots of spare time could know.
However having understood the fundamental issue that is behind Tesla single patent rights it good now to understand what people out there think about Tesla monopoly of production. People think that Tesla can kill a training mechanic unless he works for Tesla, that’s a myth unless it’s a time bomb then cars that are turned off can’t kill their mechanic unless he drops a match in the gas tank. This car can. I hope people understand that 400 Volts is lethal and available even when the car is off.
For instance if you learned about how EVs and Hybrids are engineered you would realize there is no power leaving the battery pack unless the car is turned on and READY to be driven. There are countless safeguards built into these vehicles. There is also no known instance of a technician or first responder getting killed by electricity by working on or being around an EV or Hybrid, even during an accident. If this were to happen, it would be front page news. However all Tesla technicians wear 1 inch rubber soles and do not allow customers into the service areas. If you learned how electricity works then you would understand anytime there is a difference in potential (volts) closing of a circuit causes electrons to flow. Cutting off a relay to make the power cable cold in a car that is off does not remove the voltage potential in the car it just isolates it and, of course, relays never stick or fail. If you mess with 400 Volt hardware it is a pretty good idea to know what you are doing. Read the Tesla first responder’s manual and then you will understand how Tesla work.
Bottom line from us here we still can’t advise anyone to go green at the moment until the law is changed and obey on the patent part, else you might find yourself paying for a car that in for simple repair for month. Generally Tesla’s weakness here is certainly related to its ability to produce parts, which continues to improve every month. Theoretically, parts production should accelerate as Tesla continues to ramp its overall manufacturing capacity, which is not happening, one of the bizarre stories of Tesla customer from Bangladeshi had to ship his car back to the US for minor repairs. Quite expensive else they wouldn’t repair it beacuse they don’t have a workshop in the Middle East region. Just before you buy it know it.