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Tesla halves new-vehicle warranty period

Though Tesla’s new-vehicle warranty is now set at four years/80,000km, the cover for its batteries still extend to eight years.

Tesla Australia no longer boasts the longest warranty period Down Under, halving its aftersales care package from eight years/160,000km to four years/80,000km on vehicles purchased after February 1, 2019.

The move means Kia Australia’s seven year/unlimited kilometre warranty is now the longest-running, full-time, new-vehicle assurance in the country, matched by a promotion from Mitsubishi on its Triton ute at seven years/150,000km.

CarsGuide has contacted Tesla Australia to determine why the warranty period has changed, but we are still awaiting an answer.

However, battery and drive unit coverage is still set at eight years for Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles.

For 60kWh battery versions of the Model S and Model X manufactured before 2015, the warranty will cover up to 200,000km of travel.

The just-launched Model 3 battery and drive unit meanwhile, will be covered up to 160,000km for the Standard Range Plus and Performance variants, while the Long Range version is warranted for 192,000km of travel.

All Model 3 batteries are also guaranteed to retain a minimum of 70 per cent of its capacity over the period of the warranty.

According to the electric vehicle (EV) maker, “these warranties cover the repair or replacement necessary to correct defects in the materials or workmanship of any parts manufactured or supplied by Tesla, which occur under normal use”.