Tesla started to programmatically stop older Model S vehicles from traveling up to 128km in the US after paying maintenance. According to a source, this was done to collect a ransom of $ 4,500 from users. The company will return full mileage after payment.
One Twitter user stated that his friend had changed the battery on his Model S 60. The range will increase to 550 km. This is similar to the Model S 90’s 90 kWh battery. The owner later turned to the service for help. After that, the car was able to travel up to 422km, much like the Model S60. The service stated that they could return the car for $ 4,500 if they proved their case.
The thread was viral and Tesla took notice of it, promising to unlock the full 90 kWh battery capacity for free.
This is not the first instance of this type of case in the company’s history. Tesla previously sold Model S electric cars with a limited programmatic mileage. The Model S 40 and Model S 60 were different in terms of their equipment, however. Both models used 60 kWh batteries, while the older model had a 40 kWh limit.
It was initially offered a full capacity unlock for a fee by Tesla, but it was abandoned. However, it appears that these “locked” batteries can still be used in the event there is a warranty replacement and owners are not informed about this.
Additionally, Standard Connectivity services and the Tesla-branded navigator will be paid.