Tesla has some good, yet pricey, news for those on the right (no, we aren’t talking politics).
The report is for hundreds of Tesla Model S and X owners in Australia whose orders for new electric vehicles were nixed when the company decided not to make the vehicles for right-hand driving configuration, according to a story from The Driven, an EV news site Down Under.
Now, Tesla is offering to upgrade older Aussie S and X models with new, larger batteries. The 90-kilowatt-hour or 100-kilowatt-hour upgrades cost about $17,500 and $29,250 (USD, as of mid-November), respectively, all per The Driven.
If the upgrade gets the car to the 489km expected range of a 90D… with a new warranty… then that might be worth it. Where's this news from Nash. Any more detail? 🙏— EcoBenno (@ecobenno) October 29, 2023
In Australia, EV sales were up 202% during the first nine months of 2023. There were more than 65,000 EVs registered during that time. Tesla is the far-and-away leader, with nearly 38,000 vehicles sold, all per CarExpert.
However, a long list of other brands also have market share, including BYD. Its Dolphin is being marketed there as a cheaper alternative, at the equivalent of around $26,000 (USD) per CarExpert as of October.
“That may be a good option for some owners who would like to keep their unlimited supercharging status as well, helping them travel farther with the ever-increasing supercharger sites across the country,” Riz Akhtar wrote about the upgrade offer for The Driven.
And, while it’s not a new car, it appears to be welcome news for at least some Tesla owners posting on X (also owned by Elon Musk).
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