Tesla has added a strange new warning about putting 2017-era batteries on sale in all-new 2021 Model 3 vehicles for sale.
With the end of the year just weeks away, Tesla is in the midst of a flurry of deliveries to keep inventory as low as possible.
CEO Elon Musk told employees they don’t have to go all out like they usually do this quarter, but the automaker is still trying to cut inventory to improve its finances.
This includes the sale of demonstration and test-drive vehicles.
Tesla sells these vehicles as new in its inventory, where they have started appearing over the past few days.
Several people have pointed out a very strange warning that Tesla has added to some of these Model 3 “demo” vehicles:
“This vehicle was built with a battery pack manufactured as early as 2017. Although this pack was new when the vehicle was built, the cells have reduced capacity due to age and you can expect a reduction in autonomy of up to 12% compared to current production. Features.”
We were able to find several of these Model 3s being sold as “new inventory” as demo vehicles on Tesla’s website:
The warning appears on Model 3 vehicles that are listed as model year 2021 and have just over 1,000 miles on the odometer – likely for test drives.
It is a strange situation difficult to explain.
Tesla gives the impression that they had old batteries from 2017 which they decided to install in the new 2021 vehicles.
It’s hard to know why without Tesla disclosing it, but the automaker is no longer accepting questions from the press.
Also, the automaker doesn’t seem to be giving deep discounts to these vehicles because the prices are quite high, but that’s the case across the industry right now.
It’s hard to know for sure what happened here without Tesla commenting further.
Tesla mentions both packs and cells in the disclaimer, but it specifically states that all of the packs were manufactured as early as 2017.
Why would Tesla sit on batteries made in 2017, which was very early in the Model 3 production ramp-up?
And why would he decide to put them in cars now?
Of course, it needs more batteries. We know battery production is a bottleneck, but what’s stopped them from putting batteries in cars until now?
Your guess is as good as mine. Let us know in the comment section below.
2017 was the start of the Model 3 production ramp-up.
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