Tesla chief executive Elon Musk is so confident in the entry-level Model 3 that he thinks owners will rarely have to take it in for a service.
In fact, at the global launch of the first Model 3 production vehicles in Fremont, California, Musk said according to Car Advice that “the next generation powertrains [used in the Model 3] are designed to be a million miles between services.”
Obviously, consumables used by the electric vehicle will have to be serviced more regularly than that, including the brakes and tires. Nevertheless, Musk is very optimistic about the longevity of the electric motor, drivetrain and battery cells.
In the U.S., the Model 3 comes standard with a four-year warranty and an eight-year battery warranty. Despite the company’s outspoken leader believing that EVs will require little maintenance in the future, Musk did say Tesla is embarking on a worldwide service center expansion and eventually wants to offer the ability for vehicles to be serviced at the owner’s home.
The standard Tesla Model 3 starts at $35,000 before any incentives and will have an EPA-estimated range of 220 miles (354 km). For $9,000 more, customers can opt for the Model 3 Long Range and have 310 miles (498 km) of range at their disposal.
Additionally, the Model 3 comes with all the hardware necessary for full autonomy, meaning there’s no less than eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and forward radar.