Musk Says Tesla Model 3 Can Travel A Million Miles Between Services

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.


  • I’mCallingYouOut

    You could drive to the moon and back, twice, with miles to spare. God damn!

    • Zed68

      That’s the plan.

  • Maricaibo

    Fossil fuels are the past. Big discussion at F1 this weekend whether F1 will be around in a few years as manufacturers embrace hybrids and electric vehicles and Formula E gets bigger.

    • Vassilis

      It will probably be around the same way horse racing is around. As a sport to remember the good old days. We’re talking about many years though. 20 or so.

  • Adilos Nave

    See, this is where the tech world just doesn’t get it and is feeding their customers bad information. The electric motor may not need service in a million miles but the tires, brakes, fluids and other wear items will still need the same amount of maintenance as on a ICE car. I can seriously see some of these customers hearing this and never having their car looked at. And having service done at home sounds awfully nice except that a lot of service items require large and expensive equipment to perform, so a van sitting in your driveway just isn’t going to cut it.

    • AJ Mieskolainen

      Somebody didn’t read the entire article:

      3rd paragraph:

      “Obviously, consumables used by the electric vehicle will have to be serviced more regularly than that, including the brakes and tires.”

      • Adilos Nave

        ha ha, whoops! Thanks for pointing that out!

    • eye.surgeon

      Brakes won’t need servicing much. My Model S has 25k miles on it and the brake pads and rotors look like new, I hardly use the brakes.

  • BlackPegasus

    Fun with math 😀

    To drive a million miles in a Model 3 you will need to charge your Tesla 4,545 times for each 220 mile segment of your journey.

    For $9K more you can drive 310 miles per segment of your million mile adventure with only 3,225 battery charges needed.

    • eye.surgeon

      95% of those charges will be done in your garage while you sleep.

  • Dustin

    Musk talks a lot. I’d like to see that talk confidently backed up. In this case, instead of an (apparently entirely useless) eight year battery warranty – (which happens to be the minimum battery warranty required by California law, by the way) – why not make it a half-million-mile warranty? If they’re designed to make it a million miles service-free, and they only make it 1/2 that amount, wouldn’t that be a failure of design?

  • ediotsavant

    Thank goodness there’s millions upon millions upon millions of fossil fuel cars will be around​ in the future still need to be serviced. Mechanics still have a job.

    • Status

      Mechanics will still be needed for EV’s.

  • haudit

    Are people actually buying this horseshit claim? Tesla couldn’t even get the Model X’s doors right first time, and their build quality is still a bit more FCA than Toyota, so I wouldn’t put any great stock in their claim of a million miles between services for the electric motor.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I had a chance to buy a Model S. The interior is terrible. The quality is piss poor and fitments and gaps were wide and uneven. I knew it was a huge no no when it used Chrysler switch gear.

      • haudit

        I can well believe it, but the Tesla fanboys will insist that anyone and everyone who understands anything about basic engineering is wrong. In their minds, Tesla’s products are absolutely flawless, perfect creations. It’s our expectation of everyday usability, reliability and decent assembly that are incorrect!

        • BGM

          You said it: fanbois. That’s the only word you need. There may not be a religion built around this blowhard but there’s certainly a cult.

    • I’mCallingYouOut
      • haudit

        If you want to enjoy a cheaply manufactured car with unproven reliability sold on the back of a very, very dubious claim, go right ahead.

  • TotallyDisqusted

    Anyone who believes this hasn’t been keeping up with model S repairs over the years.

    • eye.surgeon

      I’ve had my Model S 3 years and have yet to personally visit a service center.

      • TotallyDisqusted

        That’s good – but not the norm. I imagine the Model 3s powertrain will be greatly improved, but it’s a bit hyperbolic for Musk to claim a million miles between servicing.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    That’s like what, 1/33 the way to MARS!! WOW! Will there be stops along the way to service?

  • Six_Tymes

    i wonder how many hours of charging time that would equate to?

  • gary4205

    Someone arrest this con man.

  • hughie522

    Proposed Onion headline: “Elon Musk says Model 3 can fly, cure cancer.” 😛

  • dolsh

    “The next generation powertrains [used in the Model 3] are designed to be a million miles between services” is not the same as “you can go a million miles between services.” Not even close.

    Just because Ikea chairs are designed to see 6 Million butts in their lifetime doesn’t mean they actually will.

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