% = Waste of everyone's time and concern ...
Should have just offered an 'EVs4dummies' insurance policy %
The case of the Tesla âÄúbrickâÄĚ http://www.geekosystem.com/tesla-charging-problems/
Uh-oh Tesla CanâÄôt Charge From 0% Battery, Can Be Permanently Bricked http://www.inquisitr.com/196764/that-nice-new-and-shiny-tels[..]
That nice new and shiny Telsa is amazingly easy to brick http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/02/tesla-roadsters-c[..]
Tesla Roadsters Can Become âÄėBrickedâÄô, Cost $40,000 to Fix http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1073280_bricking-a-tesla[..]
Bricking A Tesla Roadster Battery: Today's Electric Car Meme http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57383011-76/tesla-downplay[..]
Tesla downplays danger of 'bricked' battery http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/02/22/tesla-motors-downp[..]
Tesla Motors downplays threat of 'brick' problem http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/02/bricked-tesla-roadsters/
Tesla Dismisses Report of âÄėBrickedâÄô Roadsters http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/22/[..]
Tesla stock down on bad battery blog post http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/22/the-tesla-bricking-story-it[..]
The Tesla Bricking Story? ItâÄôs Nonsense http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1073312_is-tesla-brickin[..]
Is Tesla 'Bricking' Story Just An Angry Owner's Warranty Claim? ...
And now perhaps it all becomes clear.
The Tesla battery 'bricking' post that was today's electric-car news
story and generated reams of coverage may simply be an attempt by an
unhappy owner to get Tesla Motors to replace the battery in his
At least, that would appear to be the logical conclusion from a
letter we just received from a source.
It was sent by Roadster owner Max Drucker, of Santa Barbara,
California, to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, dated February 12.
Several points in the note and parts of the language echo parts of
the sensational blog post by author Michael Dagusta that kicked off
Drucker, the letter writer, admits in the letter that he left his
Roadster unplugged for more than two months--saying that he was in
temporary housing and "didn't have a convenient place" to plug in
And, he claims ignorance that such a thing was necessary: "I had no
idea I was putting the car at risk or obviously I would not be in
the position I am in now."
Tesla specifically warns the owner to keep the car plugged in, both
through its customer staff and in several places in owner manuals
From our earlier Q+A on the phenomenon of 'bricking':
Q: Does Tesla tell Roadster buyers to keep their cars plugged in?
A: Yes. It's prominently called out in the warranty and owner's
(We've provided three images from the Tesla Roadster owner's manual
and other documentation, in the gallery below, that highlight the
necessary care for the battery.)
Drucker's letter suggests there will be a "major public outcry" when
"middle-class families" who buy the upcoming Model S sedan
"accidentally let their batteries discharge."
And the letter suggests that this whole affair will become a "PR
nightmare for Tesla."
Drucker ends, "I am not going to write this off as a $40K mistake
and move on happily."
Read the complete text of the letter on the next page.
Then tell us in the Comments below: Who do you side with, aggrieved
owner Max Drucker or Tesla Motors?
Tesla Roadster owner's documentation, including warnings & restrictions
on battery state of charge]