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The electric car community is up in arms about a story involving a “dead” Tesla Roadster and its owner. Max Drucker, a Tesla Roadster owner had the unfortunate experience of his beloved Roadster’s battery dying after being parked in a garage for two months. Drucker left the Roadster in the garage, unplugged, which caused the battery to die. Upon having it towed to a Tesla service center, Tesla determined that the battery in his Roadster needed to be replaced at an astronomical cost of $40,000. After receiving the bad news, Drucker sent a letter to Tesla CEO Elon Musk about his unhappiness with his “bricked” Roadster, claiming a design flaw caused the battery to die. But Tesla is denying these charges, saying that Drucker failed to properly care for the automobile.

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  1. jbfalaska June 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Volt has memory protection. Simply can’t happen. The Tesla should step up and take car of the design issue at the very least. 6,000 laptop batteries are hard to buy and configured. That’s a lot of foriegn battery cost.

  2. Wevenhuis February 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    If the analogy by Tesla is correct they are actually advertising that fuel cars are still the better choice of electric. A stored fuel car in the garage will still function optimally after two months, with no bricking or need for an oil change, whilst an electric car unplugged will probably will have to be replaced for a preposterous amount of money. Thus it looks like we’ll still be stuck with fuel dependency till we get the formula right for longterm battery dependancy and less plugged in dependancy. That is after all, what we are all aiming for. It is us who determine when we power up and maintain the car properly, not the technology.

  3. caeman February 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This is going to be a PR disaster for Tesla. There is simply no excuse for this. Their example of “engines requiring oil changes” is so not the same thing as this problem. And at $40,000, that is price of new Prius. If this were an engine’d car, per their analogy, a new engine would only cost about a few thousand dollars, not $40k.

  4. mkitty February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    They could have a better design. Other electric cars have a normal, cheap, 12V car (or even MC) battery for the always-on systems and only use the expensive batteries for actually driving the car, and disconnect the expensive batteries when parked without charging. Mind, the expensive batteries *will* discharge over time even disconnected, but it’ll take a year or two.

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