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Battery Electric Vehicle Reliability & Maintenance

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In this paper we will explore electric vehicle reliability and maintenance requirements, and primarily focus on Teslas. Also Tesla has announced their fourth quarter deliveries. These are included along with the other quarterly deliveries from 2019 for comparison.

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Matt Chester on Jan 7, 2020 10:39 pm GMT

Great info, thanks for sharing John.

I drive an EV, but not a Tesla-- a Chevrolet Bolt. I imagine Tesla's maintenance process is streamlined because they know what they're dealing with, but I'll add in anecdotal evidence from having one from a traditional ICE maker. The service people at their lots are still really playing catchup-- I took my car in for scheduled maintenance the other week, and when I was checking in had the mechanic ask me what type of maintenance an electric car needed. As much as I read about these, I didn't know how to answer-- they were the ones that called me and said it was time for my scheduled maintenance!

Just a small story, but goes to show how much education and awareness there still is to get out there-- even among those who work in the car industry. 

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John Benson on Jan 8, 2020 4:43 pm GMT

Hi Matt:

Maybe you can send your mechanic a PDF of my article. On the other hand maybe not, he'd just get depressed. But maybe he would like a job maintaining Teslas - go through the link below, lots of openings.,5_KO6,31.htm

Of course that wouldn't help you get your Bolt serviced.


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Matt Chester on Jan 8, 2020 5:19 pm GMT

I can definitely imagine it being a scary time if it looks like your trade is being replaced with a new tech, hopefully those who will be around long enough for the EV takeover will see the writing on the wall and start training up on the EV/Tesla/Bolt skills!

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John Benson on Jan 8, 2020 6:50 pm GMT

Actually, although Tesla trains their techs, they prefer to start out with existing auto techs.

Also the displacement of EVs will take several decades, and I expect the good auto techs will always have a job regardless of what type of vehicle they specialize in.


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