Tesla Is Selling 2021 Model 3s With Degraded Batteries From 2017

When someone buys a new car, they generally expect to be getting a vehicle that’s fully up-to-date, not one built with leftover parts. Tesla customers who don’t read the fine print, though, could accidentally end up paying the price for a “new” Model 3 with a years-old battery, one which Tesla acknowledges may have already lost almost an eighth of its total capacity.

Use of older batteries in new Model 3s was first observed on Twitter, where user William Hummel shared images of a disclaimer on Tesla’s website that notes up to 12 percent reduced range stemming from the cars’ use of batteries built as far back as 2017. These screen captures were not of Tesla’s online configurator as Hummel’s use of “new car” might lead one to believe, but from Tesla’s inventory page, where “new” Model 3s are indeed listed for sale with the range disclaimer shown, along with a partial explanation accessed via the “Learn More” button.

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