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Replacing The Battery Pack On A Tesla Model 3 Costs More Than You Think
Recurrent reports that replacing the battery of a Tesla Model 3 costs about $15,800, or one-third of the total price of the car in 2022. That works out to around $180 per KWh and, even though more than the average cost of replacing a Nissan Leaf battery, the cost per KWh is fairly competitive for the Model 3 when compared to hybrids and plug-in hybrids.
Tesla's official limited warranty covers the battery replacement for a Model 3 Rear-Wheel Drive for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever happens first. Tesla may choose to repair the damaged battery or replace it with a new one; however, the automaker warns the replacement may not restore the battery to a "like new" condition.
The easiest way to delay an expensive EV battery replacement is by not charging the EV all the way up every time; in fact, automakers generally recommend targeting an 80-90% maximum charge for day to day use. More heat degrades the battery, so avoiding a complete charge should help keep the eventual replacement at bay.