Tesla drops electric vehicle annual maintenance ‘recommendation’

Tesla now suggests replacing parts after a couple of years

Tesla is dropping its recommendation to have most of its vehicles annually maintained, according to its car maintenance policy page.

On the older site, Tesla recommends ‘regular maintenance service,’ which is either a 12-month or 20,000km check-up, to “optimize the performance, reliability, durability, safety and resell value of your Tesla.”

However, the updated site states that electric vehicles require less maintenance than gasoline-powered cars, since the EV doesn’t need oil changes, fuel filter or spark plug replacements, emission checks and regular brake pad swaps.

Tesla instead recommends a new timeframe for parts that may need to be replaced.

The automaker suggests that the cabin air filter should be replaced every two years, the High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters swapped after three years and a brake fluid test after two years.

Tesla also recommends that the air conditioning to be serviced depending on its vehicles, with the Model S every two years, Model X every four years and Model 3 every six years.

It’s important to note that this maintenance policy change is only viewable on the American site.

Tesla’s Canadian page has not been updated with Tesla’s new recommendations, but it’s likely that it will be applied soon. MobileSyrup has reached out to Tesla for confirmation.

Source: Tesla