Elon Musk Reveals Whether Tesla Will Upgrade Older Models


You were mistaken if you thought that your first Tesla would be the last car you’d ever need to buy. Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to answer a question which many are wondering, how can someone who has already purchased a Tesla stay up to speed with the latest updates and innovations?

For car buyers that are looking for a vehicle which will never go out of date, Tesla is probably not for you. As indicated by Elon Musk, Teslas will be getting major updates every 12 to 18 months which if your car doesn’t have them and a software update can’t change it, you’ll just need to buy a newer model.

The serial entrepreneur took to Twitter to answer questions many have about the the electric car company’s update schedule, and Musk revealed that Tesla plans to move at the speed of innovation… which is quite the breakneck pace. Elon Musk made his stance on the issue known in a reply to a tweet asking about the future potential for customers to get paid upgrades on their older model Teslas for features like the latest sensors, computers, and technology which is available in the HW2-equipped Teslas.

Speaking of updates, all of the HW2 cars saw autopilot rolled out yesterday as also tweeted by Musk. HW2 is what the automaker calls its second-generation self-driving hardware found in its newer models, including the Model S and X.

Musk added, “If we applied resources to doing super complex retrofits, our pace of innovation would drop dramatically,” noting that there’s simply no easy way of “replacing 300+ parts.” In other words, if you desire the most up-to-date Tesla, you’ll need to buy a new one.

That news comes with frustration to many customers, many of which are used to the five year update schedule you can expect with most auto manufacturers – meaning you can expect your car to remain consistent in both design and functionality for around five years (apart for some small changes).

If you buy a Tesla however, you can expect the company to not slow down it’s pace of innovation for you or your wallet. Since Teslas have a premium price tag on them, it doesn’t sound very cost effective to be buying a new one every 18 months just to make sure you have the latest features and tech.

This is the philosophy which Elon Musk and his rapidly growing electric car company have adopted moving forward. If you agree that technology moves faster than your wallet may be able to afford, Tesla agrees with you.