The True Cost of Replacing a 2022 Model 3 Battery (Out of Warranty)

Jesus Sisco
Jesus Sisco
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A Facebook post in the group Tesla Model 3 and Y Australia has revealed the cost of replacing a 202 model Y/3 that is out of warranty.

Regan M received a quote of $16,796.02 to replace the battery of his basic 2022 Model 3 Tesla. This breaks down to $14,309.11 in parts, and $960 in labour (plus tax). While the poster didn’t need to replace the battery, he was curious about the cost.

A 2022 Model 3 is in warranty until 2030, or until the 160,000km has been driven.

According to Elon Musk on Twitter, Tesla car batteries are supposed to technically last for 300,000 (482,803km) to 500,000 miles (804,672), which is 1,500 battery cycles. That’s between 22 and 37 years for the average car driver.

While in older Tesla models like S/X you could get individual battery modules replaced, modern packs are encased in potting material, meaning it’s a full pack battery replacement, even for minor issues.

Many commenters on the thread suggested roughly $16K for what is essentially a “brand new car” is a fair price, especially when compared to the cost of a new engine.

This is roughly the same price as The Tesla Powerwall II, which costs between $13,500 – $16,000.

Some commenters were sceptical of the price, suggesting a 60kWhr battery would not be that cheap. Several US forums suggest a new battery is around USD $30K (AUD $44K). However, other forums suggest a new battery for the 3/Y model is anywhere between $11,000-$13,000 USD (AUD $16,000-$19,000).

In 2019, Elon Musk said replacing battery modules costs between $5,000 and $7,000 (USD). Each Tesla model uses between four and five battery modules per vehicle, meaning a complete replacement will set you back between $20,000 and $35,000. This is not the same pricing for the 3/Y models, with the battery pack structure being different and not containing modules like former models.

It’s unclear the true cost, and when the time comes that your battery needs replacing, it would be worthwhile shopping around to find the best deal.