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Tesla listens to customers and walks back all software performance reductions tied to frequent use of max power

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Last month, we reported on Tesla limiting the power output of its performance vehicles after frequent use of ‘launch mode’ and max power. It’s something other sports car manufacturers do in order to prevent premature wear of components due to the high stress placed on them during those launches.

The revelation frustrated several owners because it wasn’t actually communicated to them in any way. After our report, Tesla quickly corrected that, but now they went a step further this week and decided to completely walk back all software performance reductions tied to the frequent use of max power.

Tesla’s President of Sales and Service, Jon McNeill, confirmed the news last night in the very thread on the Tesla Motors Club forum where owners were sharing their discontent with the measure taken by the automaker.

He said that it should be fixed “in about three weeks” and that the fix is based on the inputs of the owners:

“Based on your input, we have decided to remove all software performance reductions tied to frequent max power usage. These changes will roll out with our next software update (in about three weeks).

Instead of implementing software limitations to the power output, the company will keep monitoring the parts that could be affected by frequent max power use and replace them during service if needed.

McNeill added:

We had put these reductions in place to proactively protect the powertrain from wear and tear. Instead, we will monitor the condition of the powertrain and let our customers know if service is needed so that we can take proactive steps, such as by replacing parts if necessary, to maintain the vehicle’s performance.

Electrek confirmed with Tesla that the part replacements will be covered by the warranty and they will try to proactively replace them before failure occurs for safety reasons and in order to avoid any inconvenience to the owners.

It’s a move that will certainly appease several owners of performance Model S and X, especially the few who were already affected by the limitations – we received reports from 3 owners who saw the max power output of their P90Ds being reduced presumably due to those limitations, but it’s safe to assume that more were affected.

What do you think of the solution and Tesla’s quick reaction? Let us know in the comment section below.


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