Tesla is launching new all-electric service vehicles based on Model S and
Model X next year
Oct. 19th 2017 Fred Lambert
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Tesla is about to come out with a new all-electric service vehicle based on
the Model S and Model X vehicles, according to Jon McNeill, Tesla’s
President of Global Sales and Services.
The new vehicles will be used to replace service vans – pictured above – in
Tesla’s mobile service program as soon as next year, said the executive.
McNeill was at Tesla’s ‘owner social’ event in Amsterdam earlier this week.
Owners present at his presentation relayed to Electrek some interesting
information that he revealed.
When talking about Tesla’s current mobile vans, McNeill said:
“We didn’t think that it was very cool to show up to fix an electric
vehicle with a combustion engine van. It really bugged us. Some really savvy
technicians on our team figured out how to retrofit Model X to fit all the
tooling and parts needed to do service.”
That is actually impressive when you look at the type of equipment that they
currently have in their ICE service vans, which they claim can fix over 80%
of the issues on Tesla’s vehicles
It will be interesting to see a Model X with the same or equivalent
equipment, but that’s not all.
The executive added that they also figured out how to retrofit Model S with
the same equipment. The modifications are apparently important enough that
the vehicles need to be approved by road authorities, which McNeill expects
will happen next year.
“It will be an electric vehicle fixing an electric vehicle.”
The new vehicles will apparently be an important part of Tesla’s service
strategy going forward since it recently doubled down on its mobile service
Last quarter, Tesla announced plans to triple service capacity with 1,400
new techs, 350 new service vans, and in-car scheduling.
I expect this move will be welcomed here since “how come the van is not
electric?” is almost always the first comment on our articles about Tesla’s
What I find especially interesting is that when also accounting for the
upcoming launch of Tesla Semi, the company’s new all-electric heavy-duty
truck, Tesla will have the opportunity to electrify virtually its entire
internal fleet of vehicles.
In California, Tesla reportedly operates about 100 trucks and they are
apparently aiming to have hundreds of service vans.
If the company can itself go all-electric for its own operations, it would
send a strong message about the potential of all-electric fleets at the
commercial level and even industrial level.
Tesla Looking at Electric Mobile Service Trucks
October 19, 2017... The new service vehicles would be based on the Model X,
or even the Model S, and would replace the conventional trucks the company
is currently using to provide mobile service ... “We didn’t think that it
was very cool to show up to fix an electric vehicle with a combustion engine
van. It really bugged us. Some really savvy technicians on our team figured
out how to retrofit Model X to fit all the tooling and parts needed to do
service,” McNeill said ...
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all-electric service vehicle based on their ever-popular Model S and Model
X, keeping their eco-friendly ... This isn’t the first time the famed Model
S has been refitted into an oversized vehicle. Last year, the S was
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