Tesla, according to its president, is working on opening the “Right to Repair” program. The program basically aims to compel electronic producers to sell replacement parts and make their service and diagnostic manuals available to consumers and independent repair shops.
Tesla’s program is “in the works”: McNeil
Currently, the “Right to Repair” program is in place only in Massachusetts, allowing Tesla owners to register for access to wiring diagrams, part information, repair manuals and service documents. However, now Tesla President Jon McNeill has said that the electric car maker is working on expanding the program, according to Electrek.
Earlier this month, a Tesla owner brought up the topic, saying, “If we can only get them to allow us to perform our own maintenance, which involves releasing service info and software as well as sell us parts. Also, If you purchase a salvage vehicle they will not sell you parts at all. This will have to change if Tesla hopes to become mass-market.”
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According to Electrek, McNeil responded, saying that he reached out to the owner privately and that such a program is “in the works.” This will be a good change for Tesla owners who are more than willing to repair their cars themselves. Electrek has reached out to the automaker learn what it actually is working on, but the website hasn’t received any response yet.
Tesla and Edison reveal massive energy storage system
In other Tesla news, Southern California Edison and the EV maker revealed one of the largest energy storage facilities in the world on Monday. They sealed the deal in September as part of a state-mandated effort to compensate for the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. This is part of a huge deployment of grid-connected batteries, which regulators hail as a key to assist in reducing fossil fuel reliance and keeping the lights on in Southern California, notes the Los Angeles Times.
Located at the utility’s Ontario Mira Loma substation, the facility contains almost 400 Tesla PowerPack units on a 1.5-acre site. It can store enough energy to power about 15,000 homes for four hours or 2,500 homes a day. This utility uses a collection of lithium-ion batteries to collect electricity at night and other off-peak hours so that when power use spikes, electrons can be injected back into the grid.
At 10:18 a.m. Eastern, Tesla shares were up 0.52% at $252.35. Year to date, the stock is up almost 18%, while in the last year, it is up almost 32%.