Tesla President Jon McNeill just hinted at some news that is sure to please handy Tesla owners and independent vehicle repair shops alike. McNeil stated that policies that would make it easier for Tesla’s cars to be repaired are “in the works.” He left this simple message in response to a comment on a Tesla forum regarding the company eliminating the software performance reductions that were put in place to reduce wear and tear of certain components.
It seems that Tesla is making it easier for individuals and independent body shops to get access to the information necessary to conduct work on the company’s line of vehicles. Such information includes repair manuals, service documents, wiring diagrams, diagnostic codes, and part information.
Currently, those in need of that privileged information have to pay a high premium ranging from $30/hr up to $3,000/year. Repair shops fortunate enough to be certified as a Telsa Approved Body Shop do not have to pay these fees, but the process to become certified is an ordeal in and of itself.
The change has been spurred by legislation in Massachusetts stating that owners have a “Right to Repair,” which requires manufacturers to provide all repair shops with the same information that they give to dealer shops. Similar bills have been introduced in other states as well. Tesla seems to be joining the other manufacturers who have agreed to meet these guidelines so as to avoid a patchwork of regulation across the country.