Tesla owner says he’s locked out after battery died, replacement costs $26K

Some Tesla owners have voiced frustration about the electric vehicles, including a group in Norway that went on a hunger strike last month

A Tesla owner in Canada claimed he is locked out of his $140,000 vehicle after the battery died, and that the electric automaker told him a replacement would cost $26,000.

Mario Zelaya posted a video on TikTok saying his “piece of trash” Model S died and that the car is locked, preventing him from being able to get inside. The caption on the video reads: “$26K for a new battery. Locked out of car. Recalls are needed.”

He said he purchased the car in 2013 but said models from that year and 2014 have issues with fluid from the air conditioning system leaking onto the battery.

“I got Transport Canada involved, and they actually did an investigation on the car. Not only did they do an investigation on this car, they’re gonna be doing one that Tesla doesn’t realize is coming up.”


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