I stumbled across this article on a Tesla roadster and an issue with the battery and found it interesting: http://www.greencarreports.com/news...ain&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=outbrain Apparently the owner of one of the roadsters left it unplugged for 2 months (give or take) with a low charge and the battery completely "bricked" (went dead and will not charge). I admit it sounds like the owner screwed up. However, how can you sell a car for $100,000 that can be severely damaged (to the tune of nearly half of the asking price to repair, AFTER the discount the dealer offered) by doing nothing to it in two months? The comments section is really funny. Some on there state that if you leave a normal car sitting for long enough it won't run either. You know what I would have to do to my truck if I left it sitting idle for two months? Jump start it - MAYBE. It might scream for an oil change but it will start and run, with no significant damage. It might steam for a second because of condensation in the crankcase (and the crack in the cylinder head but that's another issue). Wife's Honda - same thing (more likely to need a jump). Neighbor's Prius (if it wasn't broke down) - same thing. Another one - if a customer buys a new car and doesn't change the oil in it, he will blow it up. Well, yeah but three problems with that scenario! 1) Most customers know to change their oil 2) A new engine doesn't cost $40K in most cars 3) Do they know how ####ing hard that is to screw up like that? What they don't understand is that if electric cars are going to catch on (which, BTW, I don't think they will) they have to engineer these kinds of failures out of the cars. People know internal combustion and know how to take care of it. On-board diagnostics make it even harder to mess up. Ease of ownership and value are the keys. If you're going to market to anyone other than greenie-weenie hippies you have to make the car worth what the customer pays for it. I would especially like to get DanaT's position on this. Should be good since I believe Tesla has received government subsidies.