But these wrecked EVs must first pass two phases of inspection before they are treated like regular cars.
A long-running debate within the Tesla community appears to have finally been resolved. Electrek reports the world's most valuable automaker has decided to create a process that will enable salvaged Teslas to return to the Supercharger network. A Tesla not being allowed access to this network is a problem. This update is excellent news for those who acquire heavily damaged Teslas and manage to refurbish them.
The EV carmaker's decision reverses what it decided back in 2020 when it banned access to Supercharging and even third-party fast-charging to all salvaged Teslas. It reasoned that it could not determine whether these vehicles were safe to drive. But it also did not provide any inspection process, leaving these so-called tinkerers out to dry.
Things seemingly began to change last year when some salvaged Teslas were allowed back into the network.
However, the company reversed its decision a week later without any explanation. This time, it's apparently for real, as Electrek further claims it's viewed internal Tesla documents detailing the new process. Called "Salvaged-Titled Vehicle Fast Charging Safety Inspection," Tesla will implement a two-step process involving a physical inspection of the high-voltage battery pack and other necessary charging components.
The vehicle will be re-admitted to the fast charging network if it passes. If not, Tesla will reportedly offer to make the required repairs. Before that, these Teslas must pass the Salvage-Titled Vehicle High Voltage Safety Inspection.
Any component that does not pass this first inspection will undergo a diagnosis, and a component recertification will be required. But here's the rub: the diagnosis and recertification will be made at the customer's expense. Suppose the customer refuses to pay for any authorized repairs. In that case, the inspection procedure will cease, a note will be made in Tesla's records about the failed inspection, and the car will, obviously, not be allowed to regain fast-charging access.
Vehicles that pass inspection with fast-charging reenabled still have to undergo a final charging test. If that goes well, any future issues will be handled no differently than other Teslas. The new approval process will apply to the Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y.
The report did not expressly state whether the original Tesla Roadster is included.