Tesla Motors downplays risk of bricking a Roadster
Last night a blog post by blogger Michael DeGusta (reposted by Jalopnik) went into great detail explaining how several Tesla Roadsters were made into inoperable bricks after sitting idle for a few weeks. He even has an unnamed Tesla service manager as proof, so the story must be true, right? The Internet being what it is these days, Twitter is full of links to various news articles and posts weighing in on the story.
To start with some basic facts, all cars will have problems develop if they sit idle. In a gasoline car the various fluids can seize the engine, at which point the engine replacement cost is expensive. Batteries, in particular, run down, and can run down to where it would damage the battery. Are we to be surprised that an electric car, if left idle for awhile, would not see a problem develop?
By the way "Brick" is technoslang for a previously operable device that's now inoperable. An example usage is "I jailbroke my iPhone and now it's bricked".