I'm hoping that Tesla is building the boxes out of "waste" aluminum punched out of the side panels or something similar. At least that's what I will pretend until otherwise informed.
@FlasherZ - Depends on what you're keeping it for. If you're keeping it for fun, go with what you can enjoy working on personally. If you're keeping it as an investment, there are simpler "vehicles" to do so with (and with none of them being automotive vehicles). If you want a Mad Max (survival) vehicle, you probably want something before all the electronics (pre '78 or something like that) with EMP being just one of the reasons.
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I'm betting that 35 years from now, the car won't have nearly the relative value that a early-1970's car carries today.
These types of electronics parts can be reproduced. If there is sufficient demand, someone will do it.
Indeed, it is POSSIBLE, yet there are many things that aren't reproduced, even for the simple 1990's ECM's, where we're still consuming OEM replacements from parts stores. Whereas you can reproduce every single part on my 1964 Mustang through physical copying techniques, deconstructing and reverse-engineering software is a far larger undertaking. I can't imagine a software house taking my Suburban and reverse-engineering the software in all the different control modules, especially if -- as automakers continue to guard their intellectual property -- we see more and more encryption so the code cannot be extracted. At that point you have to completely reverse engineer these pieces, and I know what that's like -- it's incredibly expensive to do so... moreso than just machining a part.
At the end of the day, it's my belief that -- for the current crop of cars produced today -- their serviceability for the computer parts runs out when the OEM parts supply runs out, in this order: 1) original OEM spares through the parts channel then 2) used parts from disabled vehicles via the salvage channels then 3) rebuilding some parts of the boards. 3) is a very limited possibility, because it includes only those "hard parts" electronic components; for items with software embedded, this is sometimes impossible. So once you exhaust 1) and 2), without 100x the effort of copying a mechanical part, you won't get reproduction parts.
If the Model S becomes a success, you can bet that there will be replacement parts for a very long time. There are very many aftermarket tuning options for ICE ECU's of any kind now, Tesla will be no different.
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