If you have been planning to buy a new Tesla, then you have to know about the new adjustment of supercharger access.
According to Tesla’s blog, starting on January 01, 2017, supercharger access will no longer be a free standard feature for new Tesla owners. In other words, you can still get free supercharger access, but you need to order your new Tesla before the end of this year. Besides, this fee change won’t affect current owners.
Free Supercharger access is one of the biggest selling points for Tesla’s cars. When they first launched their electric cars on the market, both energy saving and money saving were huge features. On the other hand, they did not announce any details regarding the supercharger access pricing. However, Tesla’s cost will definitely change base on the cost of the supercharger.
Instead, Tesla announced that all new models purchase will receive 400kWh of free supercharging credits annually. It amounts to about 1,000 miles of all-electric driving. Afterward, Tesla said there is “a small fee charged incrementally”.
This adjustment might come as a shock to future Model 3 and Model S buyers. For now, they have to reconsider the total cost to buy a new Tesla going forwards. Nevertheless, it could be a marketing strategy. It could push more people to buy it before 2017 at the same time.
Supercharger was never promised as a free feature for Tesla owners. However, many people have likely treated it like a part of the ownership service. In fact, electric cars will become more and more popular, and people will need to pay for the electric charger as they pay for their gas fee today.