Tesla Drops Unlimited Free Charging for New Customers

Owners of new Teslas will no longer have access to unlimited charging at the company’s Supercharger stations. Tesla announced in a blog post on November 7 that customers who order their cars after January 1, 2017 would receive 400 kWh (roughly 1,000 miles, per Tesla’s estimate) of free charging. Current owners will be grandfathered in, as will any owner who orders their car before January 1 and who takes delivery before April 1, 2017.

After the free 400 kWh, drivers would have to pay a fee. The company did not disclose what that fee might look like or what the rate would be, stating:

Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car…we will release the details of the program later this year, and while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, our Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.

CEO Elon Musk had previously stated that the upcoming Model 3 would not come with unlimited supercharging as standard, but this change will apply to all Tesla models ordered and delivered after the dates specified.

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