Tesla reinstates free Supercharging for existing owners
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 7:11
The reason for the change of heart?
Tesla's Supercharger network is a crucial part of the company's aim to bring electric cars to the masses. If you do that, you get free Supercharger access like owners enjoyed prior to the rules changing - so long as you're one of the first five using that referral code, since Tesla only lets you hand out free Supercharging five times.
Model 3 owners will be required to pay to use Superchargers, thus mitigating some demand...but to an unknown degree, as Tesla has priced getting a boast from one of its stations very inexpensively. "Beginning today, existing owners can give free, unlimited Supercharging to up to five friends by sharing their referral code, and all existing Tesla owners who purchase a new Model S or Model X will receive free, unlimited Supercharging too".
Tesla announced earlier this year a goal of doubling its Supercharging network before year's end, as well as a quadrupling of the number of available Destination Chargers. Plus, any existing owners that choose to upgrade to a newer Model S or Model X in the future will be able to keep the free charging perk.
I made a new post to clarify all the different current models of Supercharger access: Understanding Tesla's new Supercharger access for Model S and Model X. Therefore, a Tesla owner who drives as little as 15,000 miles using Supercharger stations to refuel would save about $840 annually.
This move is going to go a long way for Tesla as it will earn the goodwill of its customers and that might come in handy as it seeks to shake up the auto market with its first mass-market electric vehicle, the Model 3, which is priced at $35,000.