Tesla: No Free Supercharging For Cars Ordered After January 1, 2017

Tesla has made a pretty big announcement regarding its line of cars: any Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017 will no longer come with free supercharging.

The news was announced in an official statement on Tesla’s official website, as Tesla clarified that each new owner would still receive 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits, but would need to pay a fee for any supercharging beyond that initial limit. From the statement:

Tesla: No Free Supercharging For Cars Ordered After January 1, 2017

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For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. 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. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.

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.

These changes will not impact current owners or any new Teslas ordered before January 1, 2017, as long as delivery is taken before April 1, 2017.

This is somewhat surprising to me, if only because I was under the impression supercharging always came with a fee. With that said, I don’t see this affecting the decision to purchase a Tesla for those who can afford it. Teslas are as much a cultural commodity as a car, and I think people who’ve made up their minds to add a Tesla to their garage won’t be so easily dissuaded.

But what do you think? Is this a big deal or something over-exaggerated? Sound off in the comments!

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