Tesla to halt free charging for new customers

From 1 January 2017, new Tesla owners will no longer get unlimited use of Tesla’s supercharging network.

By Jimi Beckwith, Autocar UK calendar 08 Nov 2016 Views icon4386 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
Tesla to halt free charging for new customers

Tesla is to end its offer of free unlimited use of its supercharging network to new customers after 1 January 2017.

Owners of new Tesla vehicles will instead get a supply of roughly 1000 miles’ (1,600 kilometres) worth of free supercharging credits per year, although existing owners will still get the same supply as they previously did.

Tesla will now charge owners a “small fee” to use a Tesla supercharger, which, the car maker claims, will continue to cost less than filling a car with an internal combustion engine. The price Tesla charges to use its network will not be fixed and will depend on the cost of energy at that time.

The electric car brand claims that the supercharger is the world’s fastest charging station, providing “up to 170 miles (272km) of range in as little as 30 minutes".

Tesla has not released any more details on the updates to its charging scheme, although it does add that any new Teslas ordered before 1 January will not be affected, provided that delivery happens before April.

Cars that arrive after this will have to pay to use the supercharger network, which comprises 734 stations and 4605 individual chargers, according to Tesla’s website.

The company recently revealed its solar roof, so it’s thought that this change in strategy could be an attempt to get drivers to adopt Teslas that charge on solar power. Tesla’s wall connector for home charging costs UK users £398 (Rs 39,175) for a system with a 2.5m cable, and £438 (Rs 43,112) with a 7.5m cable. The system can charge at up to 1.65kW – the equivalent to 51 miles/81km of range in one hour.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk also recently revealed that the Model S P100D – the company’s highest-performance model with a 0-100kph time of 2.5sec – would soon get a performance upgrade. 

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