Tesla Motors will begin charging fees for use of its network of Supercharging stations for vehicles ordered after Jan. 1, 2017.
This change applies to any customers that buy a Tesla vehicle after this period. Tesla owners that have bought their new vehicles after the New Year will get 400 kWh of free supercharging credits per year (roughly 1,000 miles).
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.
Tesla 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, Tesla said that their 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.
Four years ago, Tesla introduced the Supercharger Network – the world’s fastest charging solution – to enable convenient long distance travel. Today, more than 4,600 Superchargers allow over 160,000 Tesla owners to drive across the continental U.S., from the Arctic Circle to the south of Spain, and across all of the population centers in China and Japan, among many other places. Supercharging has even helped owners drive their Teslas around the world.