For years, Tesla owners have been accustomed to one very relevant and important perk of e-car ownership: free roadside Supercharging. At least until now. As of January 1, 2017, new Tesla owners will be eligible to receive just 400kWh worth of Supercharging, which translates to just 1,625 kilometres of travel, on average.
We experienced the abundance of Tesla’s free Supercharging stations a few months ago when we took a Model S P90D from Toronto to Montreal and back in the same day. That trip was nearly 1,200 kilometres and at highway speeds, that amounted to the majority of Tesla’s new 400 kWh limit.
Existing Tesla owners are grandfathered into free Supercharging, as are any existing new customers whose cars are ordered by January 1, 2017 and delivered before April 1, 2017. Tesla hasn’t indicated whether free Supercharging will remain available for resale or non-original owners.
If this is part of Tesla’s plans for Model S and Model X customers going forward, Model 3 depositors may wish to rethink their expectations.
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