In a bid to keep the price of the car down, Tesla won’t offer free Supercharging to owners of its upcoming Model 3.
Speaking at a dealer meeting, Tesla CEO Elon Musk broke the news that Tesla’s “free for life” Supercharger policy is going to change. “The obvious thing to do is decouple [free Supercharging] from cost of Model 3,” said Musk. “It will still be cheap, and far cheaper than gasoline, but it won’t be free unless you buy [an optional charging] package.”
Tesla reiterated that Superchargers are not meant for daily use and have been designed to be used on long roadtrips. Some owners complain of a long wait times at certain Superchargers due to folks using them like gas stations, while Tesla itself sent some scolding letters in 2015 to owners who they believed were Supercharging at the same location too often.
Tesla’s chief technology officer, J.B. Straubel, pitched his idea for “destination chargers,” which will be placed in locations around hotels, restaurants and other attractions and act as places to stop for the night. Unlike a Supercharger which can recharge 80 percent battery life in 30 minutes, these destination chargers will take about four hours to do the same job. Businesses will even be encouraged to buy these destination chargers and run them.
Musk has already hinted that the Tesla Model 3 may end up costing more than originally planned, so it is clear that the company is trying to find ways to keep the overall cost down.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
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