From January 1, 2017, new Tesla owners will be afforded 400kWh of free Supercharging credits - or around 1000 miles (1600km) of free travel - away from home.
Those requiring more than 400kWh will then be charged a small fee. The charging rate will depend on the country, the area and local electricity prices as well as taking into consideration the local cost of conventional fuels.
To that end, Tesla says the cost of a full charge using the network will always be less than the equivalent cost of a full tank of petrol.
Tesla further reassured new and potential owners, saying the Supercharging scheme “will never be a profit centre” and that all new Teslas will include the necessary hardware for Supercharger use.
Current Tesla owners are unaffected by the changes and can continue to enjoy unlimited, free use of the network. The value, therefore, of current Model S and Model X examples may have instantly increased on the used car market.
Customers who have already placed an order will also be protected, provided they take delivery of their Tesla before April 1, 2017.
There are currently 4600 Superchargers in operation around the world, and Tesla hopes its new revenue stream will fast-track the expansion of the network.
The new fees are also designed to reinforce Tesla’s position that the Supercharging network is intended for long distance use, rather than an everyday recharging convenience.
Customers are still advised that the Tesla charging station - which comes free with every new Tesla (installation costs not included) - is the primary method that should be used most frequently at home or work.
Further details on the new Supercharging scheme including pricing are still being finalised - stay tuned to TMR for more.
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