Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) has made quite a few changes to its Supercharger network over the last six months. The most notable change was phasing out the free unlimited supercharging for a lifetime for new owners of Tesla cars. Users will get limited free charging for a year, after which they will have to pay certain fees for charging their vehicles at the Superchargers.
After that, small changes to supercharging related to buying new Tesla cars by old owners were made by the company. This meant that current owners would whenever to buy a new car will get free unlimited Supercharger access. It was understood that people would get the free supercharging for an indefinite period, but that was not the case to be as Tesla introduced a timeframe to avail the free Supercharging offer under the new rules.
According to Electrek, the carmaker has stated that current owners need to buy a new Model S or Model X at the end of the year to avail the free supercharging offer. Pre-owned vehicles have been produced before January 15, 2017, have this offer and can be purchased now, an added advantage for customers.
Tesla said about the timeframe of free supercharging, “You have free, unlimited Supercharging for your current Tesla vehicle as well as any new Model S or Model X purchased before December 31, 2017. If you choose to sell your current Tesla, free Supercharging will transfer to the next owner. In addition, up to five friends you refer will also receive free Supercharging.”
Tesla is now expanding its supercharging network to fulfill the needs of its customers with the ever increasing fleet. The expected arrival of Model 3 is said to increase the traffic load on superchargers further and hence new and bigger charging stations are needed.