Tesla is significantly altering its policy of producing free charging on its proprietary fast-charging Supercharger network. For Teslas ordered after 1 January 2017, the company will include 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) annually. Beyond that, there will be a “small fee”—as yet unspecified—to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.
These changes will not impact current owners or any new Teslas ordered before 1 January 2017, as long as delivery is taken before 1 April 1 2017.
Tesla launched the Supercharger Network four years ago; there are now more than 4,600 Superchargers worldwide.
Supercharging prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity. Tesla said that its Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.
Telsa said that the pricing policy change will allow it to invest further in the network.