Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) had set a deadline of December 31st for ending the unlimited free use of its Supercharger network. Now, it has postponed that deadline by another two weeks – i.e. until January 15th, 2017.
On Sunday, the EV firm informed the customers of this decision through a tweet, stating that it will offer unlimited Supercharging to all those customers who order a Model S or Model X on or before January 15th.
Supercharging pricing still a secret
In an update to the November blog post, in which the car-maker announced changes to Supercharging, Tesla said “due to high demand, customers can still place an order for a Model S or X until January 15th, 2017 and take delivery by April 15th, 2017 to receive free unlimited Supercharging.”
As per an announcement made in November, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) customers who buy cars after January 1, 2017 will have 400-kilowatt hours, or about 1,000 miles, of free charging every year. After the limit exhausts, the customer will be required to pay a small fee. This fee will be way less than what it would cost the customers to get a comparable gas car filled up.
As per a previous report from Electrek, the 400 kWh of Supercharger credits annually will most likely be suitable to meet the driving requirements of most people. But, for the customers who often use their Tesla for long distance travels will definitely be able to reap huge benefits from unlimited free Supercharging. However, it isn’t exactly free, but included in the price of the vehicle.
The price per kWh of the Supercharger credits that will become the new standard hasn’t been disclosed yet. But, the EV firm did commented that “prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity.” It also claimed that it doesn’t intend to make a profit out of the Supercharger Network, but intends to finance the expansion of the network with the new program.
Tesla expanding and improving Supercharger network
Supercharging, as it is popularly known, is a network of 769 fast-charging stations located near interstates throughout the continental U.S., Japan, China and Europe. The standard version of the car will continue to come pre-fitted with the hardware necessary for Supercharging.
Before Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) starts with the volume production of the Model 3, it hopes to significantly increase the Supercharger number in 2017. It takes just 30 minutes for a Supercharger to provide up to 170 miles of range, notes Fortune. However, the EV firm is working on a new generation of Supercharger that has a much higher charging rate.
An idling fee of 40 cents per minute has been introduced by EV firm last month. This is imposed on the drivers, whose car remains for more than 5 minutes on the stations after their vehicles are fully charged.