Tesla’s provide of free, limitless Supercharger entry was purported to have ended in early 2017, however it’s been on a type of life assist since then. Except you had been buying a regular Model 3, you would get the no-cost charging by ordering your EV with a referral code from an current proprietor. Now, nonetheless, even that exception is coming to an finish. Elon Musk has pointed out that the referral program is about to finish. After September 16th, homeowners will solely get at hand out $100 in Supercharging credit score to Mannequin S, Mannequin X and Mannequin three Efficiency consumers — simply sufficient for a number of top-ups.
The tip to the provide is not stunning, even with Tesla’s repeated extensions. Superchargers could price you lower than filling up a gas-powered automotive, however they’re nonetheless costly to function — Tesla needed to issue the price of Supercharging into each sale when the perk was free for each purchaser. And when the automaker is still bleeding cash, it is doubtless decided to chop prices and increase income each time attainable.
All the identical, this might considerably alter driving conduct for individuals shopping for Tesla’s costlier autos. Whereas the associated fee is not that steep (when you can afford a Mannequin S, you possibly can pay for charging), it could scale back the variety of individuals visiting Superchargers — you might wait till you get dwelling as a substitute of recharging when it is handy. Tesla will not thoughts when this might scale back overcrowding at its stations, however this nonetheless represents the top to a golden period.