Tesla has Superchargers set up across the United States where owners can quickly charge their vehicles. They allow owners of Tesla’s electric cars to drive from coast-to-coast without having to worry about running out of charge along the way. Access to the Supercharger is free for those who own the company’s expensive Model S and Model X cars, but it won’t be free for owners of Tesla’s first mass-market sedan, the Model 3.
This was confirmed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. A Tesla shareholder asked this question about how Tesla is going to cope with the sheer number of Model 3 electric cars lining up at its Supercharger stations.
This will ensure that people really only use the Supercharger network for driving long-distance in their electric cars. Musk does point out that even though it will be a paid option, “it will still be very cheap — and far cheaper than gasoline — to drive long-distance with the Model 3.”
Simply put, Model 3 owners won’t get free access for life to the company’s Supercharger network at home and abroad. If they want it they will have to pay for it. This won’t be of much concern to buyers who are not looking to travel long-distance using their Model 3, because, for city running, it’s going to be much simpler for them to just charge their car at home.