Tesla’s Supercharger Network was launched about four years ago. It’s a fast charging solution that enables Tesla owners to take long journeys with their electric cars. There are more than 4,600 Superchargers located across the United States and Europe as well as in all of the population centers in Japan, China, and some other markets. Tesla owners were previously offered free unlimited use of the Supercharger network but that’s going to change soon as Tesla has announced that it’s going to start charging for Supercharger use.
Tesla says that it’s making this change so that it can reinvest and grow the network to benefit the expanding list of Tesla owners who want to take their electric cars on long journeys.
All Teslas ordered after January 1st, 2017 will receive 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits annually so that they can continue to enjoy Supercharging for free on longer journeys, this works out to about 1,000 miles.
Once that cap is reached, owners will have to pay a small fee to Supercharge their Tesla. This cost will be charged incrementally and Tesla says that it’s going to be less than the price of filing up a comparable gas car.
The company hasn’t gone into the specifics so it’s unclear how much Supercharging is going to cost once the annual allotment has been consumed. Tesla did confirm that this change does not impact any current owners or any new Teslas that have been ordered prior to January 1st, 2017 and as long as their delivery is taken before April 1st, 2017.