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Tesla's Model 3 won't have unfettered access to Supercharger network

By Shawn Knight
Jun 1, 2016
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  1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed during the company’s annual shareholder meeting that the mainstream Model 3 sedan will not receive free, unlimited access to its nationwide network of Supercharger charging stations.

    One of the many perks of owning a Tesla, at least up through the new Model X, is unfettered access to Supercharging stations. If you play your cards right, it means you’ll never have to pay for electricity to power your vehicle. According to Musk, however, that’s not really the right way of looking at it.

    When asked how Tesla plans to deal with the flood of new Tesla owners once the Model 3 arrives, Musk revealed that those owners won’t have unlimited access to Supercharging stations unless they purchase the perk as part of a separate package.

    The executive explained that their motivation is to make electric transport as affordable as possible. So if they do something or charge for something, it’s not because they want to make things more expensive; it’s simply because they can’t figure out how to make things less expensive.

    Later in the chat, Musk said the best thing to do with an electric car is to charge it where you charge your phone (which is at home for most people). Driving to a Supercharger to save $5 in electricity and spending half an hour of your time likely equates to making minimum wage on your time. Instead, Musk views Superchargers as a free long-distance travel option.

    Musk didn’t reveal how much the add-on, unlimited Supercharger package would cost Model 3 buyers.

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  2. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,624   +378

    Yeah guess they need to make money at some stage. Pretty reasonable considering the cost of the vehicle to not have free charging. Would love to have any sort of Tesla really!
     
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  3. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    Its reasonable but thatll turn alot of people off...and preorderers will feel lied to, as they kinda have been.
     
  4. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    This was speculated from the very beginning when Elon said "supercharger capable" - a carefully crafted point that differed from his Model S/X announcements about free access to supercharger network.

    No biggy - most people charge at home and just add a few dollars to their electric bill each month.

    My commute is ~8 miles round trip each day, so I can do one full 8-hr charge about once every two weeks at home (or just top off each night in about 15 minutes).
     
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  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    Easily solved - put a device on the super charger that requires you turn it on - give Model S and X owners free access and allow Model 3 users to buy use as needed.

    Free super charger access is already a problem - people park at one and go shopping and come back 2 hours later. This means you sometimes already can't get one.

    The free electricity will go away once the electric cars are everywhere. Back when smart phones were new all the carriers gave free unlimited data. It was normal. Now unlimited data sounds too good to be true. Charging will go the same way.
     
  6. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,234   +201

    If you can afford to buy a Tesla paying for the electricity won't be a problem. If only the technology was getting pushed along a bit faster. Apart from these vehicles I find cars totally boring. From time to time I flick through motoring magazines and find nothing really innovative.
     
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  7. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,624   +378

    Yeah isn't the cost of electricity below gas? That may not be exactly what you are after but the preorder is refundable if you are unhappy with the way it has panned out.
     
  8. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 155   +51

    I believe that if you add up the cost of gas in a year, it will be much much more than what you are paying for electricity for the car.
     
  9. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    At most it will cost $3 for a full charge instead of $30 for a full tank. It's also unlikely youll ever use a full charge in a day
     
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    I'm not arguing that in the slightest. It's just kind of something that should have been said when preorders opened tbat the supercharger access wasn't free
     
  11. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Addict Posts: 155   +51

    I can't disagree with that. Luckily it is fully refundable.
     

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