PALO ALTO, California — Tesla has announced the end of its free, unlimited Supercharging program beginning January 1, 2017.
Anyone ordering a Tesla vehicle after that date will instead receive 400 kilowatt-hours (roughly 1,000 miles) of free Supercharging credits. After those credits are used up, the company said it will assess "a small fee to Supercharge, which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car."
More details of the new credit program have not yet been released.
The Supercharger program, which includes a network of 4,605 fast chargers in 734 locations, currently offers free charging to buyers of the 2016 Tesla Model S sedan and the 2016 Model X SUV. Able to top off batteries in about 30 minutes, Superchargers are intended to relieve "range anxiety" during long-distance travel with their placement near restaurants, shopping centers and Wi-Fi hot spots.
As previously reported by Edmunds, Tesla announced earlier this year that buyers of its 2018 Tesla Model 3 mainstream electric car would not get free access to Supercharger stations. At the time, company CEO Elon Musk said the economics of free charging wouldn't work with the lower-priced vehicle.
This latest change to the program, the company said, "allows us to reinvest in the network, accelerate its growth and bring all owners, current and future, the best Supercharging experience."