Tesla has made some changes,concerning her network of wireless charging stations. Now they will not be free for everyone. Any buyer who places an order for Tesla Model X and Model S after January 1, 2017 will now have to pay a “small tax” when using Supercharger charging stations. The new rule will also apply to those who have already ordered a car and will receive it only after April 1, 2017, that is, we are talking about everyone who made an order for Model 3. Cars. According to company representatives, the cost of charging will be “lower than the cost refueling a car with gasoline. "
The new rule will not affect those who already ownTesla cars. For them, the use of Supercharger charging stations will be free for the rest of their lives. Moreover, the right to free charge will be transferred to those who then receive it as an inheritance. The new owners who bought a Tesla car after January 1, 2017 will be provided with 400 kW of free energy from the Supercharging station annually, which is approximately enough for 1,600 kilometers. Then charge only for the money. The company said that in the near future it will tell in more detail about changes in policy and immediately added that “over time and taking into account regional characteristics, charging prices may vary according to the price of electricity.”
It should be noted that this step, despite allTesla's previous early promises seem quite obvious. Especially against the background of the fact that the company is going to enter the production of 500,000 cars annually.
“Our Supercharger charging stations will never be our profit centers,” the company said in its official blog.
Tesla said it was losing a lot of money by offeringelectricity is completely free. The introduction of the board will contribute to at least partial compensation of the costs of maintaining the stations in working condition. Recall that a full charge at the Supercharger station takes approximately 75 minutes. Up to half the battery capacity is about 30 minutes. This is much faster than the more traditional electric charging stations in the United States. In total, since the start of network construction in 2012, Tesla has built 734 Supercharger charging stations. In addition, almost 5,000 conventional charging stations have been installed.
Earlier, the company said that the stationSuperchargers were designed with more frequent use in mind during long trips, and not as the main source of daily electric vehicle charging. In a recent report, the company continues to insist on just such a use of these charging stations and suggests that standard charging stations are the best option for daily charging of cars. At the same time, charging is most convenient when at home or during business hours. That is, "the way we usually charge our mobile phones."