Tesla reveals new Supercharging prices for cars ordered after 15 January

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Author: | Updated: 12 Jan 2017 11:06

Tesla has released further information on its plan to bill its customers for using its Supercharger network. The American company has confirmed that Teslas ordered after 15 January 2017 will no longer benefit from free charging over the vehicle’s lifetime, with a charge of 20p per kWh.

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Until now, Tesla has offered all its drivers free and unlimited use of the 4,600-strong charging network, but that’s all set to change. Teslas ordered after the 15th are now only entitled to 400 kWh of free Supercharging time annually, which equates to around 1,000 miles of normal driving.

After customers surpass the 400kWh limit, they will be charged per kWh used, with the bill going straight driver’s Tesla account. In America, charging will be set by state, but in Europe, prices are set by country which, in the UK, equates to 20 pence per kWh.

How much for a full recharge?

In the real world, that means a full recharge will cost around £20. To give that some context, Tesla pointed out that a trip from Paris to Rome (almost 900 miles), using a Tesla Model S will cost you are anound 60€ (£52) if you use the Supercharger network.

Commenting on the change in strategy, a Tesla spokesman said: “What’s important is that in every region, Supercharging will remain simple, seamless and always significantly cheaper than gasoline.”

Superchargers were introduced in the UK from 2014, and number around 4,500 worldwide.

Will Tesla pay for taking its free Supercharger USP away?

The plan falls in line with comments CEO Elon Musk has made in the past; it has already been confirmed that the upcoming Model 3 won’t benefit from unlimited charging, and any money generated will be reinvested into the ever-expanding Supercharger network.

Tesla is keen to stress that existing customers will still get free use of Superchargers for the life of their vehicles, with the change not affecting any new Teslas ordered before 15 January 2017, as long as delivery is taken before 1 April 2017.

We should hear more details about the usage-based tariff before the end of the year.

In its blog, Tesla concluded: “We are only aiming to recover a portion of our costs and set up a fair system for everyone; this will never be a profit centre for Tesla. Customers can just plug in, charge up, and access their charging history on our website.”

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