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Tesla to introduce fee for use of Supercharger network

Tuesday 08 November 2016, By Autovolo

Tesla to introduce fee for use of Supercharger network

Tesla to introduce fee for use of Supercharger network

Tesla will start charging owners to use its Supercharger network next year.

At Supercharger’s launch in 2012, Tesla customers were offered free use of the fast-charging network. Now, though, those who order vehicles after January 1 will only be able to receive 400kWh of free energy per year – enough for about 1,000 miles of range.

No official pricing has been released for the Supercharger network, although a statement from Tesla says customers will have to pay “a small fee, which will be changed incrementally”.

Tesla also said the charge would be less than the cost of filling a comparable petrol-engined car.

The introduction of the fee will supposedly allow the company to “reinvest in the network, accelerate its growth and bring all owners the best Supercharging experience”.

Tesla will release more information on the scheme later this year. While the company is eager to highlight that the network will “never be a profit centre”, it has said “prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity”.

Existing Tesla owners will not be affected by the introduction of the fee. Customers who order a new Tesla before January 1, 2017, will only be able to avoid the fee if their car is delivered before April 1.

A Model S ordered today would arrive around late February, while a Model X would be delivered in late March. Prospective customers will therefore have to place their orders quickly to avoid being hit with the new fee.