Automotive - - Jan 02,2017
Electric car maker Tesla Motors has extended the deadline for free unlimited Supercharging for all Model S and X vehicles ordered on or before January 15.
In November, Tesla had announced that it will change its policy of unlimited free supercharging for all vehicles in 2017.
The automaker said that for the Tesla models that will be ordered after January 1, 2017, unlimited free Supercharging would be replaced by 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (approx. 1,000 miles) included annually.
On January 1, Tesla announced a two-week extension for potential buyers, during which they can still order a Model S or X and avail the unlimited free Supercharging. The rule change will now apply to vehicles ordered on or after January 15.
However, Tesla has also said that its Supercharging network would never be a profit center and that those who ordered their vehicles before January 1, would also have to take delivery before April 1 to be eligible for a lifelong unlimited free charging.
In its announcement on January 1, the deadline for taking delivery has also been extended to April 15 because of an increasing demand and to give an opportunity to those customers who could not order their vehicles over the December holidays.
The company is yet to announce how much it is going to charge its future customers for charging their Tesla vehicles, which would also be highly dependable upon the local electricity rates. But last month, Tesla announced a minimal ‘Supercharger idle fee’ for customers who leave their vehicles parked at charging stations for over 5 minutes after they have been fully charged.
The Supercharger idle free would apply to all Tesla vehicles, irrespective of when they were purchased. Tesla said that none of these moves are to make any money but purely for increasing customer satisfaction.