Tesla changes its Supercharging rules

Tesla Model S at a supercharger

With the arrival of the Tesla Model 3 in late 2017, there won’t be enough superchargers to allow every Tesla driver free unlimited access. This is why Tesla has changed the supercharger’s access rules.

Free Supercharger’s access will be limited to 400 kWh per year, that Tesla estimates it’s enough for 1.000 miles (1.609 km).


Here it’s what the company has to say:

“For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car. All cars will continue to come standard with the onboard hardware required for Supercharging.

We will release the details of the program later this year, and while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, our Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.

These changes will not impact current owners or any new Teslas ordered before January 1, 2017, as long as delivery is taken before April 1, 2017.”


This change of rules will boost the sales of Model S and X this year, it’ll help to finance the Tesla Model 3 production.

I see the supercharger access restriction as good news, because it implies that Tesla maintains the plan to start Tesla Model 3 production in mid-2017, with first deliveries happening in late 2017. Free unlimited access to superchargers could never be possible with so many Tesla Model 3 on the road.

Don’t forget that Elon Musk’s target for the Tesla Model 3 Production is up to 200.000 in second half of 2017. Since the Tesla Model 3 will be the simplest and most affordable car Tesla ever produced, I believe that production will be on schedule. No strange things like falcon wing doors to delay the production…


What do you think?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

Excellent move as free charging is bad and clogs up the chargers for people who actualy need them…