Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by James Ayre0
Tesla Model S & Model X Buyers Can Still Get Unlimited Free Supercharging, If They Have An Owner Referral
May 22nd, 2017 by James Ayre
We reported previously on the fact that Tesla was ending its unlimited free Supercharging for new Model S and Model X buyers earlier this year, seemingly in anticipation of the Model 3 launch, and also as a means of reducing congestion at some sites in California.
Instead of unlimited free Supercharger network use, owners would instead be granted 400 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of free use a year, and be given the ability to pay a relatively low per-kWh fee to charge at the sites when needed.
The company has apparently now backtracked somewhat, and is now saying that buyers of new Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs will be able to get free unlimited Supercharger access … so long as you have a referral code from an existing owner when buying.
Importantly, existing owners can only provide “up to 5 friends” with this offer, so the the offer is somewhat, though not greatly, limited.
Also noteworthy is that existing owners who purchase a new vehicle automatically receive free unlimited Supercharging as well, apparently.
I’m a bit curious what motivated Tesla to do a (limited) about-face on this. Is it to help make the Model S and Model X seem more exclusive (as compared to the Model 3)? Did the company decide that there wasn’t a monetary need to charge Model S and Model X owners? Is Tesla simply trying to stimulate more sales and referrals?