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?
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