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The Tesla owner referral program allows current Tesla owners and new customers to get a supercharging bonus on their Tesla lease or purchase.

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Tesla Referral Program — How Does A Referral Code Work & What Do I Get?

Though it’s been making and selling purely electric cars since 2008, Tesla still spends next to nothing on marketing and advertising. Instead, the company relies mostly on word of mouth from existing owners and excitement from bloggers, YouTube influencers, and journalists to sell cars. To this end, the Tesla referral program has been an effective tool in bringing new customers to the brand.

UPDATES:

As of September 18, 2021, Tesla modified the referral program such that *only* solar roof purchases qualify for a $500 referral bonus. Tesla vehicles and traditional solar panel systems have now been excluded from the referral program.

On October 8, 2021, Tesla restored traditional solar panel systems to the referral program, offering a $300 incentive to buyer and referrer.

Original article follows:

Though Tesla has been making and selling purely electric cars since 2008, and delivered almost 500,000 cars in 2020 alone, the company still spends next to nothing on marketing and advertising. Instead, Tesla relies mostly on word of mouth from existing owners and excitement from bloggers, YouTube influencers, and journalists to sell cars. To this end, the Tesla referral program has been an effective tool in bringing new customers to the brand. Over time, the Tesla referral program has been expanded to include the referral and purchase of Tesla solar panel systems and the Tesla solar roof.

What Is the Tesla Referral Program and What Benefits Does it Offer?

With the Tesla referral program, any owner of a Tesla vehicle or Tesla solar panel system can share a unique Tesla referral code or referral link with prospective Tesla buyers. If a buyer uses this referral link or code to purchase or lease a Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, or Model Y, then both the buyer and the referrer get a reward or bonus. The same is true for buyers and referrers of Tesla solar power systems. The actual bonus varies over time, but normally the referral bonus for cars is a free credit on Supercharging and the bonus for solar power systems is a cash payment. As of September, 2021, the solar referral is $500 to both buyer and referrer. For car purchases or leases, the Tesla referral code bonus is 1,000 miles of free supercharging (400 kWh). This means that if you buy a Tesla car online using a referral link or over the phone or in person by providing a unique referral code, you and the person who referred you each get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging at Tesla Supercharger stations worldwide.

If you have a friend, family member, or acquaintance who owns a Tesla and has influenced you in your decision to buy one, be sure to contact them for their referral link. If you’re looking for a referral link to get a Supercharging bonus on your own Tesla car purchase or a cash bonus of $500 on your Tesla solar system purchase, feel free to use mine (below), so we can both benefit from the referral bonus:

If you order over the phone or in a Tesla store, use the below code.

Tesla Referral Code: christopher55570

Tesla Referral Program Destination page

With the Tesla referral program, both the referring owner and the new Tesla buyer get a Supercharging bonus with the purchase or lease of a new Tesla vehicle or a cash bonus with the purchase of a solar power system, as long as you use a valid referral code when you place your order.

In September, 2019, Tesla added solar panels to the list of eligible purchases and in April 2020, they added the Tesla solar roof. So if you purchase a Tesla solar power system using a referral link, you can get a cash reward of $500, once the solar panels are installed. If you refer the sale of a Tesla solar system, you will earn a $500 award as well. This cash award was increased from $250 to $400 in July, 2020 and from $400 to $500 in September, 2021. You can also now earn a Tesla Powerwall home battery system if you refer a total of 10 or more solar power systems. In June 2020, Tesla added the Model Y to the list of referral-eligible vehicles.

Those who referred a Tesla car sale before June 1, 2021 were also entered into a monthly drawing to win a Tesla Model Y and a quarterly drawing to win a Tesla Roadster. This perk expired on June 1, 2021. And although the company stated that these drawings had been active for over 2 years — a period that would have had about 27 winners of the Model Y and 9 winners of a Tesla Roadster — the company did not actively announce or publicize the raffle winners and only a few of these prize winners ever went public about their good fortune.

How Do I Find My Tesla Referral Code?

Once you own a Tesla vehicle, you’re eligible for the referral program and can begin referring new Tesla sales. If you haven’t received an email from Tesla with your Tesla referral code yet, you can email the company at referralprogram@tesla.com (note: Tesla seems to have stopped monitoring this e-mail address as of September, 2021). But first check in your Tesla app. As a Tesla owner, your referral code appears in the Tesla mobile app in the “Loot Box.” In the earlier version of the Tesla app, the “Loot box” link is accessed by clicking the treasure chest in the top right corner. In the newer version of the app, you can find the Loot Box by clicking on the profile link in the top right of the app, then selecting the “Loot Box” link. From there you can share your code via email, messaging app, or social media. You can also check there to see how many referrals you have and you can see the balance of any bonus miles in your account. In May, 2019, Tesla also restored access to the referral program stats from the “My Account” area of the Tesla web site, so you can also check there for details on your referrals.

5000 bonus miles courtesy of the Tesla referral program

In the Loot box inside the Tesla app you can see the current balance of any bonus Supercharging miles in your account. Note this screen cap reflects an earlier referral offer from May, 2019.

Can I Refer a Sale to Myself?

Tesla has stated in the past that owners are eligible to purchase a new Tesla using their own referral link so we assume this is still valid. I used my own referral link when upgrading from a Model 3 to a Model 3 Performance. So if you’re already a Tesla owner, you can click on your own link and complete the purchase in order to get the referral bonuses.

Is the Referral Bonus the Same for Everyone?

Although you may see different referral offers on various web sites, the referral bonus is the same for all owners and referrers. No Tesla referral code is better than any other Tesla referral code. If you see other offers such as unlimited Supercharging, or 2,000 or 5,000 miles of credit – or even $1,000 off the purchase of a Model S or X, you are seeing outdated referral offers which are no longer valid. When you click through on any of these referral links to the Tesla web site, you will see the same current referral offer. We do our best to keep this article updated so it always reflects the current, active referral code offer. This article was last updated in September, 2021.

Can I Use a Referral Code to Order a Tesla Model Y, Roadster or Cybertruck?

As of June 15, 2020, a referral code can used to order a Model 3, Model Y, Model S or Model X (or a Tesla solar panel system). Model Y was added as a referral-eligible model in June 2020. As Tesla’s other models make it into general production, we expect that the referral program will be expanded to include these new cars. But currently, you cannot get the referral bonus when ordering a Tesla Cybertruck or Roadster.

Where Can I Find a Supercharger and How Do I Use It?

Tesla’s Supercharger system is a global network of high-speed EV chargers that are currently designed for exclusive use by Tesla cars. Every Tesla made — other than the original Tesla Roadster — is capable of using the Tesla Supercharger network. Tesla continues to add more Supercharger stations every month and has even delivered improved charging speeds to owners via a combination of upgrades to the chargers themselves, hardware improvements to the cars, and software updates delivered over the air to Tesla vehicles. To use a Supercharger, you simply pull up to the charging stall, open your charge port and plug in the charging cable. A read-out in the car and in the Tesla app will show you charging rate and estimated time to a full charge.

The Loot box shows you how many referrals you've made and where they are in terms of delivery status.

The Loot box in the Tesla app shows you how many referrals you’ve made and where they are in terms of delivery status.

Finding a Supercharger is easy, as their locations are built into every Tesla car’s on-board navigation. If you want to find one nearby while driving in your Tesla, just press the right button on your steering wheel and say, “Navigate to Supercharger.” This will present you with a list of the closest Superchargers. Pick one and the navigation system will take you there. If you plot a long-distance trip using Tesla’s on-board navigation, the car will include Supercharger stops along the way automatically, so you’ll never have to worry about running out of juice. You can also find current and planned Supercharger locations here on the Tesla website: www.tesla.com/supercharger

Is the Referral Program Available Worldwide?

The referral program and its benefits are currently available in several countries worldwide, however the program is subject to state, local and national restrictions. So you may or may not be eligible for the program, depending on where you live. In the United States, residents of Ohio and Virginia are ineligible to receive benefits of the referral program, due to local laws. The offer details in different countries may differ from those in the United States (e.g., 1,500 km of free charging in Europe vs. 1,000 miles of free charging in the United States).  If you have any questions as to the availability of the referral program in your state or country, you can contact a Tesla referral program rep via e-mail at referralprogram@tesla.com (note: Tesla seems to have stopped monitoring this e-mail address as of September, 2021).

How Much Is this Supercharger Bonus Really Worth?

Although Tesla says that the bonus is “1,000 miles of free Supercharging,” what you actually get is a credit of 400 kWh (kiloWatt hours) of free charging in your account per referral. Depending which Tesla you own, this credit may actually get you much further than 1,000 miles down the road. On Tesla’s least efficient vehicle, the Model X P100D, with an EPA rating of 40 kWh/100 miles, that 400 kWh credit should allow you to travel just about 1,000 miles for free. That’s assuming that you don’t already have free unlimited Supercharging on your Model X. But on a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+), with an EPA rating of 24 kWh/100 miles, that 400 kWh credit will allow you to travel over 1,600 miles.

The actual cash value of free Supercharging is the same, no matter which Tesla you own, but it does vary depending on the cost of Supercharging at the stations you choose to charge at. In most parts of the United States, Tesla charges a flat rate per kWh of charge, though some areas charge per minute. As of June 2020, the national average cost per kWh for Supercharging is currently $0.28 (28 cents) per kWh. So we can estimate the average value of this bonus by multiplying 400 kWh times $0.28 = $112.00. After your referral bonus is depleted, you will need to pay per use for Supercharger access.

Do the Bonus Miles Expire?

According to Tesla’s updated terms (last reviewed by CleanTechnica in September, 2021), bonus miles currently expire six months after they are added to your account. The exception to this is if you made any referrals between March 21, 2019 and April 27, 2019. Any bonus miles earned during this period expire three years after they were added to your account. Depending on how often you use Superchargers, you may not use the full credit within six months, in which case the unused miles will no longer be available in your account. However, each new referral adds miles to your account, so if you refer at least one new buyer to Tesla every six months, you could theoretically keep Supercharging for free indefinitely. The expiration date and current mileage bonus should appear in your Loot box in the Tesla app.

These expiration terms have been modified more than once since the new referral program went live in March 2019. Originally, the expiration date of your entire mileage pool was extended by six months with each new referral. In Summer of 2019, they capped the maximum expiration date of miles to three years from the most recent referral. And in 2020, they changed the terms again to limit new referrals to expire in six months. To check the current terms of the referral program (including expiration dates), see the details on Tesla’s web site.

Are there Secret Levels to the Referral Program?

In Tesla’s earlier version of the referral program, there was a secret bonus level. For every referral purchase that was made using an owner’s referral code, after the first five referrals, that owner would get a 2% discount toward the purchase of the upcoming new version of the Tesla Roadster Founders Series. Two percent may not seem like much, but considering the Founders Series Roadster will sell for $250,000, this little bonus was actually quite substantial. Once the owner reached 55 referrals, they earned a free Roadster. There are some active bloggers, journalists, and YouTube video producers who exceeded this referral cap and will be able to take home a free Roadster once it’s available. Unfortunately, that initial referral program was discontinued, and, according to the Tesla reps with whom we spoke, the current referral program does not include any secret levels. Of course, Tesla could change this at some point, but the “official” Tesla word is that there are no longer any secret referral bonuses.

Also, in May, 2021, rumors began circulating that Tesla is considering a major overhaul of the referral program, due to the cost of free supercharging. If/when this occurs we’ll be sure to update this article.

Previous Referral Bonuses and Changes to Referral Program Since March, 2019:

  • 1,000 Free Supercharger Miles (March 22, 2019 – April 27, 2019)
  • 5,000 Free Supercharger Miles (April 28, 2019 – May 29, 2019)
  • 1,000 Free Supercharger Miles (May 30th, 2019 – September 9, 2019)
  • 2,000 Free Supercharging Miles for Tesla Solar referrals (started September 10, 2019, changed to $100 cash reward on or around September 19, 2019)
  • 2,000 Free Supercharging Miles with Delivery before October 1, 2019 (September 10, 2019 – September 30, 2019)
  • Cash bonus for solar referrals increased from $100 to $250 in January, 2020
  • Model Y added to Tesla referral program in June, 2020
  • Cash bonus for solar referrals increase from $250 to $400 for referrer and decreased from $250 to $100 for buyer in July, 2020
  • Referrers of Tesla solar panels or solar roof can earn a Tesla Powerwall home battery storage unit when they refer 10 customers (as of July 15, 2020)
  • Expiration of bonus miles section updated in Summer 2020
  • Monthly Model Y and quarterly Roadster raffles for Tesla referral program was discontinued on June 1, 2021.
  • Referral bounty for Tesla solar power systems increased from $100 to $500 for buyers and from $400 to $500 for referrers (September, 2021)
  • Note added at top: Tesla just updated its referral program such that only Solar Roof purchases apply.

Where Can I Find Out More?

Tesla maintains a page with details about the referral program at tesla.com/support/referral-program

Last Updated: September, 2021 (update added for increased solar bounties).

See the latest Tesla referral offer via my referral link: https://ts.la/christopher55570Follow me on Twitter @MrBoylan
 

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