After moving away from his free supercharging model due to sustainability issues, Tesla is now again reporting unlimited free supercharging as a way to sell some inventory cars after the updated drivetrain.
For the early years of the Model S and Model X program, unlimited free Supercharging was one of the best advantages Tesla offered its customers.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the advantage is not sustainable and even admitted that they should have stopped the incentive first:
"Sorry, it's not really sustainable in volume production and doesn't encourage optimal behavior. We probably should have closed earlier."
After that, Tesla still reported the free Supercharging as an incentive to sell inventory cars and even Model 3 during certain periods last year.
For a while, & # 39; Free unlimited supercharging has also been linked to Tesla's proprietary referral program, but since then the manufacturer has finished the program.
At the time of relaunching the referral program at the start of this year, Tesla again used free Supercharging as an incentive, but only with credits for 1,000 miles (5,000 miles until the end of the month).
Now, Tesla is reporting full unlimited free supercharging as an incentive separate from the referral program.
Applies to vehicles "new inventory" Model S and Model X that do not have the recently announced hardware update:
Electrek asked Tesla what "Free Supercharging" means exactly because the terms have changed a few times. The automaker has confirmed that its "free unlimited supercharging" for the life of the property. Change if the title is transferred or the vehicle is sold.
Electrek & # 39; s take
Free supercharging is never too far away. It's a big advantage, but I think it's hard to justify it in this case.
I would much prefer the new hardware upgrade when it comes to the 75D option.
As for the Long Range all-wheel drive options (100 kWh), there seem to be some pretty good prices that could be interesting.
If you are doing a lot of long distance travel, you could get your money's worth.
That said, if you order a new Model S or Model X now with a reference code, you get the new hardware and 5,000 miles of free Supercharging, which is not unlimited, but it is also a lot.
However, I find it difficult to recommend buying a Model S or Model X right now because I think more updates will arrive by the end of the year, but it's up to you.
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