Tesla Is Offering Free Supercharging Again (With A Catch)

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Prices aren’t the only thing that Tesla has changed recently. The electric automaker took to Twitter to announce that free Supercharging will, once again, be offered on Model S and Model X orders placed after August 3. But there a few catches, as Green Car Reports points out, that you should know about.

For one, the Model 3 isn’t available with free Supercharging, the deal is only with Tesla’s high-end vehicles. Unlike before, all new Model S and Model X EVs are available with free Supercharging for life – Tesla isn’t limiting this offer to a small number of vehicles like it has before or placing this offer under its referral program. The only issue that the free Supercharging is only available to the original owner. It does not transfer in the event the vehicle is sold.

Tesla’s free Supercharging policy has changed numerous times over the years. Originally, Supercharging was free with the purchase of a Tesla, which was then phased out toward the end of 2016. Since then, it’s come back in various forms through referral codes, sales incentives, and for limited amounts of a specific model, states Green Car Reports. More recently, Model S and Model X owners had free Supercharging for up to 400 kilowatt-hours every year. Orders placed after November 2018 were not eligible for that offer.

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The decision to bring back Supercharging at no cost is to boost sales. The outlet claims that sales of Tesla’s more expensive vehicles have been cut in half with Tesla reaching its full production capability with the Model 3.

This isn’t the only change Tesla has made to the Model S and Model X recently. The automaker simplified the two vehicles’ lineup to include only Long Range and Performance trims. Tesla also reduced the price of the Model 3 in July to help offset the reduction in the federal tax credit.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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