Tesla Extends Unlimited Free Supercharging Offer to January 15, 2017

Unlimited Free Supercharging offer extended to January 15, 2016 by Tesla Motors

The window had almost closed for Tesla buyers looking for unlimited free Supercharging, but the EV and power storage company has extended the deadline to January 15. As it stands, if you purchase a Tesla by that date, you will get access to unlimited free Supercharging for the lifetime of your electric vehicle.

The original deadline was December 31, 2016. This is what Tesla announced in November:

“For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally and cost less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car.”

Under the newly extended deadline, the 400kWh of free Supercharging offer will begin from January 16, after the unlimited free Supercharging deal expires:

“Due to high demand at the end of the year, we’ve extended the order date by two weeks for customers who were unable to finalize their purchase by December 31, 2016. Any Tesla ordered by January 15, 2017 and built by April 15, 2017 will continue to benefit from free unlimited Supercharging. For Model S and Model X vehicles ordered after January 15, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel.”

That’s great news for thousands of potential Tesla Model X or Model S owners who weren’t able to get their orders in during the hectic holiday season of 2016.

Tesla still holds that paid Supercharging will cost less than the price of fuel for a standard ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle, but hasn’t announced what that price will be. However, there is this assurance from Tesla Motors:

“We will release the details of the program later this year, and while prices may fluctuate over time and vary regionally based on the cost of electricity, our Supercharger Network will never be a profit center.”

Obviously, Tesla doesn’t want this to be a deciding factor for potential customers that buy their EVs after the deadline. Even so, it would be good to have a baseline cost just so you know what you can expect to pay in case you order a Tesla car after the January 15 deadline.

Tesla currently charges an “idle fee” of 40 cents per minute if you keep your car at the Supercharger bay for more than 5 minutes.

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