Tesla Says Free Supercharging Is Back
Tesla has resurrected its plan to provide free, unlimited access to its supercharger stations for the automaker’s customers. While the company frequently rejiggers its product offerings, this one still came out of left field. CEO Elon Musk called the plan unsustainable when the company officially eliminated it in 2018.
However, with the manufacturer seeing increasing sales volume from the Model 3, its premium models are falling by the wayside. Tesla reported 95,200 deliveries in the second quarter, the vast majority being the Model 3. While the company managed to generate $6.3 billion in revenue in the second quarter from those transactions, weaker Q1 volumes took a bite out of its share price and it still lost money through both periods. But it lost a couple hundred million less in Q2 thanks to the uptick in sales.
We imagine some egghead at the Fremont factory noticed a correlation between losing less money and higher sales, had a eureka moment, and ran to tell Musk the good news. And, since it’s the Model S and X that are losing ground, the firm realized it makes good sense to incentivize them.
The company is doing everything in its power to improve the profit margins of its flagship products. In addition to dumping the basement trims, it sought to mitigate manufacturing costs by reducing options and streamlining assembly. But that’s all for naught if it can’t get customers interested in those vehicles.
Which is why unlimited supercharger access is limited to the Model S and X.
Unfortunately, with Tesla making changes to pricing, content, and rewards on a monthly basis, we’re dubious as to how long this deal will last. At present, there is a supercharger referral program that allows for 1,000 miles worth of electricity and a chance to win a new car while older programs are still being phased out. When questioned, Tesla reps said the new arrangement wouldn’t be limited to any specific length of time — which is kind of a nice way of saying “whenever.”
Regardless, we imagine anyone who purchased a Model S or X beforehand are extra salty right now. Numerous comments in the weekend Twitter announcement’s thread used colorful language to help make that point. The rest politely suggested free supercharging be extended to all loyal customers.
BREAKING: All new Model S and Model X orders now come with ⚡ free ⚡ unlimited ⚡ Supercharging ⚡
— Tesla (@Tesla) August 3, 2019
[Image: Tesla Motors]
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