Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently said that the company considered asking future customers of the upcoming Model 3 to pay for the Supercharging stations.
Tesla has made some serious investments into its Supercharging network to easy up the “mileage” pressure from its customers. The Model S and Model X drivers can now enjoy free recharging from the company’s 632 Supercharger stations around the world, but Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk recently said the costs would be shared with owners of its upcoming Model 3 electric sedan. “Free Supercharging fundamentally has a cost, ” he told to automaker’s shareholders during a meeting this week, quoted by Bloomberg.
However, Musk did not specify how much they would be charged, but he promised that driving a Tesla model would be far less expensive than running a gas-powered car. “The obvious thing to do is decouple that from the cost of the Model 3,” CEO added. “So it will still be very cheap, and far cheaper than gasoline, to drive long-distance with the Model 3, but it will not be free long distance for life unless you purchase that package.”
At the unveiling of the Tesla Model 3, Musk promised to further expand the network of Superchargers – which can deliver 170 miles of range in 30 minutes – and of those 3,780 individual chargers, by doubling their numbers by the end of next year. Tesla had 373,000 pre-orders for the 35,000-dollar electric sedan, a model that will enter into production in 2017 and made Tesla set an ambitious production target of 500,000 units in 2018.