No Free Supercharging for Tesla Model 3 Customers

Want to use the Superchargers? There’ll be no charge…

Tesla has received more than 400,000 pre-orders for its family hatchback sized pure electric car, the Model 3. With a price expected to be around $35,000 (or roughly £25,000 assuming the UK doesn’t get an increased price) it’s a good value car, by any standards, but for pure electric motoring it represents something of a bargain.

Despite its compact dimensions, the 3 will rival the likes of the Skoda Superb for interior space, will cruise along for 215 miles or so on battery power, and hit 60mph in a hot-hatch rivalling six seconds.

That explains why 400,000 people have each put down $1,000, giving Tesla a handy development fund of 400 million dollars.

However, even with that amount of cash in the bank, something has to give if the Model 3 is to hit the streets at that headline price. For those that assumed there would be free access to Tesla’s growing network of rapid-charging Superchargers, think again; buyers of the new car will have to pay to top up while out and about.

Handily, there’ll be an option to buy lifetime free access, but there’s currently no news as to what price that will be.

“It will still be very cheap, and far cheaper than gasoline, to drive long-distance with the Model 3,” explained Tesla founder Elon Musk, “but it will not be free long-distance for life unless you’ve purchased that package.”

The Tesla Model 3 is expected to arrive in Autumn 2017.

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