Elon Musk revealed at the annual Tesla shareholders meeting that buyers of the Model 3 won’t be eligible for free use of the brand’s Superchargers, because Tesla “can’t figure out how to make it less expensive”.
Musk’s remarks come in relation to the Model 3’s comparatively low starting price compared to the Model S and Model X, both of which come with a lifetime of free use of Superchargers.
He said that due to the 3’s low sale price, Tesla can’t afford to offer free electricity if it wants to remain profitable.
Given that the Model 3 is expected to cost around £35,000 in the UK, which is close to half the price of the Model X (pictured below) and about £22,000 less than a Model S, and that it’s been ordered by more than half a million buyers (more than 10 times the number of pre-orders received for the Model X), this is understandable.
Nevertheless, Tesla is considering offering Model 3 buyers the chance to upgrade to a lifetime of free Supercharger electricity for an extra purchase cost. “But it will not be free long-distance charging for life unless you purchase that package,” added Musk.