Access to Tesla‘s innovative network of Superchargers, which are presently complimentary to all Tesla owners are going to cost over 300,000 clients of pre-order list of Tesla Model 3. During the other day’s yearly investor conference, Tesla CEO Elon Musk acknowledged as much, specifying that “The obvious thing to do is [to] decouple [the expense of Supercharging] from the cost of the Model 3.” Presently, owners of the Tesla Model S sedan and the Design X crossover SUV have free access to the company’s cross-country network of Turbo charging stations that can include roughly 170 miles of range to the cars’ battery pack in only 30 minutes.
However, since Model 3 consumers will still have the choice to unlock lifetime access to the Tesla’s Superchargers as part of a concealed package. The expense of this plan, and what other features it might or might not feature, were not revealed; however, Musk added that those who choose not to select lifetime Supercharger access will find the cost of Supercharging to be extremely low-cost, and far more affordable than gas.
With the company’s new announced strategies to sell a million vehicles by 2020, it appears the crushing weight of capitalism is taking a hit on Tesla’s dreams. Initially conceived to be solar energy, nearly all Supercharger stations are currently linked to the grid. On the other hand, the automakers’s much-touted 90-second battery swap program from previously these few years has long since been abandoned.