Typical Tesla Supercharging Station
Tesla's Supercharging network is one of the strongest selling point of electric cars.
The upcoming Model 3 will be allowed to use the Superchargers, just like the Model S and Model X, but it will not be free.
While Model S and Model X are assigned free lifetime use of the network for long-distance travel as part of the purchase price, the Model 3 is a different story. As expected, free charging won't be extended to Tesla's mass-market car.
Model 3 owners will have two options to use Superchargers:
- purchase package for lifetime access
- pay for use from time to time
“Free Supercharging fundamentally has a cost. The obvious thing to do is decouple that from the cost of the Model 3. 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.”
Musk did not provide any additional details on the cost for charging a Model 3, but he did state the following:
“The best thing to do is to charge your car where you charge your phone: at home and at work.”