Tesla gives all existing owners free Supercharger use, as well as new referrals

Back in January electric car maker Tesla announced that it was bringing an end to the free unlimited Supercharger use perk for new buyers. Anyone who purchased a Tesla after January 15th would get 400 kWh of Supercharger credit per year, but after that they would need to pay to charge up their car while away from home. Fortunately those who did buy a Tesla after that cutoff date are in for a nice surprise: the company is retroactively giving all existing owners free Supercharger use.

It's important to note that this change only applies to those who purchased their Tesla between January 15th and today; any future buyers will still need to pay for Supercharger use after their 400 kWh credit. Plus, any existing owners that choose to upgrade to a newer Model S or Model X in the future will be able to keep the free charging perk.

The reason for the change of heart? The company is adding the unlimited charging to their new referral program. In other words, if a new buyer wants to score that unlimited Supercharger perk, they can get it by using one of an existing owner's five referral codes — a bonus that also gets them $1,000 off the car's price.

"We heard from our customers that free, unlimited Supercharging was one of their favorite reasons to refer a friend to buy a Tesla, so we're bringing it back for Model S and Model X owners through our referral program, which we update periodically. Beginning today, existing owners can give free, unlimited Supercharging to up to five friends by sharing their referral code, and all existing Tesla owners who purchase a new Model S or Model X will receive free, unlimited Supercharging too."

Drivers who bought their Tesla before January 15th are unaffected by this change, since they already have unlimited Supercharger use for the life of their vehicle. But it's great news for those bought one in the last few months, as well as the friends of those recent buyers who were thinking of getting one as well.

SOURCE Electrek