Back in November last year, Tesla announced that the company is changing its policy of unlimited free Supercharging for all transports in 2017. Tesla said that for the company's ordered after January 1, 2017, the offer of unlimited free Supercharging would be replaced by a 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits included annually, that is about 1,000 miles.
Tesla's Unlimited Supercharger Extension
Tesla made an announcement on January 2, that there will be a 2-week extension during which potential customers can still order the Tesla Model S or Tesla Model X and take advantage of the unlimited free Supercharging offer. The changed rule will now be applied to vehicles ordered after January 15, 2017.
According to Fred Lambert, the managing editor and main writer at Electrek, all the new Tesla Model S and Model X ordered before January 15, 2017 will be able to use the unlimited Supercharger at the cost of $0.40 per minute idle fee introduced last month, which has been added regardless of when the vehicle was delivered since it directs to make sure people use the Superchargers for charging and not just for parking.
As of today, Tesla operates over 760 Supercharger stations across the whole world and it plans to increase the number this year ahead of the start of volume production of the Tesla's Model 3. In addition to that, Tesla is said to be working on a new generation of its very own Supercharger with a much higher charging rate.
Tesla Model 3 To Have Supercharger V3
According to Electrek, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was on Twitter responding to a few questions, specifically about the new Easter Eggs that the company included in its latest updates. The conversation goes like this.
@elonmusk Any update on plan to install solar arrays at Supercharger stations?
— Fred Lambert (@FredericLambert) December 24, 2016
The latest version of Tesla's Supercharger brought the capacity to 145 kW. That means it is over 350 kW that would be something else entirely. After the unveiling of the Supercharger in 2012, Tesla CTO JB Straubel said that Tesla aims to bring the charging down to 5 to 10 minutes: “It’s not going to happen in a year from now. It’s going to be hard. But I think we can get down to five to 10 minutes."