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Tesla Wants Its Unlimited Free Supercharging Back – Review Geek

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Trade in your old Tesla for a new one, but then pay to charge it up.

All Current Tesla Models Lined Up

In Tesla’s early days, the company offered free unlimited supercharging to convince people to switch to electric vehicles. Those who owned a fancy Model S or Model X didn’t need to pay for gas or electricity. It’s a huge plus, but now it looks like Tesla wants it back.

Those with an older Model S/X can use any of the thousands of Tesla Superchargers completely free. And while Tesla eventually stopped offering that freebie to new customers, many still take advantage of it and have older vehicles yet to be replaced.

In an effort to eliminate free charging and move those users to a newer vehicle, Tesla is offering an extra $5,000 to trade in for a new EV. Several users on Reddit shared images of an email sent to the owners and it reads:

“Current owners of Tesla Model S or Model X with active unlimited free supercharging are eligible for an additional $5,000 toward their trade-in value. To qualify, owners must trade in their Model S or Model X with Unlimited Free SuperCharge and purchase a new Model S or Model X.”

Let’s say you own an older Model S or Model X that has Unlimited Free SuperCharge associated with it. In that case, the automaker will give you an extra $5,000 when you trade it in for a newer model. A new Model S/X doesn’t come free, so you’ll have to decide what’s best for you.

That said, you’ll get a nice discount on a new Tesla. That’s because you get what the vehicle is worth, plus an additional $5,000. While this is a decent incentive that might finally convince someone with a car that’s 8-10 years old to upgrade, it certainly won’t be for everyone.

Tesla wants to get rid of older vehicles with free charging, since the promotion only applies to those models. This will not only help the company sell new vehicles, but it will also increase revenue, since all those trade-ins will have to start paying to load up the car.

I don’t know about you, but the free charge is nice. However, early Model S and Model X vehicles are starting to show their age, and replacement battery packs are very expensive, so it might not be a bad deal.


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