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Tesla explains how much Supercharging will cost new buyers

Because new Model S and X EVs will no longer come with free lifetime access to Superchargers.
Tesla explains how much Supercharging will cost new buyers
Mariella Moon
Mariella Moon|@mariella_moon|January 12, 2017 9:38 PM

If you've still yet to buy your dream Model X or S, we're afraid you only have a couple of days to get one with free lifetime access to Tesla's Supercharger stations. That perk ends on January 15th and will be replaced by a more limited offering. After the 15th, you'll get 400 kWh of free supercharging credits every year with a Model X or S instead of unlimited access, though you can top up if you're willing to pay more. Now, the automaker has revealed more details about how much it would cost to charge your car if you use up your credits before they're replenished every year.

Prices are fixed within each state in the US and within each country overseas. You'll pay per kWh in most locations, though some areas require customers to be charged per minute instead. The company's new FAQ section lists prices per state: California residents, for instance, will have to pay $0.20 per kWh, while those in New York will pay $0.19 per kWh. The section also explains that unused credits don't roll over to the next year, so you might as well use them all up.

The company said in a statement:

"To put the affordability of Supercharging into perspective, customers will pay about $15 for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, about $120 from Los Angeles to New York, about €60 from Paris to Rome, and about ¥400 from Beijing to Shanghai."

According to Tesla's research, 400 kWh is enough to power one of its cars for 1,000 miles and can cover the driving needs of most owners for a whole year. If you don't do a lot of long-distance driving, you might never even have to pay for extra charging.

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Tesla explains how much Supercharging will cost new buyers