Elon Musk has mentioned that the use of Superchargers will be free for owners of ALL (future) Tesla EV models (S, X, Gen3, etc.)

I remember having heard him say that in one of his interview's.

But I just cannot remember which particular interview that was (must be several interviews actually).

Therefore I would like some help of you guys to find that particular interview in which we can actually hear him say that.

Thank you for your help

Bump so you can get an answer.
But it's not free for MS60 owners, they pay an up-charge of $2000 for optional access to the free charging. It is factored into 85 prices.


That's correct. Supercharger capability has a price, indeed. But that is a ONE TIME amount up front (of even later).

But I was aiming at the periodic use of the Supercharger station.

EVERY ONE pays the $2k up-charge... S60s, S85s, P85, everyone! Whether its included in the price or not... whether they get you on the front-end or back-end... your paying for it!!

Don't think your getting it for free.

I think they should also offer a subscription price. $500 one-time + $25 per supercharge for Model-E eventually. Consumers will not be interested in a similar price of $2K unless they live within 5-10 miles max of an SC and could use it often but might want it for a trip. Consumers will want an assurance that they could get a charge in a pinch, if needed, and would pay for it as needed.

Just google and you will find it... here is one

@ Renegade

I am not saying that we are getting it for free at all.

Supercharger capability has a price, indeed. But that is a ONE TIME amount up front (or even later).

But I was ONLY aiming at the periodic use of the Supercharger station.

the 2k is to help pay for deploying all the super chargers. they selling 23k this year, that would be $46mil of everyone paid for it which i think is pretty close. at 300k a supercharger, you get 153 super chargers this year. next year they will sell 50K model S/X, that works out to 100M, that would be money for another 300 supercharger locations. mind you these things don't really cost anything to operate, they have the solar panels, plus they doing buffering for the electric company so they get money for that.

it isn't too hard to imagine tesla turning a profit.

so in summary, in the next two years, they will have enough money to roll out all superchargers. 300 in the usa and 153 in the rest of the world? think with gen 3 they can charge 1k instead... if they sell 300k a year, it would be 300 mil going towards the supercharger network!

amazing! exciting times!


I have read that press release, but I have not found the answer to the original question. Would you please point out exactly what part of the text you are referring to? Thanks

I really hope the build-out goes to schedule since I've supposedly paid for the privilege of using them, but don't have one within 300 miles of me.

@eddiemoy - can you explain the buffering and solar?

I was not aware that the SCs did any type of buffering. I have read that in Japan they have Leaf's plugged in that provide power in case of power failure and to balance the grid but have not heard of SCs having that capability now or planned.

I have not seen a solar installation with an SC - but I've seen 4, all in the northeast. Do others have solar installations that generate electricity equal to what is used to charge the cars?

@Benz - The text in the title says "Drive the Model S Electric Car Anywhere in the Country on Pure Sunlight for Free" In paragraph six is "said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. "We are giving Model S the ability to drive almost anywhere for free on pure sunlight." If you need to hear it from him, go here: and click on the video third down from the top entitled "Supercharger Announcement". If that doesn't do it for you then I'm just not understanding your question.

"Do others have solar installations that generate electricity equal to what is used to charge the cars?"

I think I have head that mentioned but I'm not sure the math adds up. Assume 400 ft^2 over each bay (very generous) = 37 m^2. Assume 250 W per square meter (VERY generous, averaged over day, total power generated in day divided by time in day). Then 200 W/m^2 * 37 m^2 * 24h = 178 kWh. Enough to give four 85s a half charge. But four should only take, say, less than four hours.

So not enough energy available from cannopy--assuming all bays will service more than four 85s per day anyway.

Perhaps we will eventually see solar panels installed on the roofs of nearby establishments until there is positive net production in each location.

Searching just a bit my assumed average Wattage (200 actually used in the calcuation) is probably high by a factor of 2, meaning enough energy for only two 85 half-charges is the more likely average daily output from 400 ft^2 area of solar pannls. Ballpark. (400 ft^2 happens to be the size of my two car garage).

Every time I have heard Elon say it in an interview he is VERY careful with the wording. He will always say "Supercharging will always be free forever." He does not say any particular models will get the ABILITY to Supercharge or not, except for the Model S. When he DOES mention the Model S in those statements, he will nearly always mention it is for "a Model S that is equipped to do so"... meaning not the 60kWh models that people didn't specifically buy the SC capability.

This means future models will more than likely have the same option the 60kWh Model S does. At any point while you own the car, you can pay the one-time Supercharger upgrade fee, and it will get enabled on your vehicle. I am not expecting anything short of the Performance models to have it included in the price of new Tesla Models.

So, Supercharging will always be free, but you must purchase the capability for your car to use Superchargers in the first place.

Guys, I think Benz's question is painfully obvious IF you read the title of this thread. None of the links answered his question. We know about S. He's asking about X and E.

I'm going to take a wild guess. The X is basically an S with a different body slapped on the skateboard. Since Tesla is smart, they can be expected to reuse as many components as possible. I would venture a guess that the X will have lifetime superchargers.

As to the E, I don't know if that's been decided. Right now there are perhaps 10,000 S on the road with supercharging and not all in locations where supercharging is available. Now, imagine 1,000,000 E on the road. That's a pretty big project. But Elon's a big-bet guy.

Final note - I've had access to supercharging for 6 months. Have used 2,300 SC charged miles. My old car would have used 127 gallons of gas or over $500.00. So in 6 months, I've recovered a quarter of my supercharger hardware cost. I'll have it paid off in another year and a half, and then it is truly free.

I really, HIGHLY doubt the Gen III will not have the ability to Supercharge. The whole reason for the Supercharger was to counter the "range anxiety/long distance" argument. If the Gen III does not have Supercharger capability, that argument would suddenly be back on the table. It isn't Elon's, or Tesla's style to do that.

More than likely it will be a purchasable software upgrade, just like in the Model S 60kWh.

We paid $2000 for the ability to use SC

Assuming 13 cents per kwh (At home)

Assuming 2.5 miles per kwh

2000/13*2.5 = 38462 miles

I will have to use the SC to charge and drive that many miles to break even with my home charger.

After that, then it is FREE

Is my math close!!!

The X, E and other models will have lifetime supercharging included in the price, or as an option, or not available at all. It is up to Tesla. Even the S in the future may or may not include supercharging.

In other words, Tesla can do whatever they want in any new car they sell. Just like they changed the options and pricing on the S a little while ago. They would, however, have a hard time changing it for existing owners.

...and they can sell supercharges a-la-carte if they want.


If you are only competing with yourself, then yes, drive 38,462 using only SC and you have broke even. Take it a step further and compare to a gas car @ $4, and:

Lets use a prius since its the most fuel efficient vehicle...

38,462/50(mpg)= 769 gallons of gas. @$4/gallon = $3,076

So you saved $1,076 in gas pricing as well. Now for someone who used to drive a 25mpg car = 38,462/25= 1538 gallons @$4 = $6,152

saving you an extra $4,152 :)

OK guys, I think that I have found it!!!

At the annual shareholder meeting in June 2013 there was enough time for a Q&A session, Elon Musk talked about the use of the Supercharger and mentioned the following:

"Effectively the cost of the Supercharger network is built into the price of the car."


"And I really wanted it always to be the case that the Supercharger is free once you bought the car, so we don't want to have this sort of pay everytime you arrive thing. I think it's just so much easier if you just built it into the cost and you arrive and you just never have to deal with anything."

Now that is sufficient to conclude that periodic charging at Supercharger stations for Tesla EV's -that (will) have Supercharger Capability- will be free forever. Because the cost of the Superchargers is built into the price of the cars.

Every time they have a conferece call, they also say that no matter what they executives say, the future is subject to change.

I can see when they are trying to build an affordable car, they may not want to build the supercharging into the price up front. Especially for people that will not use it.

Prediction is very hard, especially about the future. (thanks Yogi!) - That $0.13 per kWh seems way off (although it depends where you live). If you're on the road, you're never going to get the late night home rate. A better estimate would use something like $0.40 per kWh. That results in a payback of the $2000 fee in 12,500 miles of Supercharger use (using your other assumptions).

Then again, the alternatives are all so much more expensive (ICE cars, planes, trains, etc.), so that this calculation really doesn't make that much sense.

to keep base price low as possible for marketing reasons I think Model E will do the same thing as a 60 -offer supercharging for 2000 bucks or so. Hopefully the network will be even more built up than even the 2015 map shows with some additional options for destination charging. I fully agree with avoiding metro areas for now but at some point mass adoption is going to require Superchargers or something like it everywhere.

For the Model E, which will be more of a commuter car, why not market it with a basic 75 mile battery, with options for 150 and 250 miles?

Lower entry price and the option to increase range later with likely better/cheaper chemistry.

I think Elon has said he won't make car with less that 200 miles range.


I thought Tesla already tried 40kWh or 160 Tesla Miles (not EPA miles) and had to discontinue it due to low sales.

You want to try low range again?

The 40 kWh Tesla Model S was a "hobbled horse" according to Elon Musk (compared to the 60 kWh and the 85 kWh). So therefore it was discontinued.

But I dare to disagree with Elon Musk on that (the 40 kWh Tesla Model S being a hobbled horse). In my opinion the real reason was that if the 40 kWh Tesla Model S would have been offered, than the distances inbetween the Supercharger locations would have had to be even smaller, and therefore Tesla Motors would have had to place many more Supercharger Stations than that they have to place now. So what I actually mean is that the 40 kWh Tesla Model S has been sacrificed in order to increase the distance inbetween the Supercharger locations, and therefore automatically decrease the number of Supercharger stations that have to be placed to cover the are. All that to make free long-distance possible at a lower financial investment (more Superchargers will obviously cost more money, you know).

Specially the people in The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, etc. (actually the people from all the smaller countries in Europe who hardly ever do drive more than 100 km per day) would surely have chosen to prefer the 40 kWh Tesla Model S in much higher numbers, as it would have been priced at a lower pricepoint than the 60 kWh Tesla Models S. And most of these people would also not have chosen the Supercharger option either, just to keep the price as low as possible. But this does not fit into the picture (of this decade) of Elon Musk. I am not speaking of the long-term vision (as from 2020 and further), because there it would. It has all got to do with the level of annual sales figures, everytime you add a zero then there is a different picture (hundreds - thousands - ten thousands - hundred thousands - millions - ten millions). Yet we are at the picture of tens of thousands (official outlook for 2013 is 21,000 and we know already that surely will prove to be to concervative).

I already said it few times on the forum, but I have to repeat it. If they decide to build supercharger cost into the Model E (GenIII) price, there will be people who will charge only at superchargers just like people willing to wait in rows for a bit cheaper gas.

Targeting customers with less money won't be the same as targeting Model S/X buyers.

I'd like to see "free" SC for Model E, but I think it won't make financial sense for Tesla, they want to make Model E as cheap as possible while including free supercharging would make it few thousands $ more expensive.

And final thought - if next generation of supercharging for GenIII will be even faster it would give even more incentives to charge at SC only (for people living nearby). Especially in the Europe which does not have such open unpopulated areas as US.

For now, all we know for sure is that current Model S owners have "free" charging for life of the car. Other Tesla cars are subject to change.