Submitted by jjs on June 25, 2013
I was thinking about the fact that all Model S owners can charge for free at super charging stations for the life of the car. (Or as long as they own the car? Is it transferable?)
That got me thinking about the future of the super charging stations when millions of Teslas are silently transporting us around the country. I don't believe all future Teslas will be given the same free-for-life charging currently afforded the Model S.
Perhaps the future might look something like this:
Super Chargers are free for Model S, and maybe Model X for the next few years. Gen III, perhaps not. I see a gradual shift by Tesla away from free to small charge growing to more significant charge (but always considerably lower the gas) as more and more Teslas hit the road. The model S and X will eventually be retired and then all future Teslas will pay for charging. Tesla also leases the tech to others who pay a little more then Tesla owners (Tesla Grin retained/reinforced.)
So SCers start as a marketing tool (as described by BrianH) to sell cars now and over time morph into a profit center.