Published on August 12, 2018 |
by Chris Boylan

August 12, 2018 by Chris Boylan

One of the biggest advantages Tesla currently has over all other electric cars is its own supercharger network. When you connect a Tesla Model 3, Model S or Model X to a Tesla Supercharger, you can recover approximately 60% of the car's range in less than half an hour or 100% of its range in 60-70 minutes. While this is significantly longer than filling a traditional gas powered car, it is fast enough that it is convenient to take a Tesla on a long drive.

Tesla surprised its early Model S reservation owners with the release of the first Superchargers in 2012 and the news that the owners of Model S had unlimited unlimited access to supercharging for life (well, the life of the car anyway). Since then, the automaker continues to offer its Model S and Model X customers the free unlimited Supercharger option as long as they purchase the car through a reference link from an existing Tesla owner.

For model 3 owners, however, supercharging has always been a pay-per-use option. You pay a fee based on how much electricity you use. The price you pay varies geographically. In New York I'm charged 24 cents per kWh (kilowatt hour), which is slightly more than I pay at home during non-productive hours, but less than I pay at peak times. It's about 70% less than what I've paid for gasoline, mile after mile, in a Toyota Highlander hybrid. Well, it's not super-expensive, but free would be better.

Tesla's Supercharger network enables long-distance travel in most parts of the world.

Last week, Tesla quietly announced that it would extend the free option Supercharging for life to those who buy a Model 3, but there was a catch: only the performance version of the Model 3 qualifies. So, if you do not plan to pony the premium for the high-end performance version of the Model 3, you still have to pay per use on the pump (the electron pump). Of course, the performance version also offers other benefits, but the upgrade is a significant bonus. A Model 3 performance model currently starts at $ 64,000, which is a $ 10,000 premium over the dual-engine, long-range, non-performance variant.

So, what do you get for that 10,000 bonus?

¤ Free Unlimited Supercharging for the life of the car (again, with reference)

¤ 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds (vs. 5.1 seconds for the non-performance version)

¤ Maximum speed of 145 mph (vs. 140 mph for the regular version)

The Performance Model also includes an optional Performance Upgrade Package ($ 5,000 extra), which includes:

¤ 20 "performance wheels (compared to standard 18" aerobikes)

¤ Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires

¤ Performance brakes (with chic red calipers)

¤ Carbon fiber spoiler

¤ Reduced suspension

¤ Pedals made of aluminum alloy

¤ Increased top speed from 145 mph to 155 mph

Model 3 performance

The Tesla Model 3 Performance version is available with optional 20-inch performance wheels and a carbon spoiler.

Although Tesla claims a sixty-second zero-sixty time in the performance model, real tests show that it's actually a bit better, with repeated 0-60 mph times of about 3.3 seconds, our friends added Teslarati,

Per Tesla's announcement ends the offer of unlimited free supercharging for life on the Model 3 Performance version September 16, 2018, After that, the free supercharging will be included only for the first year of ownership. To use this referral offer, you can use my referral link here:

Free unlimited charge on Model S, Model X or Model 3 (until September 16, 2018)

Read more about my adventures with the Tesla Model 3:

Here's how $ 7,000 damage looks on a Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 Road Trip: Super fun, but some planning required

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About the author

Chris Boylan is an enthusiast for electric vehicles and alternative fuels who has been writing about technology since 2003.


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