Tesla has always offered this option, but soon it will no longer be the case.

Tesla has always offered this option, but soon it will no longer be the case.

Tesla decided to charge its users (over time) for its free connectivity option once.

Tesla continues to raise its prices. While demand for Model 3s and Model Ss continues to grow, prices for these electric vehicles have risen significantly over the past 12 months. Today it takes about 55,000 euros for the cheapest version of the Model 3. A car that could be negotiated for 36,000 euros a few months ago (6,000 euros of ecological bonus included).

But at Tesla, the hour of prosperity seems to have come to an end, and austerity rules today. After removing the Tesla Model S gift chains for new buyers, it’s the turn of the common connection to pay. In the newsletter, the Austin car brand explains that this option, offered to all buyers until now, will be paid off after eight years of use.

Tesla is locking down its OS a little more

If this time is long enough and allows Tesla users and buyers to see things coming, this symbolically shows where the new priorities of the manufacturer lie. When the latter should, for the first time in its history, pass the million copies sold mark in a calendar year, Tesla tries to make its cars as profitable as possible.

In addition to the purchase price, they are therefore options, which, like BMW, will be paid for, one by one. As for the standard connection, which is currently at the heart of the news, this concerns basic functions such as navigation or even music and multimedia content available via Bluetooth.

If this basic option was offered until now, this was not the case for the “premium” version which, in turn, has always required a subscription to be opened. Although Elon Musk’s project is to make Tesla “an OS better than cars” and that the operating system present in the Model 3 and Model S is very closed, it is difficult to see how users could do without “normal” connectivity.

Tesla plays BMW and multiplies the options

In a car as technologically advanced as Tesla, it would be a real shame not to be able to connect your phone to the on-board computer or enjoy advanced solutions such as navigation and music on a large and powerful screen like an iPad.

Also check out Tesla (and other automakers) who are ramping up subscription deals on their cars. Recently it was BMW that drew the ire of its consumers by paying for the use of heated seats. A small option for a few euros a month, of course, but which made the UK cringe, the first country to see the application.