The common connection of Tesla cars will be paid, announced the American manufacturer. But fear not, this only applies to new cars, and will only be used at the end of this decade.
The recurring costs of using a Tesla car have so far been minimal, with the only subscription available being ‘advanced connectivity’, which offers various extras to the standard package included for free. But that’s changing, as Tesla announced that standard connectivity will only be included eight years after the car’s purchase. Let’s see what will change.
Additional cash flow
We probably won’t teach you anything by remembering that little by little, the world of cars is also facing the registration model. This model, which consumers don’t necessarily appreciate, is nevertheless very profitable and is encouraged by shareholders who see additional profits flowing in easily.
Tesla isn’t on its first try, as after offering Supercharge and Premium connectivity for life on its first cars, this hasn’t been the case for a few years now. These days, the price per kWh at the Tesla Supercharger is around 0.52 euros in France, and the charging connection is only offered for one month with the purchase of the car.
Indeed, the Tesla fleet in circulation has increased significantly in recent years, the gifts that were possible when the number of Tesla Model S and Model X was low are completely absent, while the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are increasing. who are on the road.
So, in 2018 payment connection for 9.99 euros per monthoffering some additional features compared to a standard connection, as the table below notes.
As always, at no extra cost, and until now available for life when you buy the car, standard connectivity allowed you to use your Tesla without any mobility restrictions. Indeed, all you have to do is enter your destination and let yourself be guided, any Supercharger stations necessary to arrive safely will be automatically displayed.
For other features allowed by the connectivity packages, you had to put your hand in your pocket (9.99 euros per month), or share your smartphone’s Wi-Fi connection so that the car could be connected to it. In this way, while the car was parked, it was possible to watch Netflix or YouTube, or use a web browser while driving or while standing.
The only ones payment integration features (not even available via Wi-Fi and normal connection) be a satellite view of the map, a view of the camera around the car from the mobile application and a view of the traffic in real time.. Many customers were therefore satisfied with the standard, free connection, which probably did not please Tesla.
That’s how clever editing on the page related to the connection told us that the standard connection would disappear from the car eight years after its purchase, starting July 20, 2022. It is this date that is real: if your order is before this date, don’t worry, the standard connection will remain free for life.
That’s the problem now Tesla has not specified whether it will be possible to pay for standard connectivity or if customers will be required to pay for premium connectivity to continue to benefit from navigation services.something almost essential given that neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto are available.
Until this policy is implemented in the summer of 2030, however, there will undoubtedly be new changes, but one thing is certain: Tesla no longer wants to give you a standard lifetime connection for free.
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