Tesla Bans Certain Owners From Using Superchargers


A whole bunch of EV owners won't be happy about this.

Starting this week Tesla has a new ‘fair use’ policy regarding its global Supercharger network. The reason for this new policy? To prevent the commercial use of its charging stations, according to Electrek. Instead, Tesla wants them used specifically for their intended purpose: long-distance travel. You see, this charging network, free to use for most Model S and Model X owners, is obviously very popular. Everything is better when it’s free. Teslas used as commercial vehicles were often found hogging the Supercharging stations.

Heck, sometimes they left vehicles at the stations all night. That’s now come to an end. Tesla’s new policy is that any new or used vehicle purchased used for commercial purposes cannot use any Superchargers anywhere in the world. What are ‘commercial purposes?’ Tesla defines them as a taxi, ride sharing (via Uber and Lyft), to deliver and transport goods, government purposes, or any other commercial venture. Who will this specifically affect? One transport company is Tesloop. Up until now, it depended upon those Superchargers in Southern California. But remember, this new rule only applies to newly purchased vehicles, not existing fleets.

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If an owner decides not to comply with this new policy, Tesla claims it has the ability to “limit or block their vehicle’s ability to use Supercharger stations.” Big Brother is also watching. This time his name is Elon Musk. Still, this is a necessary policy change. Previously, Tesla had something called 'idle fees,' which tried to prevent drivers from leaving their cars parked at the Superchargers. Clearly that didn't work as intended.