Tesla asking Model S owners to cut back on local Supercharging
Tesla wants to add a new stipulation to its Supercharging network.
Tesla Motors has roiled owners of its Model S sedan by issuing a letter asking some local drivers to refrain from using the company's Supercharger network.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk raised a few eyebrows last month when he accused some Model S owners of "aggressively” using its charging network for local Supercharging. Musk added that the company would "sort of send them just a reminder note that it's cool to do it occasionally, but that it's meant to be a long-distance thing.”
Keeping good on that promise, Tesla has begun sending out notices to Model S owners deemed to be Supercharger abusers. "As a frequent user of local Superchargers, we ask that you decrease your local Supercharging and promptly move your Model S once charging is complete,” one sentence of the notice reads.
More than a few Model S owners have labeled the notice as "insulting and annoying.” Tesla has touted the Supercharger network as a perk of Model S ownership, and calls the service "free forever.” Moreover, there is no fine print that stipulates the Superchargers can only be used by long-distance drivers.
Tesla also appears to be targeting the wrong Model S drivers. According to Green Car Reports, a number of the Model S owners who received the notice rarely, if ever, use their local Supercharger network.
"I have used my local Supercharger exactly once,” one owner who received the notice posted on the Tesla Motor Club forum. "So, yes, I took offense at the wording.”
There have been reports of long queues at certain Supercharger locations, but Tesla' didn't give an exact reason for the issuing of the notice. It's also possible that Tesla's recent cash burn has the company looking for ways to cut costs. Whatever the case, Tesla now has a small but angry mob of Model S owners on its hands.