Starting next year, Tesla will give up on free charging at Supercharger stations

In a Monday announcement, electric vehicle maker Tesla has revealed that, with effect from January 2017, the company will give up on free charging at its international network of Supercharger stations.

The announcement implies that, from next year onwards, charging at Tesla's Superchargers will not be free any more. As such, new Tesla buyers who want to plug in their electric vehicles at the Superchargers will have to pay a fee.

The Supercharger Network, which underscores the fastest charging solution in the world, was introduced by Tesla in 2012, to facilitate expedient long distance travel. Over the last four years, Tesla has set up over 4,600 Superchargers - including 734 Superchargers worldwide - to offer a "seamless and convenient charging experience" to more than 160,000 Tesla owners.

In announcing its plans to give up on free charging from next year, Tesla said that the move underscores a change to the economics of Supercharging --- a change which will give Tesla the ability to reinvest in the Supercharger Network, speed up its growth, and unfold the best Supercharging experience to all current and future owners of Tesla vehicles.

In announcing the change, Tesla said: "For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually. Beyond that, there will be a small fee to Supercharge which will be charged incrementally."