One of Tesla's vehicles' main attractions, both the Model S sedan and Model X SUV, is the fact they have their very own charging station network. These Superchargers can only be accessed by Teslas and can recharge the electric vehicle’s battery in a short time.
For the next car in the manufacturer’s lineup, the Model 3, people are expecting a lot: it will be the first affordable Tesla—starting at around $40,000—and will be built in great numbers.
However, access to the Supercharger network will not be free for all the Model 3s. According to Elon Musk, buyers that want to charge at Tesla’s stations will have to buy a specific option at a yet undisclosed price.
Obviously, it makes sense for Tesla to restrict access to its Superchargers. Right now, 373 000 pre-orders for the Model 3 have been registered, and the manufacturer wants to build up to 500 000 units in the first year. If they sell every single one of those, the Supercharger network could quickly be overwhelmed.