It looks like supercharging will become more of a challenge for ride sharing and commercial drivers. Tesla rolled out restrictions that prohibit commercial drivers, which includes ride share drivers of Lyft and Uber from using Tesla’s Supercharging network. Tesla plans to find a solution for some commercial applications, but this new rule effects new and used Tesla models sold after December 15th.
Tesla has asked owners/drivers to change their behaviors. Meanwhile, Tesla will begin monitoring charging habits of owners. When they find that a driver is excessively using the Superchargers, they may “limit or block” the ability to use the Supercharging network. In a statement to Bloomberg the company said “We encourage the use of Teslas for commercial purposes and we’ll work proactively with these customers to find charging solutions that work best for them.”
Supercharging initially was offered as an ownership perk for every Tesla owner. However, with models like Model 3 coming into the mainstream and the unveiling of the Tesla Semi last month, it looks like free supercharging has run its course. Some Tesla owners were taking advantage of the Supercharging network and hogging up the free parking spots while other owners complained and waited. Therefore, its understandable why Tesla wants to charge a fee.