Recent reports suggest Tesla has started to ship its EVs with a battery state-of-charge that’s less than 50%. This is a safer practice than shipping them fully charged. To compensate for the loss of miles of range, Tesla is giving the new owners 150 free Supercharging kilometers.
Lack Of Charging Infra
If you’ve bought an electric car in the past, hope it was fully charged at the time of delivery, just like every new vehicle sold should have a full tank of gas. However, due to a lack of charging infrastructure and know-how in the industry, we’ve heard stories about people picking up their new EVs only to learn that the battery is almost dead. It’s not like they can just stop in quickly to the gas station and alleviate the problem. Tesla makes a point to ensure that every EV it delivers is fully charged at the time of delivery. Of course, there are likely exceptions, but it’s a good goal to have. Sometimes, if the company is just delivering too many cars at once, it may have to deal with delivering some that are close to fully charged, but not at the max capacity.
However, you should be prepared since Tesla has announced that it will deliver some cars with less than a 50% state of charge. The announcement from Tesla reads via Electrek: Electrek notes that while there is no obvious information out there about whatever “industry policy” Tesla is referring to, there are many shipping companies that require EVs to have between a 20 and 50% state of charge upon being loaded onto the vessel for export.
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