The time has finally come. Since Tesla started using cellular connectivity in its vehicles, there’s been the hint that users would eventually end up paying for the service. The cellular connectivity is used to enable features like internet streaming, Autopilot map tiles and data, live traffic map and data, as well as push over-the-air software updates to get the new feature.
In 2014, Tesla clarified its free internet would start changing in 2018:
To further enhance the driver experience, new Model S customers will now receive free data connectivity and Internet radio for four years. As an added benefit to our existing Model S customers, the free four year period starts on January 1, 2014. To be fair to all, in rare cases a customer may be charged for extreme data use.
However, it looks like the owner of Tesla cars sold in 2014 won’t have to pay for the internet. The company is introducing a new paid ‘premium connectivity’ for those who will order Tesla vehicles after July 1. There will be two types of connection – ‘Premium Connectivity package’ and ‘Standard Connectivity package.’
For the later package, you don’t need to pay an additional charge. Your Tesla vehicle will still have internet connectivity, but only for applications with low data requirement. The premium connection is aimed for something close to $100 per year. According to Tesla, owners of Model S and Model X ordered on or after July 1 will get a year of free premium services. Owners of Model 3 with premium interior will get the same deal as well.