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The Tesla Model 3 is proving to be commercial success, notching up around 115,000 pre-orders in the first 24 hours of its reveal. However, the most affordable Tesla, which has a starting price of US$35,000 (RM145,566), may require owners to pay more to use the company’s network of Supercharger stations, according to a report by Automotive News.

The privilege is free to owners of select variants of the Model S and Model X, but Model 3 buyers will need to purchase a special package. “Free supercharging fundamentally has a cost,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The obvious thing to do is decouple that from the cost of the Model 3. So it will still be very cheap, and far cheaper than gasoline, to drive long-distance with the Model 3, but it will not be free long distance for life unless you purchase that package.”

Musk did not reveal how much a Supercharger package will cost. The stations are typically found at malls and on highways between major cities in the United States. They serve to quell “range anxiety” among buyers, as well as facilitate coast-to-coast driving.

Superchargers can also be found in the United Kingdom, which has a network of 20 units. Europe meanwhile, has a total of 129 stations spanning from Norway to Slovenia. Tesla claims that the Superchargers provide 273 km of range when plugged in for just 30 minutes, more than 10 times the range provided by other chargers.

As impressive as the technology may be, Musk hopes that Tesla’s customers can reduce the habit of “supercharging” their car. “The best thing to do is to charge your car where you charge your phone: at home and at work,” he said.