Tesla Starts Charging Monthly Fee For Popular In-Car Features
Tesla now offers ‘premium connectivity’ features on a new monthly subscription plan.
From January 1st 2020, Tesla owners will have to pay $9.99 every month to access Tesla's 'Premium Connectivity' internet package. Tesla is hoping the new package will help to offset the cost incurred by some of the more data heavy streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.
The monthly charge is applicable to all Model S and Model X vehicles, and Model 3's sold from July 2018. All other Tesla's ordered before July 2018 will continue to enjoy free Premium Data Services for the lifetime of the vehicle.
Tesla owners who pay $9.99 per month (plus applicable tax) will continue to receive access to live traffic visualization and satellite view maps. Other services, such as music and video streaming, internet browser and Caraoke will still be available to all owners, but only owners who opt into the Premium Data service will be able to access them without a WiFi connection.