Supercharging will not be free in Tesla Model 3

And other insights we learned from a slightly surreal Tesla annual shareholder meeting

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Free and lifetime use of the Tesla Supercharger network will only be available for those Model 3 buyers who pay for the upgrade. CEO Elon Musk suspects Tesla's energy storage business will use as much of the Gigafactory output as the automobile side of the business. (But that's okay, since Musk and his team have determined they can actually produce up to around 105 GWh of cells and 150 GWh worth of battery packs a year, or three times the amount originally envisioned, if necessary.) Oh, and Mr. Musk does not yet depend on either yoga or goji berries to aid his physical and spiritual being.

Those are some of the tidbits that came to light during a slightly surreal Tesla Motors Annual Shareholder Meeting yesterday. Held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the event went hard to port shortly after the company's captain took the helm.

Instead of recapping the progress the electric car manufacturer had made in the past twelve months, and his expectations for future, his presentation was a retelling of the entire history of the effort. For two hours or so, Musk, while sailing through the somewhat familiar seas of the past dozen years, and joined by co-founder and CTO JB Straubel, as well as the occasional other early employee, told the tale of Tesla, regaling with personal anecdotes and behind the scene secrets.

While you can get some idea of the topics covered by checking out the numerous screen captures we took throughout the presentation, the real message it seemed they wanted to convey was Tesla has a unique and solid foundation which would help it achieve its hugely ambitious growth targets. Did we mention this portion of the event lasted for two hours?

Here's what Musk said, exactly, about charging Model 3 drivers extra for access to the company's free Supercharger network:

"Free supercharging fundamentally has a cost. 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."

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