Thanks to their up-charged upgrades, Teslas are now expensive subscription products
Tesla just notified drivers that have purchased their cars since July 2018 that it will begin to up-charge them for premium data usage like satellite maps and traffic visualizations.
This announcement didn’t come out of left field, and it may not seem like the end of the world: Tesla first announced plans to charge customers for in-car data last July, and current drivers can still access most functionality in the car — like music streaming or web access — by using their phone hot spots.
But this new up-charge does raise some questions…
Particularly about about what Tesla ownership — and car ownership — will look like down the road. Is this a sign that further price increases are in store for Tesla owners?