Tesla has begun sending Premium Connectivity expiration warnings to car owners following a wave of email notifications over the weekend about the in-car data subscription for $9.99 a month that starts this coming January 2020.
Redditor u/_danthevan shared a screenshot on the r/Teslamotors subreddit featuring a notice about his vehicle’s Premium Connectivity expiration date. Other Tesla owners confirmed that they have also received the same notification. The Redditor’s screenshot shows that his Premium Connectivity expires on April 2020 and his Model 3, hinting that expiry dates vary for every Tesla owner.
Owners of Model S, Model X and Model 3 affected by the upcoming changes can check their Premium Connectivity expiration date on their touchscreens under the “Software” menu. According to Tesla’s Connectivity page, the car manufacturer will also automatically send an email with a reminder to car owners a week before their Premium Connectivity trial expires.
The connectivity changes will affect owners of Model S, Model X, and Model 3 who bought their vehicles on or after July 1, 2018. Those who are under the Premium Connectivity trial with an end date on or before the end of 2019 will automatically switch back to Standard Connectivity on January 1, 2020.
Standard Connectivity offers features such as navigation while those who opt to go premium will get the standard features plus satellite-view maps, video streaming, caraoke, music streaming, and Tesla’s in-car internet browser. The last four features mentioned are still accessible on Standard Connectivity over Wi-Fi.
The rollout of the Premium Connectivity subscription plan is no surprise but we’re yet to see the reaction of the Tesla community as they start to cough up roughly $10 plus taxes to get the more robust features of Tesla’s infotainment system.
Tesla initially offered free connectivity to its customers to make sure they get the best driving experience but as the fleet of electric cars on the road gets bigger and bigger, one can only assume that costs for maintaining such free service piles up.
Tesla owners who bought the Standard Range and Standard Range Plus Model 3 on or before the end of the year will get a complimentary Premium Connectivity trial for 30 days. On the other hand, Tesla owners who acquired their vehicles on or before June 30, 2018 will continue to have free lifetime Premium Connectivity.
Tesla first announced the Premium Connectivity option in July 2018 and offered a year of free trial to affected electric vehicle owners. But all the way back in 2014, CEO Elon Musk already hinted at an upcoming premium data package, reminding car owners that their vehicles’ internet connection will likely be free for only four more years. That was more than five years ago.
Here’s a great video from Tesla owner and Youtuber DÆrik that shows the location for Premium Connectivity’s expiry date.