Showing that being quiet about injustice will never result in any change, Tesla has responded to criticism of their $1500 hardware upgrade fee to enable their $199 Full Self-Driving Subscription by reducing the fee.
Old vs New fee
The price has been reduced from $1500 to $1000, and those who already purchased the $1500 upgrade will receive a $500 refund.
As a reminder, the issue is that Tesla sold their cars as being FSD-enabled from 2016, but in 2019 discovered they need more powerful computers, the so-called “Hardware 3.0”.
Those who purchased the $10,000 Full Self-Driving Upgrade received the new hardware for free, if needed, but those who purchased the monthly subscription required were required to stump up $1500 first, despite Tesla’s promises.
While Tesla’s response has mollified owners somewhat, owners are not completely happy with the $1000 free, and there is a suggestion that a simpler solution, which would not cost Tesla anything, would be to offer the hardware upgrade with several months of free FSD subscription.
I have a feeling this article might have done it: https://t.co/UKY2AsXOKm
I stand by the criticism, but I do think there's a possible acceptable compromise: have the owners pay the $1,500 but give them 8 months of free subscription.
Oh well I guess I can't send Elon the idea… https://t.co/FoMEr1YaWh
— Fred Lambert (@FredericLambert) July 21, 2021
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