Tesla’s customer referral program is back weeks after it was killed off



Tesla killed off its customer referral program way back on Feb. 1, 2019 since the popular program was getting too costly to maintain. Now, however, less than two weeks later, Tesla is bringing it back with new incentives aimed at rewarding its customers, and bringing in new ones.

Tesla’s customer referral program had offered a bevy of incentives, including six months of charging at Supercharger channels, starting a chosen photo into deep space orbit, VIP invitations, and even free Roadsters. The prizes, CEO Elon Musk said at the time, were beginning to include cost to its own vehicles. In summary: incentives to keep existing customers engaged and drive new sales were cutting into the company’s margins.

The Tesla customer referral program will end on Feb 1. If you wish to refer a friend to obtain a Tesla & give them 6 months of free Supercharging, please do so before then.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 17, 2019

Tesla announced Thursday it would present a new referral program, a decision that has been driven, in part, by customer feedback.

“While our previous Referral Program was very successful, it came with significant expenses, and ending the program last year allowed us to pass those savings along to customers,” Tesla wrote in a blog post. “We’ve since restructured the program to save the company money while also offering rewards that are super exclusive. ”

Under the new program, if a customer buys a new Tesla using a referral code, both the new and present owners will get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging.

Each referral also gives people a chance to win a Founder’s Series Model Y each month plus a Founder’s series Roadster supercar quarterly, both signed by Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen, the company said.

The Model Y, which was shown in earlier this month, is expected to come to market in autumn 2020. Tesla owners who already have boundless Supercharging get two chances to win with each referral.

The prizes are still big, but there are stricter rules. In a series of tweets Thursday, Musk said customers can only win each prize once, including “intent over time is to allow those without a enormous social media presence to win. ”

No, it’s cumulative, but once you win one of those prizes, referral count resets to zero & you can’t win that prize again. Intent over time is to allow those without a enormous social networking existence to win.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 22, 2019

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