Tesla Referral Program Overview Updated October 18, 2021

Tesla Referral Program

Tesla give free Supercharger access and prizes to owners through its referral program

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February 2016 - October 2021


Tesla put in place a referral program for owners to refer new customers for the Model S and Model X (the Model 3 is not yet included in the program).

New buyers using a referral code get free access to the Supercharger network and owners giving out referrals get different prizes depending on the round of the referral program.

You can use our codes: http://ts.la/frederic5610 or https://www.tesla.com/referral/seth8185

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Tesla Referral Program Stories October 18, 2021

Tesla has added back solar panel installation to its referral program with a new $300 award for both referrers and new buyers being referred.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories September 17, 2021

Tesla has now officially ended its referral program for its vehicles and everything else except its solar roof.

We expect a new version of the program to launch in the near future.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories May 5, 2021

Tesla is completely revamping its referral program after already spending $23 million on free Supercharging miles this year alone.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories September 10, 2019

The Tesla referral program received a tweak tonight, doubling the number of free supercharging miles given for using a referral code.  Previously, both the current and new owner would get 1,000 miles of free supercharging, but Tesla has doubled that to 2,000 miles for cars delivered before the end of this month.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories June 19, 2019

Elon Musk says that he is considering giving away Tesla’s Full Self-Driving upgrade package for free as part of the owner’s referral program. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories April 28, 2019

Just over a month after completely revamping its referral program, Tesla is now boosting it by 500% for a limited time ahead of the end of the quarter. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories March 21, 2019

Just over a month after ending the program, Tesla is bringing back its referral program with a different structure. It now gives 1,000 miles of free Supercharger and the chance to win a Founders Series Model Y and a Founders Roadster signed by Elon Musk and Franz von Holzhausen. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories January 17, 2019

Elon Musk announced that Tesla is killing its referral program due to cost concerns and new information about the latest prizes show that they are going to have to give away over 80 new Roadsters for free.

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After over three years, Elon Musk announced that Tesla will be ending their customer referral program at the end of this month. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories December 25, 2018

Just a week after extending the program through the end of the year, Tesla has again lengthened the duration of the program until March 11. The details stay mostly the same as ever – owners can provide a referral code to new buyers, and each party gets a perk for using it.  Buyers get 6 months of free supercharging and owners get escalating rewards based on how many referrals they’ve made.

But starting today, buyers can also gain an additional 3 months of free supercharging “if they order without ever having taken a test drive” with Tesla.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories December 18, 2018

Tesla’s referral program was supposed to end a week ago, but the automaker is now extending it for a second time as it attempts to boost demand in its end of the year push. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories October 20, 2018

Buyers can now receive 6 months of free supercharging with any new Tesla vehicle order when using a current owner’s Tesla referral code to purchase a new Model S, X or Model 3.

This incentive replaces the previous $100 supercharging credit and is retroactive – all owners who used a referral code on a purchase since September 19th will receive 6 free months of supercharging in addition to the $100 credit they already received (which does not have an expiration date).

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Tesla Referral Program Stories October 16, 2018

Tesla has added a new ‘secret level’ to its customer referral program to “launch a time capsule into space” for a select few owners who achieve a high number of referrals. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories October 5, 2018

Tesla has launched a new round of its owner referral program and it includes new prizes including ‘early access to software updates’ and sending a picture of your choosing into deep space orbit. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories September 12, 2018

Last month, we reported on Tesla’s update to its referral program which will finally put an end to unlimited free supercharging, starting with orders placed after September 16th.

At the time, the plan was to downgrade the perk for ordering with a Tesla referral code to a year of free supercharging.  Now, less than a week before the expiry of the program, Tesla has changed things up again, and will instead offer a $100 supercharging credit to customers who buy a new Model S, X or Model 3 Performance using a code from a current owner.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories August 1, 2018

Tesla’s referral program was set to finish tonight, but, as they’ve done many times before, instead it got a midnight update extending it for a little while longer.  The program now goes through September 16th instead of July 31st, with prize availability unchanged from the last round of the program.

There are two big changes: first, the Model 3 Performance is now eligible for unlimited supercharging when ordered using a referral code, previously only available to Model S and X orders.  Second, while S/X/3P cars ordered with a code before September 16th will still qualify for free unlimited supercharging for the entire duration of original vehicle ownership, cars ordered after September 16th will only get one year of free supercharging.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories July 16, 2018

The latest round of Tesla’s referral program for owners was supposed to end last night, but the automaker has extended it for two more weeks – maintaining the opportunity for new buyers to get free unlimited Supercharging for Model S and Model X vehicles a little longer. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories April 19, 2018

Now a few years into the program, it has become clear that Tesla’s referral program is an important part of the automaker’s sales model as it has been renewed every quarter.

This time, Tesla even announced the new round of referral program ahead of the end of the current round. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories February 1, 2018

Tesla’s referral program got a midnight update today, just after the scheduled end of the previous round, which was due to end yesterday but has been extended three months.  Buyers who use an owner’s Tesla referral code on a new Model S or X will receive unlimited supercharging, and owners who refer a new buyer will get various awards based on the number of referrals they get, capping out at 5.  The program now runs through April 30th.

Tesla Solar is still included in the program as well.  New buyers get an additional 5-year warranty on a Tesla Solar installation and referrers receive $400 cash or $750 in Tesla credit for the first four referrals, and a Founders Series Powerwall 2 for the fifth Solar referral.

The one new prize in this phase of the program is a chance to drive a Tesla Semi.  This one has a lower barrier to entry – anyone who signs up for the Tesla newsletter through an owner’s code enters that owner and themselves into a weekly raffle giving both a chance to drive a Tesla Semi in a “race” around Tesla’s test track.   There will even be additional prizes for the driver with the best track time.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories November 3, 2017

Elon Musk seems to be increasingly using his other companies to offer prizes as part of Tesla’s referral program.

The latest ‘secret level’ is apparently a chance to attend the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, which is expected to have its inaugural launch next month. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories September 28, 2017

Tesla made a significant update to its at times controversial referral program today. The automaker is now allowing cross-referrals between its car owners and solar/Powerwall customers.

The other big change is that Tesla is removing the $1,000 discount to new Model S or Model X buyers using a referral code at the end of October, but they are keeping the free unlimited Supercharging access. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories May 20, 2017

The last round of Tesla’s referral program isn’t even over yet, but today Tesla announced a new round which extends from May 19th all the way through the end of this year, December 31st 2017.  While this overlaps with the previous program which ends on June 15th, qualifying referrals between now and the end of that program will count for prizes from both referral programs for owners who have at least one referral between March 16 and May 19.

Tesla has previously limited the number of referrals a single owner can give out, and this time has lowered the limit down to 5, from the previous 9.  Most interestingly, though, in addition to providing $1,000 off a new Model S or X, owners can provide their five referrals with unlimited supercharging.  Tesla used to provide unlimited supercharging for all Model S and X vehicles, but recently ended that program for orders made past Jan 15th and delivered after April 15th.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories March 16, 2017

The first round of Tesla’s referral program for 2017 ended yesterday and the company launched the second round for the year today. As usual, new buyers being referred save $1,000 on the purchase of a Model S or X, while the current owners making the referral can win prizes. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories January 16, 2017

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Tesla launched the latest version of its referral program today and through the new program, you can help Electrek get a new Tesla Model S P100D for our blog. We are raising the stakes so that beyond the $1,000 discount offered by Tesla when using our referral code, you will get a chance to win a new exclusive set of Arachnid wheels. expand full story

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The latest round of Tesla’s quarterly referral program ended yesterday and Tesla surprised everyone by launching not one, but two new rounds of the program: a new quarterly round and a new annual round – something it hasn’t done before.

New buyers are still getting a $1,000 discount, but the program features new prizes for referrers. It also brings back the opportunity to win a Model S or X based on your performance in the program per region rather than only a random drawing like the last few rounds. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories December 12, 2016

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Tesla created new accessories and custom products to give out as prizes for the last few rounds of its referral program, which offers a $1,000 discount to new buyers using a referral code from a current owner, who in turn receives prizes depending on the number of referrals they get.

The automaker was about two rounds (6 months) of the program behind in giving out some of the prizes, but they’ve finally started shipping and the biggest prizes are still to come. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories August 29, 2016

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We can all agree that walking into a Tesla store is a lot different from walking into a traditional dealership. From the Apple-like store design, the, generally, passionate representatives, and the overall environment within the shop, it is just a widely unique car buying experience that differs from all others. This distinctive business model is one that earned them the last spot in the Pied Pipers mystery shoppers survey that we reported on last month.

Another prominent theme with Tesla has been the ‘no haggle’ sales interaction that customers have, mostly, enjoyed for the peace of mind that they received knowing that they weren’t being ‘cheated.’ But as of late, quite a few reports from customers have surfaced, possibly, signaling that the company is slowly moving away from a fully straightforward sales experience.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories July 18, 2016

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Earlier today, we reported on Tesla quickly renewing the referral program for the fifth round with again a $1,000 discount on both the Model S and X, but at the time, Tesla had yet to reveal the prizes for the referrers.

Now the company released the list and there’s no big surprise. The small prizes are similar, the automaker will still raffle a Model X P90D with Ludicrous mode, but most interestingly, the company refers to an upcoming ‘Tesla unveiling event’ without specifying for what product. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories July 14, 2016

PSA: Tesla’s Referral Program to End Tomorrow – last chance for $1,000 discount

Just as a reminder to anyone that is on the fence about placing an order for a Model S or X, Tesla’s current referral program will end tomorrow, July 15th!

As stated in our article about the new round of the program in May, the referral program has different rewards than previous versions. As an owner, you can win the exclusive 21″ custom Arachnid wheels in either black, grey or silver, invitations for two to the Gigafactory opening, or some electrifying Tesla swag. Each referral also gives the owner an entry to win a Ludicrous P90D Model X.

Tesla Referral Program Stories May 31, 2016

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Yesterday we reported on Tesla reactivating the referral links of Model S and X owners for another round of its referral program. Today, the automaker released the details and the prizes for referrers. Tesla confirmed that the program begins today May 30 and will run until July 15, 2016.

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Tesla Referral Program Stories May 30, 2016

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Tesla has been tuning its referral program for close to a year now. The automaker went through 3 rounds with different rules, rewards and discounts. The last round ended in mid-April and the company hasn’t updated the program until now.

This weekend Tesla reactivated the referral links and now a new offer of $1,000 in credit is available through the new referral program with both Model S and X orders. expand full story

Tesla Referral Program Stories February 17, 2016

HAWTHORNE-CA-MAY 29: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's new manned spacecraft, The Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space during a news conference on May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, California. The private spaceflight company has been flying unmanned capsules to the Space Station delivering cargo for the past two years. The Dragon V2 manned spacecraft will ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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HAWTHORNE-CA-MAY 29: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveils the company's new manned spacecraft, The Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space during a news conference on May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, California. The private spaceflight company has been flying unmanned capsules to the Space Station delivering cargo for the past two years. The Dragon V2 manned spacecraft will ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Tesla quietly announced early this morning its third referral program with a chance to win a Model X P90D and a tour of the SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. Tesla’s referral program returns after a two-month break and very successful two initial competitions.

The company is trying something new with the latest version of the program, which will not really be a competition this time. expand full story

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