Tesla could soon revitalize its wildly popular referral program but it won’t be as generous as it once was.
A Twitter account by the name of Teslascope recently dug deep into the recently-updated Tesla app and found text strings referring to redeeming referrals for Supercharging miles, as well as official merchandise and vehicle accessories.
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It is unclear when Tesla’s revived referral program could be launched but word of its return will certainly be welcome news to many Tesla enthusiasts.
Tesla’s referral program might be making a comeback very, very soon!
The latest mobile app update has some new text strings referring to redeeming referrals for Supercharging miles and even official merchandise and vehicle accessories.
— Teslascope (@teslascope) October 19, 2022
Good morning everyone version 4.14.1 has been released and while we fully expected this just to be a bug fix update, we actually have some substance here.
Looks like the referral program is getting some love again. Interested to see the new items that are available. pic.twitter.com/K225lMGeYd
— Tesla App Updates (iOS) (@Tesla_App_iOS) October 19, 2022
In addition to mentioning Supercharging miles and merchandise available from the Tesla store, the text uncovered by Teslascope makes mention of “referral challenges” that could form some kind of game.
The referral program has been a shell of its former self over the past two years and has only offered a handful of solar products. Prior to this, Tesla had already cut back on the incentives, offering 1,000 free Supercharging miles on both sides of the transaction, Electrek notes. When it was at its peak, the program was extraordinarily generous, so much so that Tesla was giving away $250,000 Roadsters to owners that generated enough sales for the brand. No less than 80 owners were eligible for a free Roadster before this incentive was scrapped from the program due to the exorbitant costs involved.
Reports from last year suggested that Tesla was planning to tweak the referral program to eliminate or reduce the use of referral links and therefore limit the number of people spamming them across social media. Instead, it is understood that Tesla was moving to an app-based referral program that promoted in-person referrals.