Tesla is introducing a one-time Full Self-Driving (FSD) transfer offer for customers to shift their purchased FSD software to a new vehicle. The news, first reported by Not A Tesla App, was confirmed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during an earnings call on Wednesday.
The official terms of Tesla's FSD transfer offer have since been shared by Twitter user @Kdahlenburg, revealing the details sent to them by Tesla. To avail of the FSD transfer, customers need to purchase a new Tesla and take delivery by September 30th, 2023.
However, Tesla does not guarantee delivery within the program end date and will not apply this offer retroactively after delivery. It further states that owners will relinquish FSD on their existing vehicle "up to one week" before their scheduled delivery day, even if they retain the old car.
This move marks a shift from Tesla's norm of treating FSD purchases as a permanent feature of the vehicle it's enabled on. Previously, owners who upgraded from one Tesla model to another would have to buy the FSD package again. Likewise, if their car was totalled in an accident, the FSD package would also be lost.
This FSD policy had been a significant point of contention for many owners, particularly due to the increased cost of the feature from an initial $5,000 to $15,000 today. With this one-time amnesty offer, Tesla explicitly denies any future transfers, regardless of whether it's a private sale.
While this FSD transfer offer might not completely satisfy customers, especially those who made a recent vehicle purchase before July 20th, it could potentially generate additional sales for Tesla in a quarter where deliveries were already expected to slow down due to factory upgrades.