Tesla finally released their Full Self-Driving (FSD) subscription service in the U.S. last week. Priced at $199 per month, owners opting for the subscription whose cars were equipped with the older HW2.5 computers would be required to pay an additional $1,500 to upgrade to the new HW3.0 computer.
The extra fee was met with sharp criticism, mainly because Tesla had previously advertised HW2.5 as capable of running FSD software. It appears Tesla has taken at least some of the feedback to heart.
Just a few days after announcing the program, the automaker has reduced the fee for the computer upgrade from $1,500 to $1,000.
Tesla announced the change in an email to staff on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by Drive Tesla. The email added that the had already been updated with the price change. The mobile app has also been updated to reflect the new price.
The email also confirmed that owners who have already paid the previous $1,500 price will be provided a partial refund of $500 plus applicable taxes. The refund will be initiated by Tesla and no action is required from the owner.