Tesla Reveals New Supercharger Pricing Structure
We’ve known for some time now that Tesla Motors is planning to start charging for the use of its Supercharging stations if users exceed their set limit for the year. However, Tesla hadn’t revealed how the pricing structure would actually work. That is, until now.
The company explained in a blog post that all Tesla vehicles ordered after Jan. 15, 2017, will be given a stipend of 400 kilowatt-hours, or roughly 1,000 miles, of free Supercharging credits per year on the anniversary of their vehicle’s delivery. But from there, the structure gets a bit more complicated. From the official blog post:
“If customers travel beyond their annual credit, they will be charged a small fee to Supercharge. In North America, pricing is fixed within each state or province; overseas, pricing is fixed within each country. In most regions, Tesla owners will pay per kWh as it’s the fairest way to pay for the exact energy used. However, due to local regulations, in several regions we will charge per minute of usage instead, though we are actively working with regulators to update the rules. What’s important is that in every region, Supercharging will remain simple, seamless and always significantly cheaper than gasoline. We are only aiming to recover a portion of our costs and set up a fair system for everyone; this will never be a profit center for Tesla. Customers can just plug in, charge up, and access their charging history on our website.
“To put the affordability of Supercharging into perspective, customers will pay about $15 for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, about $120 from Los Angeles to New York, about €60 from Paris to Rome, and about ¥400 from Beijing to Shanghai.”
Tesla is planning to use profits from the fees to pay for the expansion in the amount of charging stations, since there are only 795 stations worldwide. Basically, any money generated from this new fee is going right into providing greater convenience for drivers who might be worried about potentially losing charge between destinations, for example.
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