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Tesla announces new Supercharger pricing model: fee per kWh and tiered by power

Tesla has announced an update to its Supercharger program that involves a new pricing model billed per kilowatt-hour or through a two-tiered pricing structure that will be based on charging power and duration of use, depending on region-specific regulations.

Though the preferred pricing model is billed per kilowatt-hour, says Tesla through its blog post, some regions prevent non-utility companies from selling energy to consumers. In these instances, Tesla will charge a Supercharger fee billed per minute of use as opposed to by the kilowatt-hour. Vehicles that charge at or below 60 kW will fall into “tier 1” and billed at half the cost of “tier 2”. Tesla cars charging above 60 kW will fall under the “tier 2” pricing structure.

Today’s update to Tesla’s Supercharger program follows a recent announcement made by the Silicon Valley-based electric car company that it will impose a $.40 per minute idle fee on vehicles that remain plugged in after it has already reached its charging limit.




“We designed the Supercharger network to enable a seamless, enjoyable road trip experience. Therefore, we understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully charged Tesla cars occupying all the spots. To create a better experience for all owners, we’re introducing a fleet-wide idle fee that aims to increase Supercharger availability.”, said Tesla through a press release last month.

All Tesla vehicles ordered after January 15, 2017 will continue to receive 400 kWh of free Supercharger credits per year, which is equivalent to approximately 1,000 miles of long-distance driving. Any usage exceeding 400 kWh will incur a usage fee that will either be charged per kilowatt-hour or by the minute. Rates within North America will vary by state or province, while Tesla Supercharger use overseas will incur a fixed rate set by country.

Tesla notes that it does not intend to profit from the new fee structure. Rather, the company is only looking to recover a portion of the costs and set up a fair system for everyone.

Example of Supercharger fees by state

  • California – $0.20 per kWh
  • Connecticut
    • $0.26 per minute for tier 2
    • $0.13 per minute for tier 1
  • Florida – $0.13 per kWh
  • Georgia
    • $0.16 per minute for tier 2
    • $0.08 per minute for tier 1
  • Massachusetts – $0.22 per kWh
  • New Jersey
    • $0.20 per minute for tier 2
    • $0.10 per minute for tier 1
  • New York – $0.19 per kWh
  • Pennsylvania
    • $0.20 per minute for tier 2
    • $0.10 per minute for tier 1

We’ve provided Tesla’s full announcement below, which also includes a link to the full list of charging fees by region.

Building the Supercharger Network for the Future

Tesla created the Supercharger network to make long-distance travel a seamless experience for drivers. Cars have always represented independence and the freedom to travel wherever and whenever people want to go. To enable this freedom, building a charging network that provides quick, convenient, and long-distance travel is critical to the adoption of electric vehicles. One of our top priorities this year is to significantly increase capacity of our Supercharger network.

In November, we announced a change in the Supercharger program that allows us to reinvest in the network, accelerate its growth, relieve congestion, and bring all Tesla owners, current and Model 3, the best Supercharging experience. Tesla Model S and Model X cars ordered after January 15, 2017 will receive 400 kWh (kilowatt-hour) of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) annually on the anniversary of their delivery. We carefully considered current Supercharger usage and found that 400 kWh covers the annual long-distance driving needs of the majority of our owners. As a result, most owners will continue to enjoy the benefits of Supercharging on road trips at no additional cost.

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.

We are excited to continue the expansion of the world’s fastest and most sophisticated charging network. Additional program details are available here.

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