Tesla has announced details about its Supercharger usage fee that affects vehicles ordered after January 15, 2017. Model S, Model X and future Model 3 owners will receive 400 kWh of free Supercharger use per year, after which owners using the fast-charging network will incur a usage fee that could vary greatly. Depending on the amount of energy used, billed per kilowatt-hour, or in some cases Supercharger usage rates will be determined by a two-tiered pricing structure that will be based on charging power and duration of use, depending on region-specific regulations, determining the true cost of travel could get a little tricky. This is especially the case if the Tesla road trip spans across multiple locations that have varying Supercharger rates.
Model S owner and Data Geek, Ben Sullins, has created an online Supercharger calculator that aims to alleviate any potential math-headache when it comes to calculating the true cost of travel when using Tesla’s Supercharger network. The online tool takes Tesla’s location-specific Supercharger rates, including regions that leverage the Tier 1 and Tier 2 pricing structure, and computes an estimated cost for using Tesla’s charging network.
The Supercharger calculator can be found directly below, followed by a video tutorial from Ben.
Video Tutorial for Supercharger Calculator
Why will Tesla owners still benefit despite Supercharger fees?
The benefits to having access to Tesla’s Supercharger network far outweigh any negative associated with new costs.
- The Tesla Supercharger network is the world’s fastest charging solution.
- It enables convenient long distance travel.
- Tesla’s expanding Supercharger network allows owners to drive across the continental U.S., from the Arctic Circle to the south of Spain, and across all of the population centers in China and Japan, among many other places.
- Supercharging has even helped owners drive their Teslas ‘around the world’, as many customers have access to a seamless and convenient charging experience when they’re away from home.
- For travelers, the Supercharger Network has become a powerful, unique benefit of Tesla ownership.
- Tesla still suggests that the best way to charge your car is either at home or at work, during the hours you’re not using it.
- The Tesla Supercharger Network provides customers with the best possible user experience.
- It brings sustainable transport to even more people.
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