Tesla Surprises Owners with Drastic Increase in Supercharger Pricing [u]
According to a report by Electrek, Tesla is not only ending any type of free Supercharging program, but is also significantly increasing the Supercharging prices around the world. The source notes that by the end of the month, there should be absolutely no new cars with free Supercharging enabled.
“All new Tesla vehicles are officially sold as part of its new pay-per-use Supercharger program since last November. The automaker was still offering limited free Supercharging periods as part of its referral program, but now that the program is apparently going away for good.
Just as this is becoming the norm, we found out that Tesla is significantly increasing prices across many markets.”
From now on, all Tesla vehicle owners will have to pay per kWh used at the Supercharger stations or pay per minute depending on their respective markets. And since Tesla is switching from its per region pricing structure to implement a per station pricing structure based on local electricity rates and demand charges, it is causing drastic increases in prices in most markets.
Only the U.S. saw Supercharger prices increase last year as much as 100%, although most states saw their rates go up by 20 to 40% but now, prices are going up worldwide with the US getting yet another price hike.
On average, the Supercharger price has gone up globally by roughly 33% based on most markets. Here’s the official statement from a Tesla spokesperson:
“We’re adjusting Supercharging pricing to better reflect differences in local electricity costs and site usage. As our fleet grows, we continue to open new Supercharger locations weekly so more drivers can travel long distances at a fraction of the cost of gasoline and with zero emissions. As has always been the case, Supercharging is not meant to be a profit center for Tesla.”
With plans to almost double this year, Tesla is currently operating 1,422 Supercharger Stations with 12,011 Superchargers around the world.
Update January 22, 2019: Tesla has reversed its price hike slightly, after an outcry from customers, telling Electrek of the following price reversals:
Now Tesla told Electrek that it listened to customer feedback and decided to reduce the Supercharger price increase by 10% globally.
After the price increase last week, the average price in the US was $0.31 per kWh.
It is now down to $0.28 per kWh
Norway was at 1,40 NOK per kWh before the increase. It went up to 1,86 NOK per kWh last week and it is now down to 1.70 NOK per kWh after Tesla adjusted the prices today.