Tesla Rolls Out a Pricing Plan for Its No-longer-free Supercharging Stations

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
tesla rolls out a pricing plan for its no longer free supercharging stations

After lulling everyone into a false sense of security, Tesla Motors recently announced that it will begin billing new customers for making use of its Supercharging stations. The promise of free charging was replaced with the promise that the company wouldn’t profit from the powering fee — instead, it would use the money to expand its growing network of stations.

While the pricing structure is about as rigid as boiled spaghetti, the EV manufacturer does appear to be respecting the nature of the new deal. Announced Thursday, all Tesla vehicles ordered after January 15th will receive around 1,000 miles worth of charging credits, updated annually, before becoming subject to the company’s new charging monetization.

Unfortunately, due to state regulations and regional demand for power, pricing will vary greatly depending on where you plug in.

Tesla’s official announcement states, “In North America, pricing is fixed within each state or province; overseas, pricing is fixed within each country.”

That means the majority of owners will be paying per kilowatt hour, which can vary rather dramatically. While some of the Southern states currently hover around 10 cents per kWh, prices in Northeast can be twice as high. However, due to local regulations, some states will be required to charge per minute of usage.

Tesla says that the Supercharging fee equates to a $15 for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles or about $120 for a cross-country trip from Los Angeles to New York.

Supercharging stations are typically located at or near highways, intended to alleviate range anxiety and make longer-range EV trips possible. With around 800 locations worldwide, Tesla can’t be faulted too harshly if a penny or two goes into expanding that charging network, especially as the Model 3 approaches and plug-in spaces begin to dwindle.

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  • Whittaker Whittaker on Jan 13, 2017

    The Chevy Bolt cost $37,495. The possibility that part of that cost will be subsidized by one's fellow citizens should not allow one to say the Bolt cost $30,000 when comparing the societal economic value of electric vs ICE.

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    • Whittaker Whittaker on Jan 14, 2017

      @VoGo Mind = Blown :)

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jan 13, 2017

    Can you say "bait and switch?" . .

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jan 14, 2017

      Tesla never said that every vehicle they make for all time would receive free Supercharging forever, but they did say that current buyers would still enjoy the benefit if purchased prior to January 15, 2017. So no, this is not a bait and switch moment. Bait and switch would mean the product or service is altered at delivery, or afterward. Everybody buying after January 15th knows what they're getting.

  • Arthur Dailey When I grew tired of the T-Bird trying to kill me by refusing to start at the most inconvenient times/places, I replaced it with a '79 fullsized Dodge (Sportsman) van. Similar to this but with a different grille and rectangular headlights. The 4 'captains' chairs in my van were pretty much identical to the ones in this van. Mine certainly was not as nicely finished inside. And it was a handful to drive in snow/ice. One thing that strikes me about this van is that although a conversion it does not seem to have the requisite dark tint on the windows.
  • Jeff S I am not a fan of Tesla and they were niche vehicles but it seems that they have become more common. I doubt if I get an EV that it would be a Tesla. The electrical grid will have to be expanded because people over the long run are not going to accept the excuse of the grid can't handle people charging their EVs.
  • AMcA The '70 Continentals and Town Cars may have been cousins to the standard body Fords and Mercurys, they didn't have to be disguised, because they had unique, unbelievably huge bodies of their own. Looking at the new 1970 interior, I'd say it was also a cost savings in sewing the seat. Button tufted panels like the 1969 interior had require a lot of sewing and tufting work. The 1970 interior is mostly surface sewing on a single sheet of upholstery instead of laboriously assembled smaller pieces. FINALLY: do I remember correctly that the shag carpet shown under these cars was a Photoshop? They didn't really go so peak '70s as to photograph cars on shag carpets, did they?
  • Inside Looking Out Toyota makes mass market cars. Their statement means that EVs are not mass market yet. But then Tesla managed to make mass market car - Mode; 3. Where I live in CA there are more Tesla Model 3s on streets than Corollas.
  • Ltcmgm78 A lot of dirt must turn before there's an EV in every driveway. There must be a national infrastructure plan written by other than politicians chasing votes. There must be reliable batteries that hopefully aren't sourced from strategic rivals. There must be a way to charge a lot of EVs. Toyota is wisely holding their water. There is a danger in urging unplanned and hasty moves away from ICE vehicles. Do we want to listen to unending speeches every election cycle that we are closer than we have ever been to 100% electrification and that voting for certain folks will make it happen faster? Picture every car in your town suddenly becoming all electric and a third of them need a charge or the driver will be late for work. This will take a lot of time and money.