Tesla Begins Introducing Congestion Fees At Busy Superchargers

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Tesla’s making a move that might pinch your wallet a bit more. Yep, they’re rolling out congestion fees at busy Superchargers in the U.S.

So, what’s the deal? Well, if you’re juicing up your Tesla at one of these high-traffic spots, get ready for a new fee – $1 per minute, to be exact. It’s like a toll booth for your car battery.

Why? Tesla wants to keep things moving. The idea is to nudge folks to unplug before hitting that full charge. They figure if you’re paying a bit extra, you might be more willing to share the charging love, letting others get a piece of the Supercharger action without a long wait.

These congestion fees are taking over from the old idle fees. Once your electric buddy hits a certain charge level, bam, the meter starts running on that extra dollar-per-minute charge. It’s a gentle push to keep the flow going and avoid pricey charging sessions.

So, keep an eye on that charge level, or your wallet might feel a bit lighter after your Supercharger pit stop. Tesla’s saying, “charge and go,” not “charge and camp.” Let’s see how this shakes up the Supercharging scene.

Tesla is rolling out a new congestion fee, hitting drivers with a $1 per minute charge once their vehicle hits a state of charge (SoC) of 90%. This replaces the existing idle fee of $0.50 per minute after reaching the desired SoC or 100%, which doubles when all stalls are occupied. The shift means idle fees are out, and drivers will be billed at the higher rate for any time spent connected to the charger beyond the 90% mark, including idle moments.

Tesla keeps you in the loop through its app, notifying you when your vehicle hits the charge threshold or completes charging. The congestion fees kick in when the station is full until your car is on the move. Tesla’s support site clarifies that there’s no cap on the accumulation of idle or congestion fees.

Whether the SoC or fee rate varies by Supercharging location is unclear. However, Tesla assures that the congestion fee details will pop up on your car’s touchscreen when selecting a Supercharger, hinting at possible variations in the future. Stay tuned for more updates on how this might affect your charging routine.

Tesla’s new move means certain Supercharging stations in the US will have fees. If a station is busy, these congestion fees kick in, even if there are empty stalls. This applies to both paying customers and those with free lifetime Supercharging. The fees come into play once the vehicle finishes charging.

Tesla’s goal? Encouraging drivers to charge only what’s needed, not up to 100%. Why? To keep Superchargers available for everyone when they need them.

The reason behind this? Tesla wants to stop owners from hogging high-use Superchargers at slower rates. Some folks don’t follow the unwritten rule of charging etiquette, occupying spots to juice up to 100%, even when it’s unnecessary. As Tesla gears up to open its Supercharging stations to other vehicles, there’s a potential surge in users, leading to more congestion. And that’s something Tesla wants to tackle as it expands its charging network.

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