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Tesla Reveals Supercharger Network Details

by | Jan 12, 2017 | Transportation

Image: © Tesla

Fans of the Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles take heed—orders made after January 15, 2017, will no longer be eligible for unlimited access to Tesla’s Supercharger network. Instead, new owners will receive 400 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of free Supercharger credits annually on the anniversary of their vehicles delivery. 

Tesla initially announced the program changes in November of last year stating that the scale-back “allows [the company] to reinvest in the network, accelerate its growth, relieve congestion, and bring all Tesla owners, current and Model 3, the best supercharging experience.”

Previously, all Tesla owners enjoyed unlimited access to the more than 800 Supercharger stations with 5,121 Superchargers. In the U.S., for instance, vehicle owners could effectively travel coast to coast at no cost for fuel. Future owners will now pay a small fee to Supercharge if they travel beyond their annual credit (some 1,000 miles). 

According to a company blog post, this usage fee will vary depending on the region.

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.

In Texas, for example, owners will be billed per minute at a rate of $0.08 per minute at or below 60 kW (Tier 1) and $0.16 per minute above 60 kW (Tier 2). Tier 1 will apply any time a vehicle is sharing Supercharger power with another vehicle.

Image: © Tesla

The Tesla blog post also lists several examples illustrating the affordability of using the Supercharger Network beyond an owner’s allotted annual credit. 

  • Customers traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles will pay approximately $15
  • Los Angeles to New York will run about $120 in charging costs
  • Paris to Rome will cost roughly €60
  • Beijing to Shanghai will be about ~¥400

Unused credits will not roll over to the next year. However, in the event a car transfers ownership, credits will reset on the date of the transfer.

For region-specific pricing and all other program details, please visit the Supercharger FAQ page.  

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Reed Crossley

A self-proclaimed 'solar evangelist,' Reed Crossley spent several years in the solar industry before embracing his inner (green)techie and starting CleanFortunes. When he isn't playing editor-in-chief and reading/writing about innovation in sustainability tech, Reed is usually out gallivanting around Austin in his Oru Kayak and/or championing global climate action. He's also definitely NOT wearing a fake mustache to impress his beloved readers.

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