Tesla Hikes EV Supercharger Rates Across US By As Much As 100 Percent

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At a time when Tesla is struggling to keep up with demand for the Model 3, it has taken a rather curious turn with regards to its vast Supercharger Station network. If you recall, Superchargers are used to fast charge Tesla EVs, and were at a time free for all Model S and Model X owners. However, Tesla began charging new customers "a small fee" for that privilege on January 1st, 2017 (although an annual of 400 kWh is included in the purchase price).

A new report shows that the fee that Tesla has been charging customers will increase dramatically for some customers. According to Electrek, rates have increased on average between 20 to 40 percent across all markets in the United States. For example, Tesla's largest market in the U.S. is California, and its rates increased from $0.20 per kWh to $0.26 per kWh. In New York, the rate increased from $0.19 per kWh to $0.24 per kWh.

However, the biggest increase so far has to be Oregon, which previously had a relatively low charging fee of $0.12 per kWh. Now, it's more in line with the other states at $0.24 per kWh.

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Despite these price hikes, Tesla contends that its Supercharger fee structure is still much cheaper than filling up a conventional vehicle with gasoline or diesel. And the company also crows that it has 1,130 Supercharger Stations across the globe, with a total of 8,496 individual Superchargers. While that number sounds impressive, it still pales in comparison to the number of stations around the globe that will pump your car or truck full of dino juice (and at a much faster rate, we might add). In the U.S. alone, there are over 168,000 retail locations that sell fuel to the public.

“We occasionally adjust rates to reflect current local electricity and usage," said a Tesla spokesperson in a statement. "The overriding principle is that Supercharging will always remain significantly cheaper than gasoline, as we only aim to recover a portion of our costs while setting up a fair system for everyone. This will never be a profit center for Tesla.”