Countries in the world that still rely on gasoline-powered road vehicles probably think that the major nations which now field electronic cars must be having it better than them. They might be changing their tune once they get a load of this report.
Tesla is one of the household names worldwide in terms of e-automobiles. In their primary US market, to help out Tesla owners who might have left home on a partly-charged car, the company has borrowed a page from the petroleum industry and opened a multitude of “Supercharger” stations for their customers’ benefits.
As The Verge tells it, Tesla seems to be borrowing more from the book of gas stations by also having price hikes for fuel or, in this case, power. The e-car manufacturer has just announced their own price increases per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for charging Tesla cars at their Supercharger stations.
Going into detail, the power hike at the Tesla Superchargers will go anywhere from a 20 to 40% increase in customer pay-per-use. These rate adjustments also vary depending on which state the Supercharger is located. For example, Tesla Supercharger stations in California originally have 20₵ per kWh. With the increase, it’s gone up to 26₵.
Meanwhile, Oregon Tesla car owners will have their usual 12₵/kWh rate go double with the price hike, to 24₵. New Yorkers have it even worse from 5₵ to a “whopping” 24₵. Thankfully for drivers of the Model X SUV and Model S liftback, they retain their usual annual credit of 400kWh a year. Those who availed of the mass-market Model 3 sedan however, get none.
There have been several ideas being developed by Tesla regarding their Supercharger stations, in response to possible increase in car volume with the widening distribution of the Model 3. There’s the smaller “city” charge station next to supermarkets and malls, as well as the large multi-charger station the size of an average truck stop, with solar panel roofing. Already over a thousand Superchargers are in operation in the US alone, but Tesla also wants to assure their customers that their charging stations will remain solely for their convenience, not to make additional profit from them.
It has been projected by Tesla estimates that even more of their cars will hit the road with new owners as of 2018. For now the Supercharger is still passed off as a convenient power option; the rates simply increased.
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