Sunday, February 25, 2024
News Tesla Adds New Surcharge Policy for Users that Charge their Battery to...

Tesla Adds New Surcharge Policy for Users that Charge their Battery to 100 %

  • One dollar per minute when the battery reaches 90 % of its capacity.

  • Other non-Tesla vehicles will soon reach the Supercharger network.

  • This new policy encourages users to only get the energy they need to continue their journey.


 

Earlier this week, Tesla updated its billing policy for its fast-charging stations, a financial incentive to encourage network users to only take the energy they need to continue their journey.

And it’s a trend that’s likely to catch on with the accelerating adoption of EVs in North America. Tesla’s new policy will apply to owners of Tesla vehicles when they want to recharge their vehicle’s battery beyond the 90% mark. Above 80%, the charging speed is greatly reduced to preserve the integrity of the battery.

Tesla has also indicated that this policy, which adds a dollar surcharge for every minute of use (between 90 and 100%), will only apply to busy charging stations, although at the time of writing, the brand’s strategists had not really defined the criteria for a station to be considered “busy”.

For the time being, this one-dollar-per-minute surcharge is unlikely to discourage users who prefer to leave with a full battery, although it will be interesting to see how users of the continent’s most extensive network react to this new policy.

And with several competing brands set to join Tesla’s range of charging stations – with the adoption of NACS technology – the network may well be busier than expected. Will other automakers follow suit with their own financial surcharge policies? Unless Tesla comes up with a single strategy to encourage electric vehicle owners to leave when the battery reaches 80% or 90% capacity?

Will users of these charging stations be willing to pay an average of US$20 and stay on site for almost half an hour longer, only to drive off with a “full” vehicle? As for those vehicles whose recharging speed is not as high as that of more recent models, is there a strategy in place for those users who will require more time?

These are some of the questions that will need to be clarified in the weeks and months ahead.

Trending Now

2025 Lexus UX Gets Fifth-Gen Hybrid Power

250h becomes 300h with 196 hp Lexus updates safety system, new screens and dash Lexus is giving its smallest model a boost for 2025....

GMC’s Bold Leap with Hummer and Denali in an Electric Future

It’s no secret that, at least for “today”, sustainability intersects with luxury. And when it comes to trucks, GMC emerges as a leader with...

2024 Jeep Gladiator Pickup Priced From $56k

Refreshed Gladiator comes with more equipment Upgrades include new luxury trims and new interior Jeep has just priced the 2024 Gladiator. The piuckup gets...

The 2025 Mazda CX-70 Priced From $49,750

The 2025 Mazda CX-70 emerges into the busy midsize two-row SUV segment with a compelling array of trim levels, each tailored to cater to...

Ineos Unveils the Fusilier, a Small Electric 4×4 That Takes After the Grenadier

This new model will be built by Magna in Austria, starting in 2027. A version with a gasoline range extender will also be...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.