After announcing late last year that they will be imposing a charge, Tesla went to explain and reveal its Tesla Supercharger fees.
Tesla Motors is an energy storage and automaker company. It is based in Palo Alto, California. The American company is specialized in electric cars. It also produces powertrain components. Battery charging equipment is also supplied by the company.
Tesla Motors also set up its own electric car charging system. This is the Tesla Supercharger. The high-powered superchargers network span across North America. It can also be found in Asia and Europe. It is only compatible with Tesla vehicles.
The supercharger station offers a 480-volt fast-charging option. It was developed by Tesla so as to allow for longer journeys. As of late 2016, there are over 760 stations at a global level. These account for more than 4,870 chargers.
Once purchased, Tesla Supercharging is free. But this option is available only for cars ordered before a certain date. This is January 15, 2017. Cars ordered after this date will have certain limitations.
Tesla announced some two months back that it will put a tax on the supercharge. Earlier this week, it also offered details. They were released on January 12, in an official blog post.
It stated as follows. “Tesla created the Supercharger network to make long-distance travel a seamless experience for drivers.” Still, the company will be charging the newer model owners.
Still, they will have an initially free mileage. Specific 2017 Tesla models will be granted free supercharging credits. These will amount to 400 kilowatt-hours or kWh.
Tesla Model S and X owners will beneficiate from this offer. The credits will amount to about 1,000 miles. They will reportedly be sent every year, on the vehicle’s delivery anniversary.
The manufacturer stated that it carefully analyzed the kWh credit. “We carefully consider current Supercharger usage and found that 400 kWh covers the annual long-distance driving needs of the majority of our owners. “
As such, Tesla states that most owners will continue to benefit from free charges. The Tesla Supercharger should not come with additional costs to the average driver.
After surpassing the annual credit, drivers will face a small additional charge. This will be location dependent. More exactly, in Europe and Asia, it will vary according to country. In North America, it will also have a set price. This will vary in accordance with the province or state.
Tesla declared that “owners will pay per kWh as it’s the fairest way to pay for the exact energy used.” However, some local regulations do not reportedly allow for such a charge. Instead, they require a per minute fee. The company is reportedly working on updating these regulations.
Tesla stated it wants the Tesla Supercharger to remain seamless and simple. It should also offer a significantly cheaper variant. Especially when compared to gasoline.
The company also offered explanations in regards to the charge. “We are only aiming to recover a portion of our costs and set up a fair system for everyone; this will never be a profit center for Tesla.”
Tesla Supercharger also comes with its own history feature. Customers will simply plug in and then charge up. Following the supercharge, they can access the charging history on the company website.
Supercharging affordability models have also been offered. As such, a San Francisco to Los Angeles estimated value was offered. This could cost about $15. A Los Angeles to New York cost was also advanced. This could come up to $120.
Tesla will reportedly continue expanding and updating its Tesla Supercharger. “We are excited to continue the expansion of the world’s fastest and most sophisticated charging network.”
Additional details about the Supercharging fees can be found on the official Tesla blog.
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