After announcing in November 2016 that it will start charging new Tesla owners for using its Supercharger network, Tesla detailed exactly how it will go down. SEE ALSO: Tesla's Gigafactory is officially open for business Tesla previously said that everyone who orders a Tesla after Jan. 15, 2017, or pre-ordered a Tesla that won't arrive before April 2017, will be charged "a small fee" for charging at Supercharger stations. The company also said it would grant Tesla Model S and Model X (but not Model 3) car owners 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits per year. Now we also know how much will the fee for charging beyond those credits will be, but it's not one number, as the pricing is different in various regions and countries, and varies depending on whether you're charging at or below 60kW (Tesla calls this tier 1) or above 60kW (tier 2). A trip from Los Angeles to New York will cost about $120.
Every Tesla owner so far has enjoyed free access to the company's supercharging stations, the network of quick battery chargers that pepper highways throughout the world. But come 2017, using these supercharging stations will no longer be free for new Tesla owners. SEE ALSO: Tesla-SolarCity merger will come to a vote on Nov. 17 If you order a Tesla after Jan. 2017, or if you've pre-ordered a Tesla that won't arrive by April 2017 (likely the Model 3), you may want to save some money for fueling. Tesla said in a blog post the new refueling fee will be "less than the price of filling up a comparable gas car." Still, it's a pretty significant change that may affect a potential customer's decision to invest in a Tesla.
Tesla has raised the rates at its proprietary Supercharger stations as production of its lower-cost Model 3 sedan ramps up. The Electrek blog first noticed the adjustment, reporting that prices jumped this week between 20 percent and 100 percent, depending on the state. For example, Oregon saw an increase from 12 cents to 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, while the rate in New York was hiked from 19 cents to 24 cents. Superchargers are located strategically along highways and in urban areas. Due to electricity distribution regulations, a per-minute fee is charged in some states like Alabama, where prices are linked to the charging speed.
Tesla has an exciting 2017 ahead with the Model 3 launch and other expected launches, such as the Model Y sedan and the Tesla pickup truck. To support its goal of selling 500,000 cars per year, the company needs to set up a Supercharger network which will make it possible to drive a Tesla for long distances. In the coming year, the company has a lot planned on the Supercharger front. Faster Superchargers: Tesla's existing Supercharger provides the Model S' battery from zero to full charge in an hour. This makes the process seem tardy, compared to going to the gas pump and filling up your car's tank.
Those affected most by the changes will be Tesla 3 drivers because while Model S and X owners receive 400 kWh of Supercharger credits each year, Model 3 owners don't. Tesla has been adding to its Supercharger network this past year, expanding into urban areas and building larger Supercharger stations. And as Model 3 production ramps up, its charging stations are likely to see more use. Tesla told Electrek that even if it adjusts Supercharger prices, they'll always be less expensive than gas. "We occasionally adjust rates to reflect current local electricity and usage.