Some things are too good to last. Then again, Tesla isn’t running a charity and it was only a matter of time before it actually started charging full price for the user of its Supercharger network. However, the sudden jump in price could very well be a rude awakening for those who’ve gotten used to dirt cheap charging prices. The good news is that Tesla’s might still be the best offer in town.
Part of the hesitation in the adoption of electric cars is the worry of running out of charge along the way. Tesla has set up its network of Superchargers and Supercharging stations not only across the US but in other countries as well to help address those fears. And, like with any new paid service, Tesla offered it cheap or even free for some time and under some programs.
The free gravy, as they say, has stopped but not only that, Tesla has also increased prices significantly. While the car maker has done so before in the US, the price hike is now being made worldwide. On average, Tesla owners are seeing a 33% increase. with prices in New York going from $0.24 per kWh to $0.32. In Norway, prices have gone from 1.40 NOK ($0.16) to 1.86 NOK ($0.22). Another critical change is that, instead of setting prices per state or region, Tesla is letting charging stations set the rates.
Tesla owners shouldn’t really be surprised nor should they be too worried. Even at that much higher price tag, Tesla’s Superchargers still offer the best bang for buck, or in this case, best kW per dollar even compared to third-party chargers. And, of course, it’s still cheaper than gasoline, not to mention more eco-friendly as well.
In its statement to Electrek, Tesla reiterates its goal for Superchargers, which is not to be a profit center. Instead, it’s meant to supplement the way most Tesla owners will charge: at home.