Tesla raises the prices of its Superchargers again, under certain conditions

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Whether you use Tesla Superchargers to charge a model from the brand or from another manufacturer, you will be in the same boat. Tesla has just announced that from now on its Superchargers would take peak and off-peak hours into account to adjust rates.

Tested since September 2022, this device reserved for certain charging stations will therefore be extended to the entire network of Superchargers, i.e. nearly 10,000 terminals. Thus, from now on, a recharge carried out between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (in peak hours therefore) will cost more than a recharge carried out outside these hours.

“By charging during off-peak hours, customers will benefit from a lower rate while reducing the pressure on their local electricity network, explains the company. As the energy market evolves, Supercharger prices will continue to be adjusted regularly, allowing Tesla and EV owners to save when the cost of energy drops.”

Thus, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., the kWh will be billed at 66 cents, compared to 50 cents for the rest of the day, an increase of 32%. These rates apply to subscribers and users of Tesla cars. For the others, the rates will be 70 cents per kWh in off-peak hours and 78 cents in peak hours.

Increasingly expensive electric charging

Since the beginning of the energy crisis, owners of electric cars have seen the prices of charging stations explode. For larger models, recharging at some stations even costs more than a full tank of gas (based on the number of kilometers travelled).

We think of the Ionity stations, very expensive, or the Tesla stations whose prices have continued to increase in recent months. Moreover, by opening its Superchargers to other manufacturers, Tesla certainly generates turnover but also takes the risk of cluttering its stations.

Fortunately, according to the National Association for the Development of Electric Mobility (Avere), 90% of electric vehicle owners charge their car at home or at their place of work, which represents a cost much lower than that of gasoline.

In France, the government has implemented an energy shield to reduce the effects of inflation on electricity bills. At the same time, the exceptional discount on fuel prices disappears from November 16, 2022. There is therefore no doubt that refueling will cost much more than an electric recharge. Enough to console owners of electric cars?

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