Electrek reports that Tesla has raised its rates on Supercharging across the United States. And while the prices of most states increased by 20 to 40 percent, some experienced more substantial increases in costs. For example, the rates of California increased from 20 cents per kWh to 26 cents and the rates of New York rose from 19 cents per kWh to 24 cents. However, the rates of Oregon doubled from 12 cents per kWh to 24 cents.
Those who were affected most by the said changes will be Tesla 3 drivers because while owners of Model S and X receive 400 kWh of Supercharger credits every year, Model 3 owners do not. Tesla has been adding to its Supercharger network in 2017, expanding into urban areas and establishing bigger Supercharger stations. And as the production of Model 3 ramps up, its charging stations are possibly to see more use.
Tesla informed Electrek that even if it adjusts the prices of Supercharger, they will always be less expensive as compared to gas.
Teslas stated: “We occasionally adjust rates to reflect current local electricity and usage. The overriding principle is that Supercharging will always remain significantly cheaper than gasoline, as we only aim to recover a portion of our costs while setting up a fair system for everyone.
“This will never be a profit center for Tesla.”