Congestion fees are now live at some Tesla Supercharger stations in the US
Translation: Tesla says it will charge drivers an extra $1 per minute to juice their electric vehicle batteries above 90%, but only if the stations are “busy.” The fees peak during the busiest travel times in the US – specifically, the days before and after Thanksgiving.
The EV maker doesn’t say how busy a station is before the congestion charge kicks in. However, the company wrote a support page that congestion fees will replace existing “idle fees” at some stations, and Tesla imposes idle fees once half of the station’s available chargers are occupied, after the cars are fully charged.
said Tesla Idle Fees The page previously stated, “This is all about increasing customer happiness and we hope to never make a profit from it.” That language is absent from the automaker’s updated support page.
As for why Tesla is imposing congestion charges, the company’s expansion plans likely have something to do with it. Tesla is opening Superchargers to EVs from other automakers to tap federal funds through the Inflation Reduction Act. The change will help the stations cope with traffic congestion.
People who get free charging on their Tesla are not immune to the charges, the company clarified.
Early reports said that Tesla’s congestion charges would begin after the vehicle’s batteries hit 80% charge. Whether you’re charging an EV or a smart phone, chargers slow down to capacity levels to prevent overheating.