Here’s How Paid Tesla Supercharging Works – Video

1 week ago by Mark Kane 18

Earlier this year, Tesla switched from free Supercharging access for all Model S and Model X to paid access for new cars ordered after January 15 and not delivered before April 15.

Tesla Supercharging – 400 kWh credit balance

While the older Teslas retain unlimited free fast Supercharging for long-distance travel, the new ones are paid above an annual credit of 400 kWh.

One of the newer Tesla owners has recently uploaded video with a demonstration of what happens when you begin to consume beyond the 400 kWh free pool.

While, the on-board counter “Paid Supercharging” indicates $0, later the app shows the energy used at the station, and the remaining amount of free kWh, above which charging will have be paid.

Costs of Supercharging depend on the state or country, an itemized list of which can be found here.

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18 responses to "Here’s How Paid Tesla Supercharging Works – Video"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Tesla should’ve just made it per minute based on 120 kW at $0.20/kWh pricing across the board, which is $0.40/min ($24/hr), and none for free. That’s the same as the supercharger “parking” fee for those who remain connected 5 minutes past their full, and one pricing for all instead of dozens of different pricing. Basically, the longer you remain connected, the higher it cost per kWh due to taper / full battery.

    1. DEPRESSED says:

      AND…Tesla should roll over our annual 400 kWh to a maximum bank of 2,000 kWh. If we are not using our 400 kWh then it doesn’t cost Tesla anything to store up a bank/credit of it to a limit of 2,000. If we are using our 400 kWh allotment, then what difference does it make if we use it 400 kWh at a time or take a long trip and use 2,000 kWh? If we use it we use it. If we don’t use it, store it up for a trip.

      Oh yeah…if we don’t use our 400 kWh in a year, Tesla pays nothing and the 400 kWh is a great advertising stunt. Tesla takes lifetime SC away from future Tesla owners who have been waiting years for an affordable Tesla and the use of super chargers for free and placates them with 400 kWh per year that the owner loses if not used.

      1. SparkEV says:

        What do you mean AND? I specifically said NONE FOR FREE, not even 400 kWh/year. I’m trying to make it simpler, not more complex and more tracking.

        400kWh/yr at $0.20/kWh is $80/yr, much less in states outside CA. Even without “free” $80/yr, Tesla 3 is plenty affordable.

  2. Bonaire says:

    The guy is expecting payment values to show up during his 400 free kWh period? He will start to see charges after he uses up the 400 kWh.

    However, we need to see if charges for idle time occur now – they should accrue even if the 400 kWh hours is not yet eaten up.

    The first 400 are free, so $0.00 until it completes. The screen should show the “current kWh prices” when charging – it looks like that feature is not visible.

  3. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

    Grammar Nazi Alert! On the payment screen @3:53, it says the following:

    “Each year, you’ll receive 400 kWh of complementary charging. . .”

    That should be complimentary (as in free), and not complementary.

    The last paragraph of the payment screen says the following:

    “If you purchased your Tesla after January 15, 2017, you’ll be charged a small fee for each Supercharging session.”

    What is this “small fee” and why wasn’t he charged this small fee? Is this another mistake? Should it read that you’ll be charged “a small fee for each Supercharging session after you use up your annual 400 kWh of complimentary charging”?

  4. JR says:

    This is only US prices, nothing about Europe

    1. Peto02 says:

      Europe prices are here:

      € 0.20 per kWh

      € 0.34 per minute above 60 kW
      € 0.17 per minute at or below 60 kW

  5. Fabian says:

    Seems like one would blow through 400 kWh rather quickly. Wish the amount would have been higher, like 1000kwh free per year.

    1. Mikey says:

      Only if you charged at super chargers frequently. If you mostly charge at home and don’t go on a lot of trips longer than 200 miles, that could last all year.

      400kWh would be about 1200 highway miles. Also, figure that you leave your house with 250 miles of range. So you could take about 24 300 mile trips, 8 400 mile trips, or ~5 500 mile trips per year before spending any money on super charging.

  6. Bacardi says:

    Checked out the rates…Highest overall rate:
    CT: $0.26 per minute above 60 kW
    Lowest overall rate: $0.07 per minute at or below 60 kW

    Cali (where half of all EVs are sold): $0.20 per kWh

    1. pjwood1 says:

      But MA wins, at the highest flat rate. $.22, on either side of 60KW. We’re supposed to cheer higher electric rates as good for conservation. Right?

    2. says:

      Very decent rates…i think they should charge more so people will charge more at home and not overcrowd the chargers for the long distance travelers.

      1. says:

        @ Cali rates….

      2. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ sven says:

        Tesla’s NY rate is less than the rate I pay at home in NYC.

        1. says:

          See, that’s what i’m talking about…they should not encourage people in using the fast chargers as primary charging stations…make then a bit more expensive than what you would get at home or work.

    3. M3 reserved says:

      With TOU, still cheaper to charge at Supercharger in Cali at pk times

  7. Bob says:

    I don’t care about the rate… as long as it is cheaper than fuelling a Prius.

  8. Mister G says:

    There should be a discount for supercharger powered by PV.

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