5 States Most Impacted By Recent Tesla Supercharger Price Increase

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Posted by Teslanomics by Ben Sullins on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Here’s a super-quick look at which states were impacted the most by Tesla’ new Supercharger rates.

As we reported just the other day, Tesla quietly hiked rates for Supercharging in most states. Keep in mind that this impacts all Tesla Model 3 owners, as well as owners of new Tesla Model S and X vehicles who purchased their vehicles without utilizing a referral code.

RELATED: Tesla Quietly Jacks Up Supercharging Rates In U.S.

Rocklin Supercharger station – Image Credit: Robert Huston

Thanks to hardcore EV fans like Teslanomics’ Ben Sullins, we have an update on how states were affected by the new rate hike, as well as the actual percentage of increase.

As we explained the other day, states like Illinois have seen over a 60 percent increase, from .15/kWh to .25/kWh. States like California that already had higher rates weren’t hit so hard (.20/kWh to .26/kWh).

It turns out that some states saw an increase of over 100 percent, and several saw the 100 percent (doubling) increase.

The states facing the biggest percentage increase include Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, Idaho, and Utah. Washington took the biggest hit, with a 127 percent increase.


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What? California wasn’t the highest rate increase. You have to be kidding. 🙂

Higher initial electricity price, and a much larger usage of SCs.

Makes sense to me.

With over 90% of daily charging to take place at home, maybe this deter many opportunity/in-town owners from using Superchargers when it’s not necessary, allowing more chargers to be available for interstate travel as they were intended.

And without doing the math, for interstate travel, it’s still got to be a lot cheaper than buying gasoline.

Yeah. An interesting rule of thumb I’ve research once is that per kWh pricing is roughly the same equivalent to gas prices, if you just move the decimal point to the right once. For example, $0.25 per kWh is equivalent to $2.50 a gallon gas.

Nope, it’s not to deter in-town owners from charging. It is to deter Model 3 owners from charging. This keeps the SC network exclusive and helps sell the Model S/X as premium.

Think about it, only Model 3 owners have to pay for SC use. Every S/X owner out there is either grandfathered in or foolishly refused to grab one of the many free SC referral codes out on the Internet.

I’m not complaining. Which Model S/X owner wants to pull into a SC station full of riff-raff Model 3’s?

Can’t wait for the trolls to try blowing this out of proportion.

With my 70D (about 230mi range), I supercharge about 8-9 times a year with holiday/vacation travel and business travel. If I traded in for a SR Model 3 (about the same range), I figure it’d cost me about $50-$70 per year in charging here in New England. Even if it were to double, we’re still talking about $100/year for the privilege of virtually seamless long distance travel. Worth. Every. Penny.

(And I’m actually planning to trade in for the LR, mainly because the extreme cold has nearly caught me off guard once or twice. I recently got home with 1% remaining…)

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

It’ll probably go up in CA because all the utilities are talking about rate increases again.

What is the new rate for Texas? Just curious if they have a new map.

I think Texas stayed the same rate.

Tesla appears to have changed from benchmarking their Supercharger prices on the local electricity prices to benchmarking on local GASOLINE prices. Case in point: Washington State has just about the lowest electricity prices but one of the highest avg gasoline prices, hence it saw the biggest price jump.

The assumed rationale for benchmarking to local gas prices is it allows Tesla to raise prices as high as possible without (egregiously) violating their “cheaper than gas” pledge for Supercharging.

That is an excellent point!

This means all the electricity saving advantage of pure EV just disappeared. It makes more sense to buy hybrid with decent electric range. I saw this coming two years ago already!

Explain yourself

It gets easier to understand him after you realize that he doesn’t know the meaning of “decent” and “advantage”.

Possibly the most cost-effective arrangement is a luxury PHEV with a relatively large battery – a car which is only approximated currently by the Generation Two Chevrolet Volt. (53 miles AER, although many get 70 miles in city driving) – a car which doesn’t really exist yet by ANY manufacturer.

That type of car would provide basically 100% all electric operation the vast majority of the time, and economical highway travel for the relatively rare trips and vacations.

But Point taken that, incidental to raising the cost of Supercharging for the Model ‘3’, Tesla is making one feature of the car somewhat less attractive.

With so many reservations for the car, Tesla may not be greatly concerned.

Not even close.
With a hybrid, you have high maintenance costs.
With an EV, you charge at home, and then when you need to , you charge on the road. In both cases, you are STILL cheaper than hybrid or ICE

The market will correct it. As soon as enough non Tesla e-cars are on the road and high capacity CCS/Chademo chargers will become available, Model 3 users will have other alternatives that are likely more pegged to the electricity price in certain states.
Tesla is not going to maintain it’s SC infrastructure vs. the whole rest of the industry. I also don’t think they want to (or need to). It has served its purpose to make electro mobility to become reality and Tesla cars attractive. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sell it altogether to a charging consortium in the future.

$0.25 as compared with gas @2.50/gallon, is roughly like a 37mpg car; using EPA highway mpge=120. There’s no effect for local driving that doesn’t use the superchargers. So probably this has no measurable effect on anyone’s decision making. You don’t buy a $49k car and pinch pennies for gas; or electric in this case. I thought about how this might effect PHEV alternative sales but it won’t. Anybody willing to put up with extra time for highway supercharging will gleefully put up with a few extra pennies.

In CA gas is about $3.30 so the decision is much easier…we should thank our politicians.

With “The Donald” in town today (LA), I will pass on the “thank our politicians”, for the “decision (that) is much easier”!

The true costs of gasoline to society is about $10/gallon when you factor in the direct and indirect subsidies to producers/military costs/health and environmental effects.


I’m not debating that as I fully agree …what I’m debating is the wide difference in cost from state to state.

All good as long as $ > home charging cost and $ < gas cost. Wonder if locations have any correlation to Supercharge usage abuse?

If that’s not the case then add pv and change the equation. If anyone really wants to save money, they really can.

This is a good thing!!! Fast charging should carry a premium over home charging. I’d say twice the price of charging at home, but less than 60% of the cost of gas @ 40 MPG is JUST RIGHT!

EVGo recently announced a reduction in their pricing which brings their pricing just under the price of gas, which considering most of your charging should be at home makes it reasonable. Tesla still has a huge pricing advantage over EVGo’s, and is significantly faster and more available than EVGo.

“I’d say twice the price of charging at home, but less than 60% of the cost of gas @ 40 MPG is JUST RIGHT!”

Your suggestions don’t converge.

40mpg at $3.20/gallon is $0.08/mile
3.5miles/kWh at $0.18/kWh (PG&E baseline) is $0.05/mile. Double CA electricity rate to $0.36/kWh, it would be $0.10/miles. Even if you use the lowest EV-A rate and double that, you would be still around $0.22/kWh or$0.063/mile.

Less than 60% of $0.08/miles is $0.048/miles. That is already greater than $0.063/miles.

Do Model S/X still get free SC? If so then this is really the Model 3 pricing which everyone should have been aware is the situation.
Comments on the walled garden come to mind, but with Tesla you still have the option to charge at non Tesla stations, so I don’t think it will be an issue long term. Tesla will determine what the market can bear and at the price accordingly.
And while Musk use there I think it will be fair, but look out once Musk leaves, I think you will then see profit become all important.

Model S/X get charged if they leave their cars plugged in. i.e. go to gym, extended shopping, spouse drops them off (yes real thing) then takes them back later.

Just one minor addition, that’s only the case if more than half the supercharger stalls are occupied. The app will notify you if you need to move your car or pay fines.

Is there a way to limit the charging rate to 60kWh or less at a Supercharger, and get the lower rate?

Sure, just set the charge rate lower but it will take longer so what is the point?

As far as I recall, you cannot change the rate at a Super Charger. Plus I don’t think they want to slow you down and increase overall congestion. That’s partly what the rate hike is all about.

To save $ if you have the time.

I guess they donot want anyone to buy model 3, so I guess we donot need new equipment , let’s buy 2015 and 2016 with free charging and charge to your heart content then they will make everyone pay to charge

Hey dale your right they should buy some other electric car so they can charge on their network…oh wait there is no other car that has a network that can get you just about anywhere in the U.S.

Well maybe they should get another EV to save money from the rate increase to the superchargers network…oh wait the superchargers are still much cheaper and faster than any other charging station out there.

Just watch out it’s coming

When we use too much we will all start paying, mark my words ,then I will sell my two cars

Any of the older or remote/lightly used superchargers that don’t have powerpacks will get slapped with extra “usage spikes” fees from power companies when thier meter goes from 0 to 120kw at random times. Power companies don’t like to have to respond to pulses like that. This mostly affects larger businesses or manufacturing companies, but is likely the reason or increased prices, especially in Washington.

Fake information from you Bob.

Power companies do not bill for “Pulses” or Spikes.

Demand charged is either 15 or 30 minute Integrated Average for the month (2880, or 1440 demand periods, respectively).

But with that said, an “S” or “X” charging at 115 kw is drawing much more from the Revenue Meter from the Utility since that 115 kw figure ignores the heat billowing out of the SC charging bay. That electric heat, as well as the relatively small wire heating, and coolers, must also be paid for.

Do not make free interstate free charging into your buying decision! There will be many more EVs to choose from in 2 years. I don’t like the way Tesla is doing its business recently. Was thinking of buying model Y, not anymore!

Still, Tesla deserves a place in EV and environment museum.

When we actually get other fast charge networks on our interstates, we’ll see what they charge and actually see who is charging over market rates…

“Was thinking of buying model Y, not anymore!”
You just realized they don’t accept monopoly money, didn’t you?