Tesla Motors charges a Supercharger Idle Fee of USD $0.40 per minute in the United States. The American automaker and energy storage company is widely known for its supercharger network for charging Tesla models at the charging station. There is a number of Superchargers located geographically nationwide for the car owners to plug in and quickly charge up – but the owners are facing problems as the number of cars is increasing on the road.
To overcome this issue, Tesla introduced a fleet-wide idle fee that aims to increase Supercharger availability. Now it’s the owner’s responsibility that once a car’s battery is full, the owner receives a push notification via the Tesla app. If they don’t move the car within five minutes, it will start racking up charges of $0.40 per minute, billed at their next visit to a service center.
The Tesla app allows owners to remotely monitor their vehicle, alerting them when their charge is nearly complete and again once fully charged. The charges vary according to the location. If the car is moved within 5 minutes, the fee is waived.
Tesla has listed the Supercharger fee on the support page of its website. Here is how it varies according to the available countries:
Tesla is looking towards a future where cars move once fully charged, enhancing network efficiency and the customer experience even further.