New Tesla Supercharger Price Hike Electrifies Owners

Rising energy prices will be passed on to fast charging stations. After Allego, it’s Tesla’s turn to announce a price increase to all of its customers. Another increase that is struggling to pass for some owners.

If the rise in electricity prices should not upset the habits of those who charge their electric cars at home, the situation is different for public charging. A first charging operator, Allego, has indicated an increase to come. Now it’s Tesla’s turn to send an email on September 19 to all of its customers to report the increase in the prices of its superchargers throughout Europe.

Users welcome the news in very different ways: if some take the announcement with philosophy, for others, it’s a cold shower.

The new prices for Tesla superchargers as of September 19, 2022

This is understandable: in March 2022, Tesla had already applied an increase in its supercharger prices. They had then gone from an average of 38 cents to 46 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) for Tesla owners. With the September 19 announcement, Tesla goes to an average of 67 cents/kWh for France. The increase is significant enough to call out This is an average: Tesla superchargers display different prices depending on their locations.

All European countries are also affected by these increases. France is no exception.

This is the first time that Tesla has sent an email to its customers to warn them of the increase in the charging rate. The message is sober and succinct:

Due to an increase in energy prices, we are adjusting the prices for Superchargers in Europe.

For charging prices, tap the Supercharger map icon on your vehicle’s touchscreen and select a Supercharger station. »

Tesla and its supercharger boost email. // Source: Tesla

For superchargers open to everyone (excluding Tesla), the price now drops to €0.79/kWh, or €0.67/kWh if you have a subscription. It is especially for these users that the increase makes the recharging operation particularly costly.

For the moment, the other operators, such as Fastned or Ionity (€0.69/kWh) have not yet announced an increase in their prices for fast charging. Fastned still charges €0.59/kWh, and Ionity €0.69/kWh (excluding subscription). The specter of seeing rapid recharges appearing at more than €1 per kilowatt hour is beginning to worry motorists.

Two clans of users oppose each other

On the one hand, there are the pragmatists, who knew that an increase was coming and who take the increase in supercharges with philosophy, like Jérôme’s testimony:

That was to be expected. The price of energies has never been so much on the rise, moreover the public terminals are not protected by the tariff shield. This increase is inevitable. Let’s just hope they lower prices when energy prices return to normal. If it ever happens. »

Many charge almost exclusively at home, the increase in supercharger prices does not affect the use of their Tesla. The situation is different for those who use the Tesla in their professional activity, driving a lot and over long distances: taxis and salespeople in particular.

For others, it’s a real blow for long journeys which will now cost as much, or even more, than with a recent thermal vehicle. However, there are still many other advantages to the electric car.

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Tesla Model 3 charging on a supercharger // Source: Raphaelle Baut for Numerama

Asking some Tesla owners what they think of it, Philippe told us: ” This is exaggerated… In less than 2 years, prices have tripled before adding “But we can’t go back. »

For his part, Sébastien is a little nostalgic ” When I bought my car (Model 3 Grande Autonomie) the KWh was 22 cents. We will probably never see that again! »

Faced with government aid applied to fuel prices, many owners of electric vehicles (all brands combined) would not be against a form of price shield for charging electric vehicles. If charging operators cannot contain prices, European ambitions to ban the sale of thermal vehicles in 2035 may be more difficult to honour.

There remains a third category of Tesla owners who observe the situation with amused eyes. Pascal is one of them. With his 2016 Model S, he benefits from free and unlimited supercharging, an advantage that has disappeared since 2018 from the American manufacturer. With the turmoil around supercharger prices, Pascal is not yet ready to give up his Tesla Model S, despite more than 180,000 km on the odometer.

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