Thought of the Day: Tesla Supercharger Credit Costs

Welcome to Thought of the Day! Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield as she poses a question for you all to think about and answer.

Today, following the announcement earlier today that Tesla will soon start to cap free supercharger access for new customers, we’re asking how much Tesla should charge per kilowatt-hour or equivalent of electricity? What is too much, and what is too little?

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  • Good thoughts …
    1. Regarding Tesla charging credits … will be interesting if based on kWh, or minutes of charging. Expect all network providers will be watching, as could influence their business models.
    2. With recent new AP2 sensor package, and a few other amenities since early adopters received their Model S; and now a change in supercharging … wonder how many owners will consider this a good time to upgrade?
    (particularly those drivers leasing a Model S)
    BTW: the $7500 credit may end on US Tesla vehicles in 2018 (currently available on 200,000 BEVs delivered by manufacturer to US market)
    3. Is free SC linked to vehicle VIN, or based on date the vehicle was purchase? Thinking about those purchasing a used Tesla in the future … will the unlimited charging capability follow the vehicle, or end with initial drivers ownership?

    • Martin Lacey

      1) 400 kWh free supercharging every calendar year. It makes sense to charge by the kWh for charging your Tesla.

      2) It’s a big incentive to upgrade and retain free for life SC privileges.

      3) I should think if you buy second hand from Tesla that some if not all of the annual 400 kWh will be thrown in.

  • Albemarle

    Lots of ways of looking at this. This is an opportunity for Tesla to set a price that will get all the “charge only at Superchargers” users to be more reasonable. Assuming the retail price of the vehicle no longer includes much of a supercharger premium, I think anything up to $0.30 per kWh would be reasonably. Still cheaper than a gas fill up.

    These are people that are willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a car. Tesla needs the money more than they do.

  • Farmer_Dave

    Elon has stated that Tesla will not make a profit on the charging price, and that it will be cheaper than a gas fill up. So far we don’t know if it will be pay-at-the-pump or some kind of pay-in-advance credit operation.