Tesla to Charge 40 Cents Per Minute If Cars Aren’t Moved From Supercharger When Juiced Up

In a statement last Friday, Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk said, “Supercharger spots are meant for charging, not parking.”

That was a prelude announcing the electric carmaker’s “Supercharger Idle Fee,” a $0.40 per minute fee ($24 per hour) for vehicles that have been charged but remain parked.

The new fee applies to any and every Tesla Model S or Models X vehicles no matter when the car was purchased, and even if there are open Superchargers nearby. The fees will be added the next time the cars go in for service.

Tesla has an app that tells an owner when the car is finished charging, and if it is moved within five minutes, there is no charge.

Tesla’s Supercharger network now stretches coast-to-coast in the U.S. and has allowed Tesla owners to quickly recharge their cars for free. In around 20 minutes a car can get a 50 percent charge, or get a full charge after slightly more than an hour.

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Going from free to a fee for cars that are charged but remain in charging spots is the result of complaints from Tesla owners who have been angered when pulling into charging stations only to find Supercharger spots filled by fully-charged vehicles whose owners are not around.

Perhaps they left the car to charge while going shopping or to see a movie. Whatever the reason, this leaves a charger occupied for much longer than is necessary, while others must wait for an open spot.

In November, Tesla announced that beginning Feb. 1, 2017, all new Tesla buyers would be charged for Supercharger access. However, they would receive around 1,000-miles’ worth of long-distance travel credits for free recharging on long trips.

But this all said, the fee for the Supercharge hogs won’t last forever.

“We envision a future where cars move themselves once fully charged, enhancing network efficiency and the customer experience even further,” Tesla said in its Supercharger Idle Fee announcement.

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