Tesla raises California Supercharger prices

Tesla raises California Supercharger prices

Tesla warned California customers that Supercharger rates and off-peak hours will change on September 28.

Tesla drivers have received many updates this year, and owners grumble about growing expenses. Reddit users revealed their Supercharger pricing experiences.

Although prices vary, most are growing. u/xpntblnkx reported peak rates of $0.55-0.65 per kWh in Culver City, Hollywood, DTLA, Long Beach, and Irvine. Midnight to 8 a.m. is off-peak. Rates range from $0.21 to $0.41 per kWh.

Another user, u/michoudi, said San Diego's peak pricing were $0.58 per kWh and $0.29 off-peak. Tesla now has a midrange rate tier. Peak hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) are $0.57, mid-tier hours (5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) are $0.35, and off-peak hours (11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) are $0.25.

Electrek reports that these are not exceptional prices and that many Superchargers now charge above $0.50 per kWh during peak hours, albeit some cost less. Off-peak pricing are 30% less.

Price rises presumably reflect rates established by California's utilities firms, but also highlight the complexity of responding to modern energy needs and the electrical grid.

Given that much of California's energy is generated by solar panels, Stanford University research proposes charging EVs between 8:00 a.m. and noon. p.m.

Tesla and utilities providers charge higher peak rates at this time, yet it's when the greatest electricity is being generated, so rates should be lower. Despite that, it's likely also when most drivers want to charge, and when chargers may be packed, making this advise hard to implement.