Tesla introduces dynamic pricing on Superchargers in Europe to reduce congestion and grid load. The price will vary depending on the place and time of charging.
The demand to use Tesla Superchargers is growing. The number of the manufacturer's vehicles on the road continues to increase, and the opening of charging stations for non-Tesla vehicles will further intensify the burden on them. However, the company is working on the best option to satisfy its own customers and help spread electric vehicles by supporting them with its charging infrastructure. In addition, Europe is having difficulty getting electricity due to Russia's attack on Ukraine, and reducing the load on the grid during peak hours will help stabilize it.
According to posts by Tesla's German owners on a local forum, the company has introduced dynamic pricing for Supercharger charging in Germany. One post mentioned that it was available in some other locations across Europe, but no specific countries were named. The owners said charging prices in Germany range from 46 cents to 74 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) depending on location and time. The lowest prices, ranging from 46 to 56 cents per kWh, apply at night from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. Higher prices apply during the daytime and on the busiest Superchargers.
Applying this policy will result in vehicles arriving for charging more evenly throughout the day. For example, owners who live near a busy charging station may prefer to charge after 10:00 pm and save money on doing so. In addition, reducing the load on the power grid during the day will have a positive impact on the entire power system in Germany and other countries where this approach will be applied.
In 2021, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the company is thinking about a new pricing model for Supercharger charging using time-based rates. He said that the plan is for charging during peak hours to be more expensive than at other times because there are times when the Superchargers are empty and sometimes they are full. Now is the best time to start applying this approach.
In parallel with this, Tesla continues to increase the number of charging stations in Europe. The company recently announced that it has installed over 10,000 Supercharger stalls at 900 locations across Europe. The pace of charging infrastructure expansion remains high, with one-fifth of all Superchargers on the continent installed in the first nine months of 2022 alone.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.