Supercharging by the minute rates

A summary from the Tesla update on January 12, 2017.

Only applies to Model S and X ordered after January 15, 2017.

  • 400 kWh (~1,000 miles) of Supercharger credits are awarded annually (no rollover)
  • In North America, pricing is fixed within each state or province (include taxes/fees)
  • Two tiers to account for changes in charging speeds, called “Tier 1” and “Tier 2”.
    • Tier 1 applies while cars are charging at or below 60 kW (note: rate of charge)
    • Tier 2 applies while cars are charging above 60 kW (note: rate of charge).
    • Tier 1 also applies anytime your vehicle is sharing Supercharger power with another car (paired A/B)

Canada Supercharger pricing information is per minute. Tesla will try and work with regulators to change this to the preferred per kWh method.

Region Tier 1
Tier 2
Alberta $ 0.12 $ 0.24
British Columbia 0.14 0.28
Ontario 0.13 0.26
Quebec 0.13 0.26
Nova Scotia 0.14 0.28

Note: Tier 1 is half the cost of Tier 2.

USA Samples for West Coast Travellers:

Washington: $0.11 per kWh

Oregon: $0.12 per kWh

California: $0.20 per kWh
More details here.

3 comments for “Supercharging by the minute rates

  1. 2017-01-13 at 10:46

    Tesla is stating that per minute rates are used where there are issues charging by the kWh. I’m not sure why we’re seeing this as an issue in BC, because the DC FC network is already charging by the kWh. My understanding has been that charging for AC is a problem (essentially reselling Hydro’s power) from a legal perspective, but once it’s been converted to DC it’s a different commodity (so to speak). So why are the DC FC stations able to charge by the kWh, but Tesla evidently isn’t??

    And given the cost or power in BC, why are we on the upper end of the scale across the country? Something seems odd.

  2. 2017-01-13 at 10:51

    I believe the DCFC infrastructure are under municipal jurisdiction which have the exemption to resell by the kWh. I agree odd that our per minute rate seems higher. Likely taxes.

    • 2017-01-17 at 11:59

      This only confirms the fact that our laws governing the sale of electricity are antiquated. Once equipment is installed to make it into something BC Hydro doesn’t sell (high voltage DC), the threat to their monopoly no longer exists. It would be interesting to see how it’s all worded. If Tesla used BC Hydro’s power to charge a bank of of PowerPacks, which in turn powered the superchargers, could they charge by the kWh? If the power came from solar panels or wind turbines owned and operated by Tesla, could they charge by the kWh?

      It just seems odd that the DC FC network gets to play by different rules. At least they’re essentially overcharging for the power at 35 cents per kWh when compared to the Tesla rates!

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