Tesla owners in California feel uneasy as supercharging costs keep rising

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California is where Tesla began its journey as the only electric car maker less than two decades ago. It’s also the state with the most Tesla cars in North America and pretty much the whole world. Until last year, Tesla was headquartered in California as well.

Not only has inflation contributed to Tesla’s recent price increases, it’s now affecting these and other electric vehicles’ charging costs as well — at least in California.

Some Tesla owners have complained about the sudden increase in the rate of Tesla Supercharging costs over the past week. Tesla owners in California report that the cost of supercharging has ballooned from $0.48 per kilowatt-hour to $0.58 per kilowatt-hour during peak hours.

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Here is a list of Tesla Supercharging costs per kWh during peak and off-peak hours:

Hours Supercharge rates
12 AM – 11 AM $0.29/kWh
11 AM – 9 PM $0.58/kWh
9 PM – 12 AM $0.29/kWh
Tesla Supercharging costs in California (per kWh, last updated May 15, 2022).

A Tesla Model 3 owner from Los Angeles, California says that when she bought her car back in 2018, the California supercharging cost was flat at $0.26/kWh (no peak/off-peak hours) which is now more than doubled to 0.58 $/kWh during peak hours and $0.29/kWh during off-peak hours.

Another change that Tesla made is extending peak hours, they used to be from 11am to 7pm but now the duration has been extended from 11am to 9pm.

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Another Tesla owner posted on Twitter that his 20-70% supercharging session cost him $20.85 ($0.58 x 36 kWh), which is about 50% of the available capacity of a Tesla Model Y or Model 3 battery. Andrew Petrella Charges his Tesla at a Glendale, CA Supercharger station.

According to another Tesla owner on Reddit, prices for the Tesla Supercharger have gone up in other states as well. In Maryland (MD) and Delaware (DE), rates jumped from about $0.31 per kilowatt-hour to $0.41 per kilowatt-hour.

Another owner posted on Twitter that supercharging in New Jersey (NJ) despite being one of the lowest in the US costs $0.39 per kWh.

Tesla Supercharging costs $0.39 per kilowatt-hour in New Jersey displayed on the central touchscreen of a Tesla electric vehicle. credit: @Juan86P / Twitter.

Southern California Edison is a state power provider that offers a time-of-use (TOU) pricing structure to households using clean energy and electric vehicle charging at home. They have a special tariff called TOU-Prime that lets you use energy as low as $0.21 (21¢) per kilowatt-hour during off-peak hours (you can check out their various plans here).

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by Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for over 3 years on XAutoWorld.com, has republished many of his articles on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, and maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the social media realm. You can reach him on Twitter Tweet embed

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