Tesla drivers will have to spend a bit more on the charger. The electric carmaker has raised prices at its Supercharger stations, according to Electrek (via Engadget), after implementing a new pricing structure.
So far, the company has charged drivers under a state / region pricing scheme. According to Electrek, the company is now moving towards an individual charging station structure, to take into account local demand and energy rates. The site noted that New York drivers were recently charged a state rate of $ 0.24 per kWh, which rose 33 percent to $ 0.32 per kWh in New York City under the change, noting that drivers Drivers in Europe have also reported increases.
The company raised prices anywhere from 20 to 40 percent last year for pay-as-you-go customers. A Tesla spokesperson said Electrek that the company is “adjusting Supercharging prices to better reflect differences in local electricity costs and site usage,” and reiterated its talking points from 2018, saying the company does not plan to use Supercharging stations as a “profit center”.
The change in the pricing scheme comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would end its customer referral program, which allowed them to give away six months of free charging to friends who also bought a Tesla. The move was a cost-cutting measure for the company, which made a profit for the first time in two years last fall.