The prices for fast charging of Tesla electric cars on the company’s own superchargers differ depending on the country and in the USA also from state to state, but within these limits they are almost the same at every station and at any time. That could change soon, however: Tesla has already tested flexible supercharger tariffs in the USA and now wants to start using them in Scandinavia – and other European countries could follow.
Supercharger electricity 50% cheaper
This emerges from statements made by a communications manager at Tesla in Norway to the private TV broadcaster TV2.no, as reported on its website at the weekend. During the winter holidays in Norway and Sweden, Tesla will reduce the electricity prices on its superchargers by 50 percent on certain days as part of “a larger project,” the manager announced. This should encourage Tesla owners to charge during off-peak holidays.
Similar to gas stations, according to TV2.no, there are occasional queues at the charging points for electric cars, including the Tesla Supercharger, during the main travel season. In the US, according to the Electrek blog, they have also experimented with varying prices. However, it seemed less about equalization than about lowering the basic charges for electricity purchase with a reduced peak load.
In the longer term, this factor could also play a role in the European project, but for the time being, according to the Tesla manager, it is about avoiding or shortening waiting times during the holidays. To this end, the Supercharger price in Norway will initially be reduced by half on the next three Saturdays. Instead of the regular 2.57 kroner (about 0.25 euros), faster electricity per kilowatt hour should then cost 1.29 kroner. The current price should then be displayed on the navigation screen.
Other Tesla markets are likely to follow
The TV2.no report does not reveal what the test will look like in Sweden, but it should be based on the same principle. And because the Tesla manager said Norway and Sweden were “the first markets in Europe” with such tests, it can be assumed that other countries will follow. In the longer term, even extremely flexible supercharger prices would be conceivable, at which the current electricity price in wholesalers can fully impact. Such tariffs are already available in Germany – including from a provider in Norway, which enables economical Tesla charging at home.