Tesla Motors To Charge “Supercharger Idle Fee” For A Better Charging Experience

Dec 19, 2016 05:36 AM EST | Joanne Zamora

While driving your Tesla, you notice that you're nearly empty. You arrive at the nearest Supercharger station, at last! But as you look, you see every spot taken by other cars, probably all charged up and ready to roll. "Now, where are the drivers?" you ask. Tesla shares your disgust and, to be fair, is now doing something about it by imposing a different kind of charge.

According the TechCrunch, the company announced today that it can force the cars to move once charged. The drivers, actually, will need to undertake that task and do it within five minutes of the car hitting 100 percent. Once that five-minute window is over, a $0.40 per minute fee will start to accrue, retroactively inclusive of the first five, so that is already $2 right up.

Tesla's announcement states that no one would ever leave a car parked at a gas station right at the pump and that the same rule shall apply with Superchargers. To clear things up, the change is "purely about increasing customer happiness," and Tesla hopes to "never make any money from it."

Tesla has designed the Supercharger network to enable a seamless and enjoyable road trip experience, and they understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully-charged Tesla cars occupying all the spots. So, to create a better experience for all owners, they introduced a fleet-wide idle fee which targets an increase in Supercharger availability. This could be found in Tesla's announcement, according to the International Business Times.

Drivers who are charged the "idling fee" shall be notified through alerts and will be billed when they next visit a service center. There will be no upper limit to the said fee and it shall apply even if other Supercharger cubicles in the station are vacant, displaying Tesla's zero tolerance for lazy drivers.

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