Tesla to introduce “congestion fee” for Superchargers – higher fees if you charge to full at a busy charger

Tesla to introduce “congestion fee” for Superchargers – higher fees if you charge to full at a busy charger

Tesla is set to introduce the concept of “congestion fees” to its superchargers. With the new congestion fee, if you charge your Tesla beyond a certain battery percentage at a busy Supercharger location, you will have to pay more.

This is likely an effort to further deter a Tesla with a battery that’s almost full from hogging a supercharger that has a lot of people with lower battery percentages waiting to use it.

Electric car batteries have this thing called a “charging curve” where charging is faster when the battery is close to empty and exponentially becomes slower as the battery gets close to full.

So while not technically hogging, if there are a lot of people waiting to use the supercharger, it is considered a waste of resources if you continue to use a supercharger beyond a level of 80% as charging your battery from 80% to 100% will happen at a slower rate than charging from 20% to 80%.

Previously with idle fees, you are charged a fee if you remain connected to the supercharger after your battery is full, but there is no deterrent for the 80% to 100% mark.

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After dabbling for years in the IT industry, Paul Tan initially began this site as a general blog covering various topics of personal interest. With an increasing number of readers paying rapt attention to the motoring stories, one thing led to another and the rest, as they say, is history.



  • abcdefg on Nov 21, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    Another reason to stick to your gas car and not buy an electric car.

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    • Panasonic Giga factory labour on Nov 21, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      Tesla batteries prolong life if always practice per single charge of no more than 80%. Idiots only charging ev up to the max.

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    • Teresa Kok on Nov 22, 2023 at 9:01 am

      Small price to pay for saving humanity. Thank you Tesla and EV owners

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  • newme on Nov 21, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Now they admit all the ugly sides of EV. But nvm, lets go to the EV group to comfort each other.

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    • EL Arm Doolie Indera on Nov 21, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      IMHO my daughter likes to fill petrol full tank whenever the petrol gauge indicator needle drops to 3/4 level, she travels daily to campus less than 10km distance from home. Imagine her car carries full tank of petrol equals to 70kg going through heavy traffics daily inefficiently and bad for the environment. Should we upgrades get ride to EV soon?

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      • That’s the problem with the user. Who fills at 3 quarter level, every time?
        Anyway, with EV, the weight would be constantly heavy (mostly heavier than petrol car of the same class) regardless it’s full charged or otherwise.

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      • EV sucks on Nov 22, 2023 at 2:06 pm

        LMAO. With EV even if your battery is at 20% charge, it’ll always at 100% weight. Also they’re a shrinking container with reducing ability to hold a charge over time, even so it’s weight will always the same as brand new battery lol. It being the heaviest component in a vehicle really doesn’t help efficiency in any way.

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  • Mike Tee on Nov 21, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    Ok this is charged even if the booths are not at 100% capacity. This is BS. Sometimes you’ll need more than 80% to make it to the next SC.

    *AND* Hertz UK for example wants EVs to be returned >80%. Now I have to do range/consumption maths like non-Tesla EV owners?

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  • Ben Yap on Nov 21, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    tesla charges you whatever they can charge you to rip more money from you.

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  • EVscam on Nov 21, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Very soon there will be a lot of hidden cost rules that will emerge and frustrate the end user. Ah Loke needs to take swift action against those greedy vendors and put standard policies, terms and conditions in place to address these issues.

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    • Nonsense on Nov 22, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      This is so backward. Are we going from collecting points at petrol stations to all these nonsense? Petrol stations is so comfy with all kind of services and no additional fee, and then there’s this charging bricks acquiring parking spaces for only one thing, and penalties.

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  • EV Car Mafia on Nov 22, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    Low entry point and high opp maintenance cost. They might as well introduce an exclusive Tesla club membership program with a hefty price tag.

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