For the second time in less than one month Tesla has raised Supercharger rates in Germany. However, the increased rates are only at certain times of the day as the automaker has also introduced three time-of-use tiers in Germany.
In mid-September Tesla increased Supercharger fees in Germany to as much as €0.55 or €0.57 ($0.73-$0.76 CAD) per kWh, about a 30% jump over the previous fees. Tesla cited the increasing energy costs across Europe as the reason for the increase.
Now that cost has risen even further to as much as €0.74 ($0.99 CAD) per kWh during the peak hours of 6:00am to 10:00pm, or essentially the whole time that most people are awake and using their Teslas.
During off-peak hours, which are listed as being between 10:00pm and 12:00am and 12:00am to 6:00am, it now costs what it was before the introduction of the tiers.
The time-of-use tiers does not appear to impact all Supercharger in Germany however, as some owners are reporting their local stations are still a single rate during the entire day.
Tesla hasn’t yet introduced time-of-use tiers in Canada, but it has increased fees. Earlier this year the company moved to a four-tier pricing structure based on the charging speed, with the highest fees billed at the highest speeds.
The change brought a huge increase to overall charging costs, causing many owners to complain to Tesla over social media and through other channels. Tesla apparently heard that feedback and lowered the fees a few months later, but only slightly.
Before the end of the year Tesla should be able to begin billing customers per kWh, instead of by the amount of time plugged in.
If you have noticed new time-of-use tiers and increased Supercharger fees in your country, let us know in the comments below.