Tesla updates Supercharger fees in California with more time-of-use tiers

Tesla has updated its Supercharger fees at select stations in California on Wednesday, at the same time also introducing more time-of-use tiers affecting off-peak hours.

According to an email sent to owners in California, the new charging rates and off-peak hours are effective starting today, September 28. The email doesn’t state what the exact changes are as they vary from station to station, but owners are reporting fee increases at their local Superchargers, while at some, fees have actually decreased under the new tiers.

Under the previous time-of-use tiers off-peak hours were overnight from 9:00pm until 11:00am the next morning. With the changes there are now as many as four different time-of-use tiers.

For example the Calabasas Supercharger now has peak hours during most of the day, from 8:00am until 8:00pm, during which time owners are billed at $0.65 per kWh. This is an increase from the previous rate of $0.58 per kWh.

The remaining hours are broken down into three other tiers, with the cheapest rates offered between 12:00am and 4:00am at $0.21/kwh. (h/t: @SawyerMerritt)

The story is similar at the Santa Barbara Supercharger, which now also has four tiers.

However, the most expensive rate during the peak hours of 8:00am to 9:00pm has dropped from $0.58 per kWh to $0.53 per kWh.

These changes come just a few months after Tesla updated their off-peak hours in California in April, and comes at a time when the state is seeing rising electricity rates.

Rising energy costs also forced Tesla to increase their Supercharger fees in Europe earlier this month by as much as 30% or more. Additionally, as we all know Tesla also increased Supercharger fees in Canada earlier this year.

Have you seen a change at your local Supercharger in California? Let us know in the comments below.

Here is a full copy of the email.

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