Tesla charges superchargers. And those who occupy them for too long are fined

Tesla charges superchargers. And those who occupy them for too long are fined

The carmaker renews its charging rates and imposes an occupancy tax that applies to fully charged and parked cars at a stall

A photo of the Tesla Supercharger, the home's proprietary charging infrastructure American. Superchargers are Tesla's proprietary infrastructure to "fill up" the electric cars of the American company. This is a real added value for Tesla buyers because, in addition to guaranteeing exclusive and fast access to the columns (the infrastructure has recently been updated to deliver up to 250 kW), on some models belonging to some special series the recharges are free for life.

We are obviously talking about a limited batch of cars, however, in recent months, all Tesla car owners have been able to benefit from free recharges in Italian Superchargers. So why were everyone being offered free refills? The reason is bureaucratic because the Palo Alto company could not bill electricity in Italy until a few days ago. But from 13 October, the "party" is over and therefore access to Superchargers will be subject to a fee.

In Italy the rate will be € 0.31 per kWh, this means that to fill up the accumulator with a Model 3 with a 75 kWh battery will cost 23.25 euros. But that's not all, because Tesla in the same communication announces that it will introduce an extra tariff for all those who will stay beyond the time necessary for recharging.

It is called the "occupancy tariff" and, specifically, it will go to apply to cars already fully charged and stopped at a Supercharger station if at least half of the stations are occupied.

The occupancy rate is activated after 5 minutes from the end of the recharging session (no charges will occur within 5 minutes) and includes the following costs: 0.40 euro per minute if 50% of the stalls are occupied and 0.80 euros per minute if all the stalls were occupied.

This is an absolutely acceptable move that aims to improve service delivery by optimizing refueling times. It also avoids the frustration of arriving at a petrol station and finding fully charged cars filling all the stations.

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