Tesla introduces idle fee to improve supercharger availability
Tesla is introducing a fleet-wide idle fee at its Supercharger network to increase Supercharger availability.
Responding to the issue of drivers leaving their vehicles at Superchargers once fully charged, the company says that for every additional minute a car remains connected to the Supercharger, it will incur a $0.40 idle fee. If the car is moved within five minutes, the fee is waived.
In its blog post, Tesla said: “To be clear, this change is purely about increasing customer happiness and we hope to never make any money from it.”
It added: “We envision a future where cars move themselves once fully charged, enhancing network efficiency and the customer experience even further. Until then, we ask that vehicles be moved from the Supercharger once fully charged. A customer would never leave a car parked by the pump at a gas station and the same thinking applies with Superchargers.”