Tesla is tired of drivers hogging their Supercharger stations. You’ve already required a Tesla, don’t be greedy.
Tesla Company announced in a blog post on Friday that experts who use Telsla’s power stations will face prices if they don’t move on fast enough. Drivers who fail to remove their car within five minutes of completing charge will pay a penalty of $0.40 per minute.
“A audience would never leave a car parked by the pump at a gas station and the same thinking applies with Superchargers,” Tesla said. “We understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully charged Tesla vehicles occupying all the spots.”
Drivers get smartphone notifications when their car is nearing full, so it shouldn’t be too faithfully to maintain track. Superchargers can typically top up a Telsa in 30 minutes.
On Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk chimed in, placing that drivers will only pay if the Supercharger bays are busy.
@TeslaMotors We are going to alter this so that people only pay a fee if most bays are occupied. If the site is essentially deserted, no problem to park.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016
Seems like this is essentially about producing drivers get snappier. As the organization says, “we want to never make any cash on from it.”
Tesla said in November that it has more than 4,600 Superchargers globally, but that free power free-for-all is coming to an end. The organization a few days ago announced that from 2017, using the stations will cost “a small fee” for Teslas purchased after Jan. 1, 2017.
The alter comes just in time for the release of the Tesla Plaything 3, which statements to be a more mass-market car. Seems like Tesla is still figuring out the economics of how to build an electric car market.