The Cost to Charge

02.18.17 - Tesla Model S Charging

For the past few years Tesla has had one important selling point over the other automakers on the market. They have offered their supercharging services to customers as part of the cost of ownership of their vehicles, which means free supercharging wherever they go. Tesla has built the first long rang all-electric lineup of vehicles on the market to give us an impressive way to drive and remain environmentally friendly. The announcement of changes to the free program came about last year and anyone who buys or orders their Tesla vehicle now or in the future will have to pay for the supercharging services being offered.

As Tesla moves forward to offer us vehicles that continue to run only on electricity and they produce their first mass produced model, the Model 3, they will begin to charge for the supercharging services. Similar to gasoline, the cost will vary from state to state, but currently it seems the cost will be much less than it would be to fill up a regular car on gasoline, especially if you compared vehicles that are in the same class as the Model S and Model X that are on the market now and the Model 3 that will be shortly.

For the Model S and Model X the typical cost for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles will cost approximately $15 to travel the 383 miles. When you consider these vehicles are part of the luxury lineup on the market today, that’s a cost which is easy to absorb. You won’t be able to find any other vehicle that can make this trip for the same low cost, especially when you consider the price of gasoline. The only vehicles that can come close would be plug-in hybrid models and even then the gasoline cost alone is more than this fee.

The cost of supercharging will vary across the country from $0.11 to $0.20 per kWh. Some locations are charging by the minute, but Tesla is working to change that to a simply kWh system which is understood across the country. There will be two different costs that could be part of the program. If a vehicle is charging at or below 60 kW they will be part of tier 2 which will cost half of the tier 1 charging which is above 60 kW making it an easy program to understand.

Right now the highest cost for charging can be found in California and Michigan while New York will charge $0.19 per kWh, Nevada will charge $0.18 and West Virginia will be one of the cheapest at $0.11 per kWh. If you thought you could drive across the country for a fairly low fee, you can with the Tesla supercharging costs. The travel from Los Angeles to New York is said to be an average of $120, making it an affordable road trip that you could take in a Tesla. Even though they are now charging a fee to charge up, the models from Tesla can still be some of the cheapest vehicles to drive when you consider the fuel costs involved.

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