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Automotive company Tesla has increased the cost of its Superchargers across stations, with rates doubling varying on the state, reported fossil fuel and electric transportation tracker, Electrek.
One of the key contrasts of Tesla among its rival electric vehicle makers is its charger network. However, this differentiator may also leave Tesla behind at the mercy of other energy prices. Electrek said that the price went up from 20 cents per kWh to 25 cents in California. In Oregon, the price doubled and in New York, the charging rate went up five cents per kWh.
On its Supercharger site, the company announced that they are “committed to ensuring that Supercharger will never be a profit center.” They also want to make it more city-friendly. Some states also saw the massive increase of up to 100 percent, said Electrek.
Tesla’s spokesperson said, “We occasionally adjust rates to reflect current local electricity and usage.” He also mentioned about the important principle of keeping Supercharging cheaper compared to gasoline and that they only want to recover their costs when setting up the system for everybody. The spokesperson also clarified that Tesla will “never” see it as a profit center.
Electrek also pointed out that with a steep increase in price, it still remains less expensive compared to gasoline.