Stop hogging superchargers!
Tesla will punish drivers for misusing their Supercharger stations.
The company’s blog explains that a driver will pay a penalty of $0.40 per additional minute if the car stays connected to the Supercharger after completion of the charge. If removed within 5 minutes, no charge will be incurred.
“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 5 minutes, the fee is waived.”
Tesla argues that since Drivers get smartphone alerts to keep track of their battery charge, it is illogical to keep the gas and Supercharge stations busy. The Superchargers normally take 30 minutes to charge the Tesla.
Although, the company claims that this step is meant to enable the Supercharger network more efficient, it seems irritable for drivers.
“We designed the Supercharger network to enable a seamless, enjoyable road trip experience. Therefore, we understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully charged Tesla cars occupying all the spots. “
The company has reportedly announced that it has a global network of more than 4,600 Superchargers that serves the customers; however, the free-for-all service would come to an end from January 1, 2016.
“To create a better experience for all owners, we’re introducing a fleet-wide idle fee that aims to increase Supercharger availability.”
It is said that the company has issued this order keeping in view the release of the Tesla Model 3, which seems to be a market-favourite car.