Beacon Transcript – Tesla has announced that it will be requesting an overtime fee from their vehicle owners that leave their cars at the Supercharger station. They are believed to be using it as a parking lot.
Recent social media complaints have attracted the attention towards an unexpected issue. As Tesla introduced the Supercharger station, it apparently also introduced parking lots.
Or so it may seem, according to the said complaints. Tesla drivers have been drawing attention to the problem. They complained that some users have started using the station for parking.
Such drivers are said to leave their car in the station even after it has been charged. On Friday, Tesla announced its solution.
On December 16, the company released a blog statement. According to it, the Supercharger understandably has a different purpose.
Such stations should ensure an enjoyable, seamless road experience. Tesla began building its Supercharger network back in 2012.
It means to offer a fast recharge of its all-electric vehicles. This would, in turn, ensure longer car trips. The Tesla Supercharger network offers 480-volt charging stations. This should account for a 30 minutes long charging time.
Such stations target the Model X and Model S cars. Currently, there are 769 such stations. As they used to be free for all registered users, they will now feature a tax.
This will target overcharged cars. More specifically, it will target drivers that leave their car in the station.
Drivers will be offered a 5-minutes break after their car has charged. After its expiration, users will be alerted to move their vehicle. The text message-based alert system has already been introduced.
It will notify users to leave the Supercharger station following the complete charge. Repeated alerts will be sent to users during the 5-minute free period.
If such notifications are ignored, the owner will start being taxed. The fee will be charged per minute. Its value will be of $0.40. It will continue to be charged until the car is unplugged.
The new fee was added so as to benefit all-electric vehicle owners. Tesla sees it as a way of ensuring appropriate charging practices. It hopes that this tax will determine users to stop parking their cars when “charging”.
Tesla driver were already the recipients of preset charging requirements. As such, the new alerts should come as an added notification.
Preset charging requirements were readily available on the Tesla mobile app.
According to the official blog statement, this fee should benefit drivers. Tesla stated that it does not seek advantages through it. The company stated that it is seeking to increase customer happiness.
It also declared that it hopes not to raise money from it. The fee should increase Supercharger availability.
Tesla’s new tax will be applied at a global scale. According to the company, it should come as an intermediary availability method. They hope that the cars will soon be able to move themselves when charged.
This would ensure the future efficiency of the system. Until then, though, the company is relying on the drivers.
As they hope to increase charging availability, some already have their doubts. Some have taken to arguing that Tesla’s tax is smaller than some parking fees. As such, its efficiency remains to be seen.
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