Faced with the energy crisis, Tesla is again raising the prices of its superchargers. And unfortunately this is not about to stop…
At Tesla, it is not just the price of the Model 3 that is suffering from inflation. For a few days, the American brand has revised the prices of its compressors. Continuing to fluctuate according to the stations, these are now displayed at 0.46 €/kWh on average. This is 15% more than the last increase observed in December.
Considering an average consumption of 18-20 kWh/100 km on the motorway, the cost of charging on a supercharger varies between €8.30-9.2/100 km with this new rate. This remains correct compared to the prices of gasoline and diesel, which are also soaring, especially since the use of superchargers remains exceptional for a majority of users (taxis and VTC should appreciate much less).
Prices soon to be as expensive as Ionity for “non-Tesla” vehicles
Of course, the rates applied also apply to the 16 pilot stations open since the end of January to “non-Tesla” vehicles. While the manufacturer communicated on an average price of €0.57/kWh at the time of launch, the price now drops to €0.68/kWh on average. This increase of nearly 20% ultimately brings Tesla closer to its competitor Ionity, which charges €0.79/min at its French stations.
Note that France is not the only country affected by this price increase. Other European countries have seen similar increases in recent days.
|December 2021||March 2022|
|Price/kWh Tesla vehicles||€0.40||€0.46|
|Price/kWh non-Tesla vehicles without subscription||0.57 €||€0.68|
|Price/kWh non-Tesla vehicles with subscription (€12.99/month)||€0.40||€0.45|
Further increases to be expected
Will this new compressor price increase be the last? Nothing is less sure. In addition to Tesla’s goal of making its charging business a laudable business, the manufacturer will have to pass on changes in energy prices to its prices. And everything suggests that the soaring price of electricity is not about to stop. In France, the government has decided to apply a tariff shield. This made it possible to limit the average increase in regulated tariffs to 4% in February (compared to 10 to 15% without a shield). The measure remains provisional, however, and the latest finance law mentions the possibility of a catch-up from 2023.
New increases are therefore to be feared in the coming months at Tesla, but also on other networks which could choose to take the same path.