Understanding Tesla's Supercharger Rates & Alternatives in Canada (No Extra Install Needed)
Tesla's Supercharger rates in Canada have recently changed due to regulatory requirements, and the cost of charging at a Supercharger is now estimated to be 6 times the price of recharging at home. This makes it comparable to the fuel cost of a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle.
Unfortunately, Tesla has been able to charge by kWh in many U.S. states for some time, but the supercharging prices are still close to gasoline prices in those states. To solve this issue, one suggestion is that people need to have a home every couple hundred miles along their travel routes.
At present, it’s easier for Tesla to price up its services so that customers can charge at home whenever possible than it is to add more Supercharger stalls. This could be an issue for owners who would need to spend thousands on upgrading their home service or condo/apartment owners who don’t even have a charging option available at home. Investing $1-2 thousand to support a $40K+ car may seem trivial, but there are plenty of people who aren’t looking at such a high-priced vehicle and getting hit with an install that can run north of $4k may not be an option.
It's worth noting that investing in additional accessories for your car isn't necessary either - all weather mats, PPF, ceramic coating, tinting, winter wheels and tires are all optional extras that you can choose whether or not to purchase. Some people view cars as just cars and don't care too much about their cosmetic appearance after a few years; spending money on a $5 automated wash every few months might be enough for them.
Finally, it's important to remember that you don't always have to install a charger to support a car - some people have had four wall connectors fail while others are still on their original gen2 WC from 4 years ago.
How much does it cost to recharge at Supercharge in London, Ontario?
It costs 6 times the price of recharging at home at the off-peak rate, which is 50 cents CDN versus 8 cents CDN per kWh.
Is Tesla able to charge by kWh in many U.S. states?
Yes, Tesla is already able to charge by kWh in many U.S. states, and the supercharging prices are still close to gasoline prices in those states.
Is it easier for Tesla to price up to get people to charge at home than it is to add the number of SC stalls needed?
Yes, it is easier for Tesla to price it up to get people to charge at home whenever possible than it is to add the number of SC stalls needed.
Is it necessary for owners to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade their home service?
Not necessarily, but some owners may need to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade their home service and/or condo/apartment owners that don’t even have a charging option at home.
Is it worth investing money on PPF, ceramic, tint, winter wheels and tires?
It depends on personal preference. Some people may think it's worth investing money on PPF, ceramic, tint, winter wheels and tires while others may not care too much about their cosmetic appearance after a few years.
Are there people who can't afford an install that can run north of $4k?
Yes, there are people who can't afford an install that can run north of $4k so they stick with the higher cost of SC charging.
How many wall connectors have you had?
I'm now on my 4th wall connector.
Have you ever had any wall connectors fail?
Yes, I have had 3 wall connectors fail.