Tesla will charge $0.40/minute “idle” fee for cars parked too long at Supercharger

In a blog post published on Thursday, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors said that it will be charging a global "idle" fee from vehicle owners who park their vehicles too long at a Supercharger. The company said that it would charge $0.40 per-minute from vehicle owners who keep their car parked at a Supercharger even after it has completed charging.

The move, Tesla said, is being undertaken by the company to ensure that its Supercharger network is not misused.

The Tesla Supercharger network -- stretching coast-to-coast in the US -- gives Tesla Model S owners the ability to re-charge their vehicles quickly, and completely free of cost. In about 20 minutes of charging at a Supercharger, a vehicle can get charged by up to 50 percent.

About instituting the $0.40 per-minute global "idle" fee across its Supercharger network to prevent vehicle drivers to remain parked at the Superchargers for too long, Tesla said that "[o]ne would never leave a car parked at a gas station right at the pump and the same rule applies with Superchargers."

Asserting that the company has designed the Supercharger network to unfold "a seamless, enjoyable road trip experience," Tesla said: "We understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully charged Teslas occupying all the spots."