Tesla owners are already struggling with overcrowded Supercharger stations, and the company is taking extra steps to minimize those long lines during the Christmas season. According to Electrek, Tesla has made Supercharging free at some stations during off-peak hours (7:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. local time) between Dec. 23 and Dec. 26. The stations are usually located near major routes and urban centers, and are limited to 11 states, including California, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.
The electric car maker has previously attempted to discount Supercharger rates during off-peak hours, but there are still significant wait times at some stations. However, free charging during these hours is relatively new and could tempt owners to leave early (or late) to save on charging costs.
The promo highlights a growing problem for Tesla: its Supercharger network is scrambling to handle an ever-growing customer base. Tesla has acknowledged the problem and promised to triple the size of the network within two years, but even that may have limitations as the company tests support for non-Tesla EVs. Don’t be surprised if there are occasional free off-peak charging to help Tesla manage growth.
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