Supercharging costs almost quadruple in Canada, Tesla is working on a solution, says Musk


Yesterday, a Tesla owner from Ontario, Canada tagged electric carmaker CEO Elon Musk in a post complaining about the rising cost of supercharging in the country.

Unlike any other billion-dollar company CEO in the world, Musk took note of that tweet and told the Tesla owner he would look into the matter. In just 3 hours later, Elon Musk responded with an update.

“Canada requires charging by the minute rather than by the kWh. We are working to change that,” Musk explained the reason for the high costs of overeating in Canada.

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Tesla owner Harsimran Bansal was charged CA$24.20 for a 21-minute boost session. He also said that this cost is comparable to filling up gas in an ICE car.

The cost breakdown in the invoice he received for this session from Tesla:

  • 5 mins @ CA$0.68 per min = CA$3.40
  • 16 mins @ CA$1.30 per min = CA$20.80

The Supercharge price per minute almost doubles if the session is extended beyond 5 minutes. Charging costs per kilowatt hour are fairer and more transparent.


The time-based cost structure can even be more expensive during peak EV charging times. Additionally, with weather and battery temperature variables in play, it may take less or more time to charge the same percentage of battery, resulting in varying costs for the same amount of power consumption.

Therefore, the per-minute or per-hour cost structure for electric vehicle charging is unfair and non-transparent.

However, there was recently an update on Tesla’s Engage platform regarding the progress of enabling the KWh charging model since many Tesla/EV owners contacted Measurement Canada, the responsible authority. control of the cost structure, to make the required changes.

To anyone who has ever contacted Measurement Canada in support of fair billing standards, your voice has been heard. Measurement Canada has now made this issue a priority and is working with EV industry stakeholders to ensure that EV billing is transparent and fair for all EV drivers.

Measurement Canada’s role is to protect consumers by ensuring they pay for what they get. However, the practice of time-based billing, which EV charging operators have had to adopt, does the exact opposite. It lacks transparency, it undermines consumer protection principles, and it’s unfair to EV drivers like you. The fairest and most transparent way to charge for EV charging is based on the amount of energy received, measured in dollars per kilowatt-hour ($/kWh).

Source: Tesla Engage website.

However, neither Tesla’s Elon Musk nor Measurement Canada has given a specific timeline as to when this issue will be fixed. But Canadians should hope there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Tesla Supercharger in Casselman, Ontario, Canada. Credit: Ian Pavelko aka Mad Hungarian/Twitter.

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