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How to Pay for Tesla Supercharger?

Annelise Sylta



One of the most common questions is how to pay for Tesla Supercharger at a Supercharger station. If you want to know how to pay for Tesla Supercharger, then keep reading.

How to Pay for Tesla Supercharger?

Every Tesla vehicle has a user account connected to it on the Tesla system. Your vehicle will be prepared for use on the Supercharger network if Tesla has your payment card information on file (if you have free Supercharger access or credits, this is technically not necessary).

The Tesla servers receive your vehicle ID when you plug your car into a Supercharger, which they use to confirm that you have a payment method on file. After that, the car will begin charging. Your account gets charged the associated fee after the charging session.

The following options are available for payment at a supercharger.

1. Credit Card Option

The following methods of payment are accepted:

  • American Express
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Diners Card

Your Tesla Account allows you to add, edit, and remove Supercharging payment methods. To successfully purchase Supercharging, you must, however, always have a primary payment method on file in your Tesla Account.

To include, modify, or eliminate a payment method:

  • To access your Tesla Account, log in.
  • Choose “Add Card.”
  • As necessary, add or remove your payment details.
  • Save your edits.
  • You may also choose “Manage Payment” from the “Charging” tab.

The only method to pay for your charging session at a Tesla Supercharger is to have a credit card saved in your online Tesla account (or have free Supercharger credits). Simply pull up, plug in, finish charging, and then continue your journey.

Tesla has now launched a new method in 2020 that enables you to pay using the in-car display.

2. Car-In Display Option

  • When you don’t have a payment method saved in your account, the new payment option is displayed. Instead, a new button labelled “Payment Method Requested” appears on your screen, where you can enter your credit card details before selecting the “PAY NOW” option.
  • The new credit card details are not saved to your Tesla account because this is a one-time payment.
  • This is a step towards Tesla’s future Robotaxi network, which Elon Musk believes might soon. It is less user-friendly than having a credit card registered in your Tesla account, which makes the Supercharging experience flawless.
  • Anyone who lists their vehicle on a car-sharing service like Turo also benefits.
  • You can let the person renting your car pay for their charging sessions with in-car payment options rather than charging it to your credit card.
  • Tesla has updated their website to add a new “Car Access” function, enabling Tesla owners to provide driving access to up to 5 people, all with a few mouse clicks. This is another convenience for customers who share their car.
  • Most Tesla owners have free Supercharging credits or credit cards linked to their accounts. Thus it’s unlikely that many have run across this issue.

Check this video for more details.

In this article, we discussed the options of payment for Tesla Superchargers. Both options work well for users globally; however, according to experts, the new car-in display option may have some flaws, but it can’t be neglected. It is a revolutionary step as the users now have two options to choose from rather than sticking to one.

Anne Lise is an MBA graduate with a passion for doing business research and fashion reviews. She has been with Busybodytribune for over 4 years now, and is the lead editor for the magazine.

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