Tesla is to fine customers who stay too long at its EV Superchargers.
The company has announced that once a car is fully charged, users should make room for somebody else – if they don’t do so within five minutes, they will be charged a rate of $0.40 (£0.32) a minute.
The move comes following complaints from owners that others are hogging the charging infrastructure by using the spots as free and convenient parking, likening it to leaving a car parked all day at a petrol pump.
A statement on the company website reads: “We understand that it can be frustrating to arrive at a station only to discover fully charged Tesla cars occupying all the spots.
“To create a better experience for all owners, we’re introducing a fleet-wide idle fee that aims to increase Supercharger availability.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has suggested that the fines may not be necessary at deserted charging points but will instead focus on creating a fairer system at those that are busy.
Tesla plans to double the number of its Superchargers on the road by the end of 2017.