Tesla has stopped including its Mobile Connector with new car purchases and will instead sell its Gen 2 (Tier 1) package separately for a lower price of $200, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a statement. release. series of tweets. The mobile connector The package comes with an adapter that allows drivers to charge their cars from a standard 110V household outlet, with other adapters available to purchase separately.
Based on feedback, we’re lowering the price of the Mobile Connector to $200 and making it easier to order by car.
Please note that the Mobile Connector is not required if you have a Tesla Wall Connector or to use Superchargers.
It is recommended to install the Tesla Wall Connector well before the car arrives.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2022
On Saturday night, Twitter user @Tesla_Adri discovered that Tesla upgraded your support page to indicate that the mobile connector pack no longer comes with the car, as it was previously listed as an accessory that “comes with the vehicle”. However, it appears that there may be an error on this page, as the graphic shows a Gen 2 Mobile Connector package but shows the price of a $400 Gen 1 Package (Tier 2) (which is also available for purchase separately). Other changes detected by @Tesla_Adri Y Drive Tesla Canada provide more evidence that the Gen 2 charger is probably the one affected here.
In response to a user’s reaction to the situation, Musk confirmed that the company will no longer include the Gen 2 Mobile Connector with new car purchases. “Usage stats were very low, so it seemed like a waste,” Musk explained, adding that Tesla will “include more plug adapters with the Mobile Connector Kit” in the future. It’s unclear which adapters Tesla will start including with the kit.
Musk provided another update hours later, stating that “based on user feedback,” Tesla will drop the price of the Mobile Connector to $200. He also said Tesla will “make it easy” to order the mobile connector when buying a car, and encouraged customers to install a wall charger “well before” their car arrives.
The Gen 2 Mobile Connector is still listed as $275 on Tesla’s site, and you couldn’t buy one even if you wanted to; the mobile connector is currently out of stock, and so is the Gen 1 connector. That said, it’s unclear how long the accessory has been out of stock or if supply chain shortages are contributing to Tesla’s decision. Tesla did not immediately respond to the edgecomment request. (Tesla disbanded its public relations team in 2019 and does not generally respond to media inquiries.)
Reactions to Musk’s decision have been mixed. Although a mobile connector is not a necessity, as Tesla owners can charge their car from a wall charger installed in their home or at a charging station. Some drivers they say it’s comforting to have the mobile connector with them on the go. The accessory can be useful when camping or traveling in an area without charging stations, as it allows drivers to plug their car into a standard outlet. It charges at a much slower rate, however, as the Gen 2 charger provides between one and three miles of range after an hour of charging.
Some drivers I also say that mobile connector servers are a much cheaper alternative to the expensive wall charger, while others They say they rarely use it. Connectors with a 120v or 240v adapter come standard with other electric vehicles, such as the nissan leaf, Ford Mustang Mach-E, chevy boltand all BMW electric vehicles. But how elektrek points out, the Kia EV6 also doesn’t come with a Level 1 or 2 charging cable.
In 2020, Apple stopped including chargers with its new iPhones, with Samsung Y Google following his example. While it’s easy to see parallels between this situation and Tesla’s, it’s too early to tell if Tesla’s move will create a ripple effect among other electric vehicle manufacturers.
Update April 17 at 12:55 pm ET: Updated to clarify that the mobile connection affected here is likely the Gen 2 Mobile Connector package and added more context around this. It has also been updated to add that the Kia EV6 does not come with charging cables.