Tesla has stopped including its mobile connector with new car purchases and will instead sell its Gen 2 (Level 1) bundle separately for a lower price of $200, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a statement. series of tweets† The mobile connector bundle comes with an adapter that allows drivers to charge their car from a standard 110v household outlet, while other adapters are available separately.
Based on the feedback received, we will lower the price of the mobile connector to $200 and make ordering by car easier.
Please note, mobile connector is not necessary if you have a Tesla wall connector or to use Superchargers.
Recommend installing the Tesla wall connector well before the car arrives.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2022
On Saturday night, Twitter user @Tesla_Adri found that Tesla updated its support page to reflect that the mobile connector bundle is no longer included with the car, as it was previously listed as an accessory that “comes with the vehicle.” However, it appears that there is an error on this page: the chart shows a Gen 2 mobile connector bundle, but shows the price for a $400 Gen 1 (level 2) bundle (which is also available separately). Other changes noticed by @Tesla_Adri and Drive in Tesla Canada provide further evidence that the Gen 2 charger is likely affected here.
Responding to a user’s response to the situation, Musk confirmed that the company will no longer add the Gen 2 mobile connector to new car purchases. “Usage stats were super low, so it seemed like a waste,” Musk explained, adding that Tesla will “add more plug adapters to the mobile connector kit in the future.” It is unclear which adapters Tesla will include in the kit.
Musk gave another update hours later, stating that “based on user feedback,” Tesla will lower the price of the mobile connector to $200. He also said Tesla will make it “easy” to order the mobile connector. when purchasing a car, and encouraged customers to have a wall charger installed “well before” their car arrives.
The Gen 2 mobile connector still costs $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 the same goes for the Gen 1 connector. That said, it’s unclear how long both accessories will be out of stock, or whether a supply chain shortage is contributing to Tesla’s decision. Tesla did not immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment (Tesla disbanded its public relations team in 2019 and usually does not respond to media inquiries).
Reaction to Musk’s decision has been mixed. While a mobile connector isn’t a necessity, as Tesla owners can charge their cars using a wall charger installed at their home or charging station, some drivers say it’s reassuring to have the mobile connector with you when traveling. The accessory can be useful at campsites or when traveling in an area without charging stations, as it allows drivers to plug their car into a standard electrical outlet. It charges much more slowly, however, with the Gen 2 charger offering about one to three miles of range after an hour of charging.
Some drivers also say the mobile connector servers as a much cheaper alternative to the expensive wall charger, while others say they rarely use it. Connectors with a 120v or 240v adapter come standard on other EVs such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Chevy Bolt and all BMW EVs. but if electric pull points out that 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, and Samsung and Google followed suit. While it’s easy to see parallels between this situation and Tesla’s, it’s far too early to say whether Tesla’s move will create a knock-on effect on other EV makers.
Update April 17 12:55 PM ET: Updated to clarify that the cellular connection affected here is likely to be the Gen 2 cellular connector bundle, and added more context on this. Also updated to add that the Kia EV6 doesn’t come with charging cables either.