Tesla has changed its longstanding policy to ship every vehicle with a mobile charging cable and instead is starting to sell them separately for $400 for Level 2 charging and $275 for Level 1.
The move is reminiscent of Apple removing the USB charging brick included with the iPhone.
With charging being a top concern for EV buyers, it only made sense for Tesla to include a mobile charging cable with every vehicle sold.
The included charging kit has evolved over the years.
Tesla previously included a charging cable with both a NEMA 14-50 connector (Level 2) and a connector for a standard outlet (Level 1).
The automaker then decided to drop the NEMA 14-50 connector from the included kit and only included the NEMA 5-15 adapter, which is for a regular power outlet. You can purchase the Level 2 connector separately.
With a maximum power output of 1.3 kW, the included connector enabled charging speeds of between 2 and 3 miles of range per hour. It’s not much, but it’s still better than nothing and good for an overnight charge.
For better, Tesla owners should install a level 2 charging station at home.
Today, Tesla has gone a step further and decided not to include a charging cable with its new vehicles.
CEO Elon Musk said that Tesla believes owner usage is too low to justify providing the cable with every new car delivery:
“Usage stats were very low, so seemed unnecessary. On the (minor) positive side, we will be including more plug adapters with the Mobile Connector Kit.
The move is reminiscent of Apple’s decision to stop providing USB charging bricks with new iPhones a few years ago and the company also cited waste at the time.
However, the similarities ended there. Apple could count on most customers already having multiple USB/Lightning bricks, but that’s much less likely to be the case for Tesla buyers, especially those new to electric vehicles.
Also, even though most users don’t use mobile cables often, it can be extremely useful to stay in the car in the worst case or at the beginning of the ownership experience before you can install a charging station. home.
The concern is compounded by the fact that Tesla’s two Mobile Connectors are listed as “out of stock” on its website:
So, for people taking delivery of new Tesla vehicles without a connector included, they’re going to have to find an alternative elsewhere.
I am not a fan of this movement. I know everyone has a different situation, but I know a lot of owners who primarily use their included mobile charger – obviously more so when Tesla included NEMA 14-50.
Personally, I’ve probably done over 80% of my charging on my Tesla Model 3 with the included charger.
I think it just makes sense to sell an electric car with a charger, even if it’s not your primary charging product.
For what it’s worth, Tesla isn’t the first company to do this. We learned earlier this year that Kia’s EV6 won’t come with a charging cable and at the time we said:
The EV6 does not come with a level 1 or 2 charging cable, for better or worse. Talking to the team, I think the thinking is, why add a $1,000 part and the complexity that comes with it when people might already have a charging station at home, not have a garage and/or could probably pick one designed for them for a cheaper price from an online retailer. For someone like me who already has five different EV chargers at home, that makes sense, but as a first-time EV buyer, it adds significant complexity to getting an EV. Throwing in a $200 charging cable would make a lot of sense
I know a lot of owners just like to carry the Mobile Connector around in the car at all times so they can get a trickle charge somewhere if needed.
What do you think? Is Tesla greedy here or is it a good move? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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