Tesla will no longer include mobile phone connectors with every car

Tesla has stopped including its portable connector with new car purchases and will instead sell the Gen 2 (tier 1) package separately for $200 less, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed at Tweet thread. The Portable Connector Bundle comes with an adapter that allows drivers to charge their vehicles from a standard 110-volt household outlet, with other adapters available for purchase separately.

Saturday evening, Twitter user Tweet embed It found that Tesla had updated its support page to indicate that the portable connector bundle no longer came with the car, as it was previously listed as a “comes with car” accessory. It looks like there might be an error on this page, since the diagram depicts the Gen 2 portable connector bundle but shows the price of the $400 Gen 1 Gen 1 (Level 2) bundle (which is also available to purchase separately). Other changes you’ve spotted Tweet embed And tesla engine canada Provide additional evidence that the Gen 2 charger is likely to be damaged here.

In response to the user’s reaction to the situation, Musk confirmed that the company will no longer include a 2G mobile phone connector with new car purchases. “Usage stats were pretty low, so it seemed like a waste,” Musk explained, adding that Tesla would “include more plug adapters with its portable connector set” in the future. It’s unclear which adapters Tesla will start to include with the kit.

Musk provided another update hours later, noting that “based on user feedback,” Tesla will drop the price of the mobile phone connector to $200. He also said Tesla would “make it easier” to order a mobile phone connector when buying a car, and encouraged customers to install a wall charger “well before” their car arrived.

The Gen 2 portable connector is still listed for $275 on Tesla’s website, and you can’t buy one even if you wanted to; The mobile connector is not currently available, and the same is true of the Gen 1 connector. However, it’s unclear how long any of the accessories ran out or whether a supply chain shortage was contributing to Tesla’s decision. Tesla did not respond immediately the edgeComment request. (Tesla disbanded its PR team in 2019 and doesn’t usually respond to media inquiries.)

Reactions to Musk’s decision were mixed. Although a portable connector isn’t necessary, Tesla owners can charge their car from a wall charger installed in their home or at a charging station, Some drivers Say it’s convenient to have a mobile phone connector with them while traveling. The accessory can come in handy at campers or when traveling in an area without charging stations, as it allows drivers to plug their vehicle into a standard outlet. It charges at a much slower rate, although the Gen 2 charger provides about one to three miles of range after an hour of charging.

Some drivers We also say portable connector servers as a much cheaper alternative to the expensive wall charger, While others They say they rarely use it at all. Connectors with a 120-volt or 240-volt adapter come standard with other electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Mustang Mach E, Chevy Bolt, and all BMW EVs. But as Electric Indicates that the Kia EV6 also does not come with a Level 1 or 2 charging cable.

In 2020, Apple famously stopped including chargers with new iPhones, and Samsung and Google followed suit. While it’s easy to see parallels between this situation and that of Tesla, it’s too early to tell if Tesla’s movement will create a domino effect among other EV makers.

Update April 17 12:55 PM ET: Updated to clarify that the mobile connection affected here is likely to be the Gen 2 mobile connector package and add more context surrounding this. Also updated to add that the Kia EV6 does not come with charging cables.

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