Tesla removes home charging connector from new car sales

Long ago with the purchase, Tesla announced that the 110-volt Home Tier 1 charging connector is now an optional item. Joe Riddell / Getty Images

Get ready to spend an extra $400 on your next Tesla purchase. Tesla no longer offers a home charger connector with any new Tesla Model 3, Y, S, or X. Even car buyers who are already waiting for delivery will get a Tesla without a basic Level 1 charging unit.

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Confirm the change Quoting “Usage stats were pretty low, so it seemed wasted.” So every Tesla EV, which starts at just under $47,000 for the Base Model 3, will scrap the included connector, which is $275. The removal was effective immediately for all cars delivered after Sunday.

Musk later announced about Lower prices For 110v home chargers $275 to $200 after a sudden break in the plug. “Based on the feedback received, we will lower the price of the mobile phone connector to $200 and make it easier to order with the car,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

Charging your Tesla at home

Like Apple discontinued the iPhone power adapter and wired headphones with every order, Tesla is now ordering an additional purchase from the online Tesla Store for anyone who wants to charge at home.

But the two Tesla charging options are sold out as of Monday evening. The slower “Gen 2 Mobile Connector Bundle” ($275) and faster “Wired Mobile Connector” with a NEMA 14-50 plug ($400) are listed as “not available” on Tesla’s website.

This leaves few options for home shipping. Tesla’s fastest Tier 2 charger, a $495 wall connector that requires professional installation, is still available. There are also non-Tesla chargers like those from ChargePoint and others, in order Forbes wheels With us Guide to “The Best Home Electric Chargers 2022”.

When you’re on the road, Tesla owners can get power at the Supercharger and destination chargers are part of Tesla’s network and other public charging stations.

An optional Tesla Level 2 charger is still available but requires an electrician to install. Telsa

Why make charging more difficult?

With this decision, Tesla is one of the few electric car companies that no longer includes a home charging plug that can fit into any home wall socket. The Kia EV6 also comes with a missing household charging plug.

“This could be a huge problem for first-time electric vehicle buyers, who may be waiting to install a Level 2 charging station in their garage but would still like to drive an electric car home today and have it plugged in until then,” AutoPacific industry analyst Robbie DeGraf said. Forbes wheels. “I really hope other old-fashioned automakers won’t jump on board with this approach. If we are to mass welcome consumers into electric vehicles, we need to make the process as simple as possible.”

Several Tesla owners on Twitter have expressed their frustration with the charging change. Some have claimed that the removal is hurting the adoption of electric vehicles and increasing range concern and dependence on grid charging stations. Others have suggested an opt-out option (and a discount) for those who don’t need or want to include a slow home charger.

DeGraff said Tesla’s decision is an odd move, especially since “Level 1 charging wires aren’t at all very expensive for automakers to add to the car, even for a Tesla that we know isn’t short on cash at the moment.”

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