Tesla will no longer include Mobile Connectors with every car
Tesla has stopped including its Mobile Connector with new car purchases and will instead sell the accessory separately for a cheaper price of $200, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a series of tweets. the movable connector comes with an adapter that allows drivers to charge their car from a standard household outlet, with other adapters available to purchase separately.
Based on the feedback received, we will lower the Mobile Connector price to $200 and make it easier to order with the car.
Note that the Mobile Connector is not needed if you have a Tesla Wall Connector or to use Superchargers.
Recommend to install the Tesla Wall Connector well before the car arrives.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 17, 2022
Saturday night, the Twitter user @Tesla_Adri found Tesla updated his support page note that the Mobile Connector costs $400. Tesla previously listed the Mobile Connector as a “provided with vehicle” accessory.
In response to a user’s reaction to the situation, Musk confirmed that the company will no longer include connectors with purchases. “The usage stats were very low, so seemed unnecessary,” Musk explained, adding that Tesla will “include more plug adapters with the Mobile Connector Kit” in the future. It’s unclear which ones Tesla will start including with the kit.
Musk provided another update a few hours later, saying that, “based on user feedback,” Tesla will lower the price of the Mobile Connector to $200. He also said Tesla will “make it easier” to order the Mobile Connector when buying a car and encouraged customers to have a wall charger installed “long before” their car arrives.
The Mobile Connector is still listed as $400 on Tesla’s site, and you couldn’t buy one even if you wanted to — the Mobile Connector is currently out of stock. That said, it’s unclear how long it’s been out of stock or if a supply chain shortage is contributing to Tesla’s decision. Tesla did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comment from Tesla (Tesla disbanded its PR 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, Tesla owners can charge their car from a wall charger installed in their home or at a charging station, some Drivers say it’s comforting to have the Mobile Connector with them on the go. The accessory can be useful at campsites or when traveling to an area without charging stations, as it allows drivers to plug their car into a standard 120V outlet.
Some Drivers also say mobile connector servers as a much cheaper alternative to expensive wall charger, while others say they rarely use it at all. 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.
In 2020, Apple stopped including chargers with its new iPhones, with Samsung and Google following suit. While it’s easy to see parallels between this situation and Tesla’s, it’s far too early to tell whether Tesla’s decision will create a domino effect among other EV makers.