Tesla has done an Apple.
The electric vehicle manufacturer has stopped including charging equipment with the purchase of one of its vehicles.
It means you now have to buy a Tesla and the home charging equipment separately.
It’s akin to Apple’s move in 2020 when they stopped selling charging adaptors with iPhones. Samsung and Google have since done the same. And, well, it annoyed the hell out of everyone.
According to Tesla’s lead man, Elon Musk, mobile home chargers were “wasteful.”
Not only are they really slow at doing their job, but most Tesla owners either re-juice at Supercharging stations or install their own fast charger at home. Side note: it’s best you do the latter well before the delivery of your Tesla.
In any case, Tesla seemed to feel the basic mobile connector was useless. You can still buy one if you want (they cost $200 US), but they won’t be included in the sale of your Tesla.
In fact, Tesla isn’t the first EV maker to ditch giving out at-home chargers with new cars.
Kia’s EV6 doesn’t come with anything but the car. You’ll need to buy and install a separate Level 2 240-volt charger to charge the car at home.
Not everyone is a fan of Tesla’s move. Some say they don’t use the mobile charger but keep it in the car as a backup in the case of an emergency.
Most other EVs on the market have a 120-volt charger standard with purchase and aren’t overly keen to do away with them just yet.