Earlier this month, Tesla pulled an Apple and decided to remove the included basic Mobile Connector from new electric vehicle (EV) purchases. Tesla’s Gen 2 Mobile Connector lets customers charge their cars, albeit slowly, directly from a regular power outlet.
The move drew significant pushback from customers, and Tesla responded by slashing the price of its Mobile Connector (with both a NEMA 14-50 and NEMA 5-15 adapter) to $255 CAD ($200 USD) and the higher-powered, installation-requiring Wall Connector to $510 CAD ($400 USD).
Now, the automaker has updated its website and online vehicle configurator to let customers add their preferred charger to their order at online checkout — reports Tesla North.
If you scroll past the ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ section in the vehicle configurator, you will now see a new ‘Charging’ section where you can select either the Mobile Connector or the Wall Connector (estimated delivery date of August to October 2022).
Tesla says the Wall Connector is its “recommended home charging solution”, while the Mobile Connector is “useful when away from home on extended trips.” The EV pioneer also notes that installation is required for the Wall Connector, but not included in the price.
According to Tesla’s website, orders placed as of April 28, 2022, will still include a Mobile Connector (previously this was set for April 17).
Given the fall 2022 delivery dates for the charging connectors, it is a pretty safe bet that Tesla’s decision to pull its Mobile Connector from new orders was a product of supply chain constraints.