New Tesla orders in Australia no longer include a home charging cable – used for charging from a three-pin home power socket – forcing buyers to pay extra for one.
Tesla has deleted the standard-fit Mobile Connector – a cable used for charging the car from a three-pin home power point – from newly-ordered cars, reverting it to a $550 option.
Spotted by Twitter user @dwhes, and subsequently confirmed by Drive, the charging cable – known as the Mobile Connector – was previously standard with every new Tesla purchase, but is now a $550 extra from Tesla’s online shop.
The change is only believed to affect new orders placed from Thursday or Friday – with existing orders placed before then to continue to receive the cable, which is packaged in a storage bag.
Despite removing the cable from the base purchase price, no changes have been made to prices for either of Tesla’s vehicles, the Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV – which were hit with price increases of up to $3900 three weeks ago.
Now priced from $550 (cut from about $850), the Mobile Connector allows Tesla vehicles to be plugged into a three-pin home power outlet – instead of an installed wall box (a Wall Connector), or a public fast charger – and is claimed to add about 10-15km of range per hour.
Australia is following the lead of the US, where the Mobile Connector was removed from new vehicles in April – with CEO Elon Musk citing low customer use, according to the company’s internal statistics.
“Usage statistics were super low, so [it] seemed wasteful,” Musk said on Twitter at the time.
“Based on feedback received, we will drop mobile connector price to $200 and make it easy to order with car. Note, mobile connector is not needed if you have a Tesla wall connector or to use Superchargers. [We] Recommend installing Tesla wall connector well before car arrives.”
The charging cable joins various other features removed from Tesla vehicles in recent months – including, around April this year, the 19-inch Sport wheels on the Model 3 Long Range, making them a $2200 option with no change to the vehicle’s base price.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.