Musk said Tesla believes owner usage is too low to justify providing the cable with every new car delivery.
“Usage stats were very low, so it felt like a waste. On the (minor) positive side, we’ll be including more plug adapters with the Mobile Connector Kit,” Musk wrote on Twitter.
According to automotive technology website Electrek, Tesla has changed its longstanding policy of providing every vehicle with a mobile charging cable and instead started selling them separately for $400 for Level 2 charging and $275 for level 1.
The move recalls Apple’s decision to stop providing universal serial bus (USB) charging bricks with new iPhones a few years ago and the company also cited waste at the time, according to the report.
However, the similarities ended there. Apple could count on most customers already having multiple USB/Lightning bricks, but that’s much less likely to be the case for Tesla buyers, especially those new to electric vehicles, he said. he adds.
Discover the stories that interest you