Recently, Elon Musk said Tesla won’t provide Mobile Connectors because usage is low. However, based on some statistics from the internet, it seems that this is not true, that owners use mobile chargers. The new stats are from Tesla Scope, which show they had 61% of sessions with a Mobile Connector, but only 32% used with a wall charger.
There was only anecdotal evidence. Although we wouldn’t have been shocked if the Tesla Mobile Connector only made up a minority of Tesla owners’ charging sessions. It was suspected that the charging solution was still used occasionally by most owners and that those occasions were critical enough to warrant including it in new car sales. Now, there is genuine third-party data that shows that not only is the Tesla Mobile Connector widely used, but it might even be the number one charging solution. Teslascope, a service that collects data about Tesla vehicles to provide owners with services the automaker does not provide directly, has access to data from thousands of Tesla vehicles around the world.
We’re a little puzzled by Elon’s statement about removing the Mobile Connector cable with new vehicles.
While our own data isn’t nearly as detailed as Tesla’s, it does show a different story. 📊
61% of sessions took place with the mobile connector.
32% used the wall charger. pic.twitter.com/PoN91RYzsz
—Teslascope (@teslascope) April 16, 2022
Following Musk’s claim, the company shared data from sources of charging sessions across its customer fleet and revealed that 61% came from the Tesla Mobile Connector.
As noted, the service doesn’t have as much data as Tesla, but that’s still based on hundreds of thousands of charging sessions and therefore pretty compelling data. It would seem that Musk is exaggerating the “super low” usage of the mobile charging solution. However, the CEO did not go into the details of his claim. It’s likely that the usage rate has certainly gone down since Tesla stopped supplying a NEMA 14-50 adapter with the Mobile Connector, although there is still a significant charging solution and the adapter can be purchased separately for improve its functionality.
Tesla appears to be sticking to its decision and will not ship the Mobile Connector with new vehicles ordered after April 17. In response to the backlash, Musk said Tesla would drop the price of the Mobile Connector from $275 to $200. As we noted earlier, Tesla lists the charger as “out of stock.”
Tesla previously included a charging cable with both a NEMA 14-50 connector (Level 2) and a connector for a standard outlet (Level 1). The automaker then decided to drop the NEMA 14-50 connector from the included kit and only included the NEMA 5-15 adapter, which is for a standard outlet. You can purchase the Level 2 connector separately. With a maximum power output of 1.3kW, the included connector enabled charging speeds of between two and three miles of range per hour. It’s not much, but it’s still better than nothing and suitable for overnight charging. For better, Tesla owners should install a Level 2 charging station at home.