Quick Take: Tesla Charger Removal
Once again I’ve been failing on writing and a year has gone by with no further blog entries. Going to challenge myself to write more regularly but in the form of “quick takes”. Like twitter, but in a format that is actually conducive to conveying an idea that is longer than 2 sentences. First up, Tesla removing the mobile charger.
This is where the Apple argument comes in. The change Tesla is making is no different than Apple when they removed the charger from the iPhone 12. Though lets be clear, Elon said that this was being done because it wasn’t used often and Apple did so because of “the environment”. Either way the result is an expensive thing that you “can’t” use without a charger. In the Apple case, it’s true that most people have chargers by now and chargers are easy to get. If you go to a friends house they probably have a USB power adapter (though if they are an all Android home, they might not have a lightening cable for you). A Tesla is a little different…
But that brings up the biggest difference in the Apple vs Tesla argument. How do you plan on charging your Tesla? If you’ve got a home and a garage, you are probably going to install a high powered wall connector. After all, it’ll charge your new Tesla much faster than the mobile connector (in it’s default configuration) and what’s $500 for that HPWC after the $66k car? If you’re in an apartment you might be lucky enough to have power in the garage or near where you park you car, in which case the mobile connector is your answer. You may also be extremely lucky and your apartment has installed an EVSE - in which case you only will need an adapter.
The change sucks because something is being taken away for a seemingly pointless reason. And “nothing” is being given back. Realistically with the current rate of inflation that give back is probably one less price hike this year - but that’s not something consumer visible. So it’s “nothing” to the average person.