Elon Musk claims Tesla owners have ‘super low usage’ of included mobile charger, but stats show otherwise

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Tesla precocious announced that it won’t beryllium including its mobile charging connector with each caller car, which it had been doing for years. Elon Musk claimed that the crushed down the arguable determination was that Tesla was seeing ‘super debased usage’ from owners based connected interior statistics.

However, convincing third-party information shows the nonstop opposite.

When reporting connected the disappointing move this weekend, we questioned Musk’s assertion that the crushed was owed to “usage statistics” being “super low.”

We lone had anecdotal evidence, and portion we wouldn’t person been shocked if the Tesla Mobile Connector accounted for lone a number of charging sessions by Tesla owners, we suspected that the charging solution was inactive utilized occasionally by astir owners and that these occasions were captious capable to warrant including it with caller car sales.

Now we get existent third-party information that amusement that not lone is the Tesla Mobile Connector wide used, but it mightiness adjacent beryllium the fig 1 charging solution.

Teslascope, a work that collects information connected Tesla vehicles to supply owners with services that the automaker doesn’t supply directly, has entree to information connected thousands of Tesla vehicles astir the world.

Following Musk’s claim, the institution shared the information of the sources of charging sessions successful its lawsuit fleet and revealed that 61% came from the Tesla Mobile Connector:

We're a spot perplexed by Elon's connection regarding the removal of the Mobile Connector cablegram with caller vehicles.

While our ain information is, by far, not arsenic elaborate arsenic Tesla's, it shows a antithetic story. 📊

61% of sessions were with the mobile connector.
32% utilized the partition charger. pic.twitter.com/PoN91RYzsz

— Teslascope (@teslascope) April 16, 2022

As noted, the work doesn’t person arsenic overmuch information arsenic Tesla, but this is inactive based connected hundreds of thousands of charging sessions and truthful reasonably convincing data.

It would look that Musk is exaggerating the “super low” usage of the mobile charging solution.

However, the CEO didn’t spell into the details astir his claim. It’s apt that the usage complaint has surely gone down since Tesla stopped providing a NEMA 14-50 adapter with the mobile connector, adjacent though it remains an important charging solution and the adapter tin beryllium purchased separately to amended its functionality.

Tesla appears to beryllium sticking to its determination and volition not present the mobile connector with caller vehicles ordered aft April 17.

In effect to the backlash, Musk said that Tesla would bring the terms of the mobile connector down from $275 to $200.

As we noted successful our archetypal reporting astir the situation, Tesla is listing the charger arsenic “out of stock.”

Electrek’s Take

I americium a spot amazed by the data, but it does marque sense. When Tesla was delivering the mobile connector with the 14-50 adapter, it was fundamentally each you needed for a location charging solution, which mostly accounts for implicit 80% of astir EV owners’ charging needs.

All you needed is simply a 14-50 outlet successful your store oregon driveway and you had a much than decent location charging solution.

Many owners would determine to person a Tesla Wall Connector installed astatine home, but galore of those owners would past support the mobile connector successful their conveyance for an “on the road” charging solution.

To me, it sounds much similar different cost-cutting solution that Musk is trying to warrant with immoderate questionable data, which helium could conscionable amusement to beryllium america each wrong, but someway I uncertainty that’s going to happen.

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