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    Tesla Stops Installing Mobile Chargers In Its Vehicles

    May 02,2022 | Chloe Lacour

    Tesla's recent move was met with opposition for discontinuing mobile chargers as standard equipment, but Tesla is not the automaker to do so today.

    In late April, Tesla removed the mobile charger, a cable with a NEMA 14-50 plug that allowed cars to be charged directly from those outlets. CEO Elon Musk explained the decision on Twitter, saying that the automaker's "usage statistics" showed that hardware usage was "extremely low. The product will be available at an additional charge in the future.

    However, Kia has also decided to include a 120-volt Class 1 AC mobile charger as an option for the EV6. According to a recent Reddit post, users report that the charging cable is not included with the car.

    Tesla and Kia have been the top two brands in electric vehicle sales for the past few months. Tesla recently took the lead in researching the home charging experience. Electrek said he also lowered the price of the mobile charger and its wall connector to mitigate the impact of discontinuing the standard mobile charger. The mobile charger currently sells for $200, while the wall connector costs $400.

    The EV6 is Kia's first dedicated EV model. Unlike other Teslas, it is compatible with bi-directional charging. The same is true of the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which shares the EV6's E-GMP platform. However, the Ioniq 5 still includes a mobile charger.

    Not everyone chooses a physical charging cable. A broader range of wireless chargers for home use is coming soon. However, with this hardware, EV drivers may eventually be able to disconnect the power cord, but now the charging cable can provide much-needed flexibility when planning a charge.

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