- Tesla has launched a brand new Common Wall Connector with a built-in adapter for each Tesla (NACS) and J1772 plugs for EV charging.
- The Common unit additionally permits management and monitoring of charging historical past and vitality use through the Tesla app, a characteristic new to the Wall Connector.
- Its $595 worth is barely greater than the present Wall Connector, it is accessible for order now, and Tesla says it’s going to begin delivery in October.
At the moment Tesla introduced a brand new Common Wall Connector, a Degree 2 EV charger that is supposed for dwelling use in addition to in Tesla’s 40,000-strong public Degree 2 chargers it refers to as vacation spot charging. Which means that house owners of any non-Tesla EVs will be capable to use this newest Tesla charging gear with out a separate adapter.
With a essential mass of automakers not too long ago asserting that they are going to be switching from the J1772 plug to Tesla’s NACS receptacle within the 2025 timeframe, this is not a shocking transfer. Now Tesla stands not solely to learn from non-Tesla house owners paying to cost at its Superchargers, but additionally will doubtlessly promote much more home-charging models. In the meantime, the opposite large gamers in dwelling charging, akin to ChargePoint, are speeding so as to add Tesla’s NACS plug to their choices.
What’s Totally different
The brand new unit appears to be like nearly an identical to its third-generation Wall Connector that’s at the moment on sale, and all of the specs carry over as properly, with two key variations. The primary is a built-in adapter to permit seamless switching between plugging in to a automobile with Tesla’s North American Charging Normal (NACS) plug, which is at the moment discovered solely on Teslas, and the spherical, J1772 plug that’s used to cost practically each different EV within the U.S. That is much like the so-called Magic Dock adapter the corporate has constructed into a few of its newest Supercharger stations to have the ability to be capable to quick cost non-Tesla EVs. The opposite main change is that, by the Tesla app, customers will be capable to schedule or cease and begin charging and think about charging historical past and vitality utilization for the primary time.
The present Wall Connector already has Wi-Fi connectivity for firmware updates and to have the ability to community a number of models collectively to share energy from the identical circuit with out exceeding a peak programable energy draw. Whereas Tesla house owners can monitor their charging historical past by the automobile and a third-party app akin to TeslaFi, there’s at the moment no possibility for non-Tesla house owners to trace their charging, one thing that has stored the Wall Connector from being our prime choose in our EV charging check.
Price and When You Can Get One
Tesla at the moment sells Wall Connectors with both the NACS ($475) or J1772 ($550) plugs, whereas the value of the brand new Common unit is up barely, to $595. Each the present and new Common Wall Connector have a most output of 11.5 kW, a 24-foot cable that’s thinner than these of the competitors, and are available solely as a hardwire possibility.
The Common Wall Connector is offered to order now, and whereas Tesla says the app performance will not launch till late August or early September, that should not matter, as the corporate says the brand new models will begin delivery in October. Tesla is sending us one to strive, so we’ll be again with a assessment quickly.
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Dave VanderWerp has spent greater than 20 years within the automotive business, in assorted roles from engineering to product consulting, and now main Automotive and Driver‘s vehicle-testing efforts. Dave received his very fortunate begin at C/D by taking place to submit an unsolicited resume at simply the appropriate time to land a part-time street warrior job when he was a pupil on the College of Michigan, the place he instantly grew to become enthralled with the world of automotive journalism.