Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet
Tesla today is launching a new home charging station designed for the modern home. The new Wall Connector is the auto maker’s first home charging solution that can be plugged into a wall outlet rather than being hardwired into the home’s electrical system. This charger can plug directly into a NEMA 14-50 plug — the most common high-voltage plug in the U.S.
This is a departure from Tesla’s previous strategy, but one that makes sense. This Wall Connector allows home owners to install a high-voltage charging system in a home without hiring an electrician. Just plug it in.
The new Wall Connector offers a faster recharge time than the Gen 2 Mobile Connector, which also offers a NEMA 14-50 plug. The new offering provides up to 40 amps to most Tesla vehicles while the Gen 2 Mobile Connector caps at 32 amps. Even still, Tesla’s hardwired Wall Connector recharges even quicker. Tesla is clearly looking to the new product to live in-between its previous two chargers: It’s quicker and offers a cleaner look than the mobile connector, though slower but with a lower overall cost than the hardwired solution.
At $500, the new charger is in line with other home EV power solutions. It comes with a 24-foot cable and is only available in silver.
What to install?
We recommend installation of a Tesla Wall Connector, as this is the most convenient way to charge. The Tesla Wall Connector has a dedicated cable, which plugs directly into your Tesla and is available in two lengths: 2.5 and 7.5 metres. Other cars with a Type 2 inlet can also charge on this unit.
A Tesla can charge up to 16.5 kW or 51 miles/hour*. The achievable charge rate with Wall Connector depends on your grid connection.
The majority of homes have a 1-phase grid connection, allowing you to charge up to 7.4 kW or 22 miles/hour.
This is more than sufficient for overnight Charging.
Some homes have a 3-phase grid connection. This connection enables you to charge up to 11 kW or 34 miles/hour*.16.5 kW or 51 miles/hour* is achievable if more capacity is available or if you plan to upgrade your grid connection.
The Tesla Wall Connector can be purchased at Service Centres and is priced at 460 GBP.
Refers to the rated range added to Model S per hour of charge
Who can install?
Every location is different. To ensure a smooth and safe installation, you can contact one of Tesla’s recommended installers:
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How to install?
Tesla Wall Connector
According to Tesla,If you organise the installation of Tesla Wall Connector yourself, the company recommends working with a qualified electrician.
In addition,Tesla’s come standard with a Mobile Connector, a cable which can be used for common outlets. The cable can be mounted with the following standard adapters:
Blue adapter for an industrial socket to charge the Tesla up to 11 miles of range per hour.
An adapter with domestic plug to connect to the Mobile Connector and to charge up to 6 miles of range per hour.
A separate Type 2 charging cable for public stations is included with the vehicle at delivery.