This week, in its quest to dominate the EV market, Tesla released an affordable new home charger that works with all electric vehicles in North America, not just Teslas. The new 2nd generation J1772 plug is designed to meet the specifications for any EV sold throughout the region.
Lately, Tesla has shown an interest in the broader EV market as a whole, rather than simply on its vehicles. Earlier this week, it opened the first beta test that allows other EVs to access its expansive Supercharger network, and now it’s selling home wall chargers that your Chevy Bolt, Audi, or other EVs can use.
This week, the EV maker launched a revised Gen 2 wall connector, its version of an at-home charging station, only now it’s not a proprietary plug that only works with a Tesla vehicle. Instead, it’s equipped with the popular J1772 plug that all other EVs in the U.S. use.
Keep in mind that this is a standard plug for the North American market, which means those who own a Tesla will have to use an adapter to charge their vehicle. However, this one charging station will work with any car you own now or in the future, which is what makes it a big deal. Here’s what the product page says:
“Charge your electric vehicle at home with the J1772 Gen 2 Wall Connector, a convenient home charging solution for electric vehicle owners. Simply plug in overnight and charge while you sleep.
Providing up to 9.6 kW (40 amp) power output for a single vehicle, the J1772 Gen 2 Wall Connector includes a 24-foot (7.3 meter) cable length, multiple power settings, and a versatile indoor/outdoor design.”
Keep in mind that this is Tesla’s Gen 2 charger, which isn’t quite as fast or useful as the Wi-Fi-equipped Gen 3 model for its Tesla vehicles. However, that also means it’s relatively affordable, costing only $415.
It’s also worth mentioning that there’s a lot of competition in this space. Typical J1772 chargers for the North American market are plenty, with options ranging from $200 to over $599 and beyond. However, this positions a popular name squarely in the middle and gives Tesla another way to sell chargers to consumers.
While we’ve seen this in other regions, it is the first time Tesla is selling a charger without its proprietary connector stateside. Grab yours from the link below.
Tesla J1772 Gen 2 Wall Connector
Tesla now offers a J1772 Gen 2 wall charger for non Tesla vehicles in North America. Get yours for $415.