It appears as though Tesla has produced in excess of 300 Model 3s.
Earlier today, we reported on the method used to decode the Model 3 VIN. The breakdown is as follows:
Every Tesla vehicle has a VIN number beginning with 5YJ. All automakers have their own unique World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI). The fourth digit tells which model it is. So for instance, 5YJ3 is a Model 3 and 5YJS is a Model S. The entire VIN contains a total of 17 digits. Below is the decoder in order of digits:
1-3: WMI as explained above
4: specific model; S, X, 3
5: Body Type and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
A – hatchback, five door, left-hand drive
C – MPV, five door, left-hand drive, Class E
E – sedan, four door, left-hand drive
6: Vehicle Restraint System
1, A, B, and D – all have various Type 2 manual seat belts with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags
7: Fuel Type
E – electric
8: Motor/Drive Unit
1 – single motor, standard 3 – single motor, performance 2 – dual motor, standard 4 – dual motor, performance A – single motor, standard B – dual motor, standard
9: check digit to be assigned by manufacturer pursuant to 49 CFR § 565.6(c)
10: model year
H – 2017
11: assembly plant
F – Fremont, CA
12-17: serial number
Recently, an image of the VIN plate on a white Model 3 surfaced on Imgur (scroll through embedded images above for a shot of the VIN - zoom in on image #8). What you'll notice is that the VIN ends with the numbers 316. This seems to indicate that Tesla has produced no less than 316 Model 3s, probably quite a bit more actually.
These release candidate Model 3 will lead varying lives. Some will see long-term on-road testing, while others will undergo durability tests and some are certain to be crashed for test/evaluation purposes.
In the images above (see image 6 and 7) we get a detailed look at the charging flap on the Model 3 too. Image uploader WattLOL8 stated:
“I can say the charging flap is automatic. It flips upward as the button is pressed on the supercharging cable.”
Now you know...
July 28 is the big Model 3 handover event and we'll be on the scene with coverage of it as it occurs in real time.