Supplier Begins Supplying Steering Parts For Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3


Tesla Model 3 body-in-white from newly released repair manual (Image Credit: Model 3 Owners Club)

That’s the method for gauging how far along the Tesla Model 3 is in terms of nearing production. Unfortunately, suppliers are typically held under non-disclosure agreements, which means it’s not often when a supplier leaks out some information.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

All eyes on the supply chain.

Fortunately for us, at least one supplier is willing to chat it up, according to local media reports out of South Korea.

Yeonghwa Metal has reportedly “started supplying steering system parts for the US EV maker Tesla’s Model 3, according to a media report on May 31,” says The Investor.

The reports adds:

“Citing a company official, the report noted that Yeonghwa successfully completed testing the parts in April and started delivering its products for Model 3.”

This is part of a 9 billion won ($8.02 million USD) signed between Tesla and Yeonghwa in November 2016.

Yeonghwa is a major automotive supplier with clients such as Hyundai, Kia, Renault and General Motors.

Source: The Investor

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20 Comments on "Supplier Begins Supplying Steering Parts For Tesla Model 3"

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Ron M

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Martin Winlow

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“Generalized Auto-Regressive Conditional Heteroskedacity” ?


But independent testing of the model 3 is nowhere near complete.

So, I disagree with the conclusion that Tesla receiving ‘parts” is an indication of how far along the Model 3 is. No beta testing level, no independent testing results.


first off, they have already delivered a number of M3s to DOT for testing. In addition, several other safety groups have gotten them as well.

Beta testing is via the initial owners which will be employees of Tesla, Solar city, and SpaceX.
That will then be followed by owners of Tesla in California. I suspect that before they hit several 1000 of the non-employees they will have everything looking good.


Still, receiving parts doesn’t show how far along the Model 3 is, given the testing results which are still not complete. Which is the point you missed.


And Taser54 is somehow the authority on how far along Tesla is with their testing.

You have NO idea. And yes, MASSIVE parts orders are an excellent indicator. Far more than some random Internet dude’s ASSUMPTION that testing isn’t being done to his/her untrained satisfaction.


If the vehicle is being sold to Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX then it’s not a beta vehicle. It’s a vehicle that is either purchased or leased and technically could be resold (employee might lose their job) to anyone. GM’s beta vehicles are owned by GM and have manufacturing plates on them.

All Tesla is doing is a very limited rollout where employees will probably have to sign NDA.


theflew is correct. They will not be beta cars, they will be early production cars.

And every Tesla and SpaceX employee is ALREADY under non-disclosure agreements from their employment, so they would obviously continue to be bound by their existing non-disclosure agreements.


I disagree on the NDA. Unless the cars are being supplied to them as an employment benefit, they are the personal property of those individuals. Plus, at that point, there is no disclosure issue remaining. They’ll want them showing them off.

Where an NDA *might* come into effect (and maybe this is what you were talking about anyway) is with servicing or repairs or internal recalls related to those cars, presuming those services are done for free.


The second part. Anything done inside the factory like repairs would fall under the NDA. Those might involve trade secrets or information that might fall under the NDA.

Showing off their new car and bragging about it on the internet wouldn’t fall under any NDA, because it simply wouldn’t be actionable as it wouldn’t involve any trade secrets or anything else that is covered under NDA’s.

Similarly, griping that they don’t like the shape of the nose, or saying the seats feel too hard, etc also wouldn’t be covered under any NDA. The shape of the nose and the firmness of the seats are not non-public information or personnel information etc that would be covered by NDA. (sorry for the double negative).

Complaints to a gov’t authority about their new Tesla, like a nhtsa/dot Vehicle Safety Complaint also would not fall under NDA.


Taser54 — The part you are missing is that last summer Tesla ordered pre-production parts from each of their suppliers, enough to build 300 pre-production cars.

Those parts are completely separate parts order than the parts they began to deliver in the end of May.

The May deliveries indicate that at least for this specific part, Tesla appears to have given final sign-off already.

There is another story about other suppliers who are being paid extra for late changes. Those parts sound like they have not gotten final sign-off.

As for how much testing Tesla has done, we don’t know what we don’t know. There was another story about maybe as many as 100 test cars at a known closed test track that other car makers also use to test far away from press cameras.

Don’t tell me you are back to the old “pics or it didn’t happen” meme…..


So, it’ll have that “Korean steering feel”.

Call me worried. It’s not like this is where GM earns points.


What does that mean? “Korean steering feel”. Are you seriously suggesting that metal and plastics that come from a different country “feel” different? If you’re suggesting it would compare to Korean brand cars (as though they have a distinctive “feel” to their steering), that’s nonsense. The car – including its steering – is designed by Tesla, so it will have the “feel” it is intended to have (whatever that means). Where the individual components come from have no bearing on that.