Tesla Model 3 Caught Supercharging – 30-Plus High-Res Images


Feast your eyes!

Check out this silver Tesla Model 3 plugged into a Supercharger.

These are quite possibly the highest quality images of a Model 3 Supercharging that have surfaced to date.

Pay particular attention to the charge port door and how it functions.

The image uploader notes:

“Charge cover flips upward. I didn’t see a magnetic latch like on the Model S or X.”

And yes, the panels gaps are horrendous. Let’s overlook that this time. There’s also what appears to be some body damage to one of the doors.

*Image note: Click the next arrow to scroll through all 30-plus images.

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52 responses to "Tesla Model 3 Caught Supercharging – 30-Plus High-Res Images"
  1. vvk says:

    Thank god, the brakes are smaller, possible to downsize the wheels. Comfort and better handling, here I come…

    1. Kirk says:

      As I understand it, smaller wheels give better comfort but worse handling.

  2. Josh Bryant says:

    The ultrasonic sensors really stand out on this paint. I would lean towards black to hide those better.

    There is also another larger sensor offset to the driver’s side on the front. I hope that is something for testing and not in production. There is also some external wiring going into the front drivers wheel well that might be going to it.

    Any guesses what that sensor is? Radar on Model S doesn’t show like that.

    1. A M says:

      The larger circle on the driver’s side of the front bumper is a cover over the tow hook socket, not a sensor.

      1. Josh Bryant says:

        I was wondering if that might be what it was. I hope that is only on vehicles going overseas.

        1. A M says:

          It’s standard on many cars now, so I would expect it to be on all Model 3s regardless of destination country.

    2. Dav8or says:

      Most likely a speedometer so you can actually drive the car. LOL

  3. John z says:

    Looks like the door handles retract?

    1. David Murray says:

      I don’t think so. I seem to recall seeing something about pressing the side of the handle and it folds out. So I think it is different from the Model S.

      1. Vexar says:

        They work like the Aston Martin Rapide: you press into them and they pop out. I do like the screen cover, that’s a nice touch. It says “stop taking pictures of our pre-release UI, please.”

  4. mustang_sallad says:

    Still holding out hope for a CCS port on the other side…

    1. William says:

      A CCS port would be a welcome addition by many who will be first time Tesla buyers/Leasees. That probably is going to be a Tesla Corporate culture connectivity clash! Not to mention an added extra expense, that will go completely unused by the Tesla faithful. How about a CHAdeMO port, to add insult to injury?

    2. sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

      See pic #25. It looks like Tesla could almost fit a CCS port in the panel gap between the trunk lid and rear quarter panel. 😉

      1. jim stack says:

        William No big CCS port for a Tesla. just buy and have the Tesla UMC to CHAdeMO adapter in you Frunk instead of making Tesla put it on every model 3.

        1. Mikael says:

          An adapter is slow, expensive and impractical.

          CCS is the standard and should come with every car. And it would add a massive amount of charging stations to complement the pretty limited number of Tesla stations.

          1. Ace Matthews says:

            Tesla developed its own standard to allow for maximum battery life and charge rate. Since Tesla is providing us with a worldwide fast charging network it doesn’t seem like much of a loss to forgo other standards

            1. Samwise says:

              Proprietory standards for charging are just a stupid idea, it really doesn’t matter who or why, in the long term it’s a terrible idea. The most annoying aspect of Apple phones has to be their moronic just different enough to be incompatible but basically the same adaptors.
              It’s going to be exactly the same with car charging, we are going to live with Tesla’s annoying decision not to adopt an open standard for decades to come.

              1. Josh Bryant says:

                CCS above 50 kW didn’t exist when Tesla created their connector. And Tesla’s connector is still superior.

                I get that there is 3 major charging types, but it isn’t Tesla’s fault. Model S wouldn’t have been successful without the SuperCharer network and 120 kW charging.

              2. Chris Dragon says:

                +1 to Josh Bryant

                CCS didn’t exist when Tesla created their standard. CHAdeMO did exist, but was limited to 62,5kW (Tesla started at 90kW, now runs up to 150kW, and can theoretically handle at least 350kW) and CHAdeMO did not support AC charging through the same connector, meaning another port is necessary to support the vast L2 charger infrastructure.

                More info here: https://greentransportation.info/ev-charging/range-confidence/chap8-tech/ev-dc-fast-charging-standards-chademo-ccs-sae-combo-tesla-supercharger-etc.html

                It would have made enormous sense if the CCS committee or other car makers had adopted Tesla’s standard, but no, they didn’t really want EVs to succeed so now we have 3 standards as another barrier to adoption. Tesla can’t switch to CCS without stranding existing owners, nor do I think slapping on a huge CCS port makes more sense than using an adapter.

                There will be CCS to Tesla adapters available once it actually matters. For now, everywhere there are CCS chargers there are already faster Tesla Superchargers.

                In case you weren’t aware, the car comes with a small ~3″ long adapter that lets Tesla plug into the standard slower L2 chargers that have become common in most places.

                1. Rob Stark says:

                  Plus 1k

              3. Nelson says:

                “The most annoying aspect of Apple phones has to be their moronic just different enough to be incompatible but basically the same adaptors.”

                Guess no one told the millions of iPhone users about that annoying aspect or they just don’t care.

                NPNS! SBF!

          2. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            Sadly, Tesla’s CHAdeMO is often capable of more than the chargers can provide.

        2. arne-nl says:

          Not if you charge at FastNed….

  5. DJ says:

    Nobody mention the horrible panel gaps on these hand built cars or you will upset James. They are solely on the road to test out things, not to be free press and excite the public…

    Nevermind that other manufacturers hand built cars seem to not have the problem.

    1. Chris O says:

      If I shorted Tesla stock I wouldn’t get my hopes up over some poorly fitting body panels on a pre-production car.

      In fact I think I would say hope goodbye entirely at this point;)

    2. sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

      Oops! Too late for that!

      See pics 26 and 31. Tesla could easily fit a grill in the huge panel gap between the hood and front bumper.

      I just hope no small children climb onto that Model 3 and fall into the abyss of those gaping panel gaps. 😉

      1. ROFLOL says:

        Looks like you should not get too close to a Model 3 then.

        ..or grow up already…


        1. Mark.ca says:

          He’s seven and doesn’t know what a test car is for…

      2. floydboy says:

        Too bad. Those kids should learn not to be so SHORT! I’m not going to get my SHORTS in a twist! Besides, fire rescue will be along SHORTly to get them!

        1. sven ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ says:

          It gives new meaning to being short on Tesla. 😉

          1. Anon says:

            I thought the term simply referred to the length of their brain stem?

    3. Mark.ca says:

      Yeah, like you will be able to clearly see under the camo they tape on them…sure.

    4. James says:

      You said the exact same comment yesterday. Are you cut and pasting your comments now?

      You panel gap guys just show the level of your ignorance, anyway.

      So many photos of the dozens of M3s out testing, it must be hard for you guys to catch up. Photos posted yesterday of 3 Model 3s testing together. Fine high res photos. Nice black M3 with the 19″ wheels with perfect panel fit at the trunk. Gee, how could that be?

      If you think the line-built Teslas are the same as these handbuilt test cars built from pre-production, limited run parts – you just out yourself as how dimwitted you truly are – Or, think the rest of InsideEV’s readers are.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    “Panel gaps are horrendous”, and a dented door.

    Hehe maybe they’ll give a discount on this now used Model 3.

    But I bet someone will still pay $50,000 For the first one.

    Hopefully, tesla won’t have as much trouble with manually operated doors, but I DID have much trouble with the trunk in my Roadster – you’d think in all the intervening time Tesla would hire someone to get the doors right. The Roadster used plain old FORD latches, but the solenoid opener (only 1 operating 2 latches through a cable system) wasn’t nearly strong enough in warm weather. In cold weather it would hardly work ever. Fortunately, with the combination of the manual key, and fob, the solenoid and a little gooseing from the solenoid would get the trunk open.

    But door problems were totally an unnecessary problem, since the old LOTUS ELISE latches were perfected – the front hood of the car was the only thing left unmodified by Tesla, and it worked perfectly.

    The roadster had silly solenoid operated doors that never worked right. It was the exact same problem that my OTHER EV at the time, a 2011 volt, had with that silly charge port door, having to be replaced a few times under warranty since it wouldn’t reliably open. Silly since the thing to be stolen can be only stolen with the door OPEN.

    What are these designers thinking? Even my ELR (thankfully) doesn’t have any kind of a lock on the charge port door.

    1. James says:

      Thanks for sharing Bill.

      By the way – sad that you sold that Roadster. Anybody smart enough to hang onto theirs will have a Cobra-esque classic to hand down to the kids/grandkids. In 30 years, they can sell the car and buy a very nice house.

  7. floydboy says:

    I remember when the Model X prototypes were rolling around with their various flaws, some gentleman complaining mightily that Tesla had better not have so much duct tape on his car! Yeah, I’m of the inclination Tesla might try a little harder on actual production vehicles.

    1. Four Electrics says:

      Many of those flaws made it into the production versions. In fact, almost all of them did.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        Yes, but in your case ALL of them made it in your car….we know.

        1. James says:

          He’s a lying troll. He has never driven, let alone owned a Tesla.

  8. FISHEV says:

    No break in the back glass so still the smaller opening trunk. It looked on one of the previous open trunk pix that they hinged the lower portion of the glass to give it a mini-hatchback utility.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      This one looks even smaller than a regular small sedan car trunk due to the back window extension.

    2. arne-nl says:

      Hinging the lower portion of the glass is not possible in the 3, since there is a cross-support beam below the rear windshield. That was moved from the rear of the roof to offer sufficient headroom to the passengers.

  9. Chris Dragon says:

    Can they be ordered with those cool, duct-taped accents? 😉

  10. Robert Fahey says:

    Caught supercharging? Tisk tisk.

  11. unlucky says:

    All those pictures and nothing of the display inside showing the supercharging rate? IT’d be nice to know what the charge rate is. And it might give us a hint as to the efficiency and pack size of the car.

    The manual charge door is as I (and I’m sure others) expected. You don’t cut the price by putting all the luxury features on the car.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      In one of the shots you can see a bag over the floating screen…i guess that is where the charging info should be posted since is the only display in the car anyway.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        Check photo 16.

  12. Goofcat says:

    Wow! Look at the gaps between the panels! This thing made bu Jeep?

  13. Mister G says:


  14. QCO says:

    Lots of paint chips and bug splatter on the front facia.

    This is a key reason to believe the flat painted facia will not catch on and remain a Tesla novelty. A “grill”, real or not, hides many cosmetic issues. I think GM figured that out, which is why they kept it.

  15. hpver says:

    It worries me that the panel gaps are so large and inconsistent just a few months from planned production. Makes me wonder what other kinks still have to be worked out. I like Tesla and hope they succeed, but seeing this kind of thing is a concern.

    I know that in the past they’ve worked out issues as production continued. But they had mostly forgiving early adopter types. I’m not sure they can repeat that with equal success on a mass market mid-priced car.

    1. arne-nl says:

      You don’t know when this car was exactly made, maybe it has been running around for months already.