Tesla Model 3 Production Appears To Have Exceeded 300 Units
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.