Find Out What’s Inside A Tesla Key Fob Here


Check out this teardown of a Tesla Model X key fob.

For those who aren’t aware, Tesla key fobs look like a little black matchbox car. That is, until the Tesla Model 3 came along, which uses a key card and allows the user to unlock the vehicle with their smartphone. What’s Inside says that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has mentioned switching Model 3 keys over to the physical fob as well, but we have no official word on that. If Tesla does intend to switch, it’s likely due to inconsistencies people have been experiencing with the key card and app feature.

Nonetheless, Tesla Model S and X owners will soon be able to open their cars using a smartphone as well. However, they’ll still have the physical fob in case there are any issues. It’s not a surprise that many people like the security of having an actual key for their vehicle.

What’s Inside breaks stuff so we can see what’s inside. In the following video, the guys open up the Model X keyfob and separate all the individual parts. It’s pretty neat to see what the key is made up of. We don’t recommend deconstructing your things since there’s a fair chance that when you put them back together, they may not function properly … or at all. We’ll leave that mess to What’s Inside.

Video Description via What’s Inside on YouTube:

We DESTROYED the TESLA Key to see how it all works!

Elon Musk has said recently he is switching Model 3 Key Cards to the standard keys like this one. We love the thought that is put into something as simple as a key.

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18 Comments on "Find Out What’s Inside A Tesla Key Fob Here"

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8 minutes video.
30 seconds of real information.
Thank you, youtube.

They don’t get ad revenue recognition if you only watch for a few seconds and leave the page. That might have something to do with it.


When and where did Elon say that they are switching to keyfobs for the Model 3?

If that is true then there is only a HUD and CCS left on my wish list. (Well, hatchback and framed windows on the doors are still on it too but I doubt that either will happen)

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I’d take the framed window over all of that…….lol

That might just be the worst tear-down video I’ve ever seen… So the fob contains a circuit board (that we don’t get to see any sort of close-up of), and some micro switches. Gosh, would anyone have expected that?

Never …lol

No close up of the circuit board? what is the point of this video? These fools don’t even realise that those are 2 batteries stacked on top of each other and not one. Totally useless rubbish.

To get viewers & accumulate points so that they can get a Free* Roadster , So that they can give “People” Free Rides in…..rotf..lmao …

A FOB for the Model 3 would be brilliant news.

I hadn’t heard anything about it. According to Wade Malone, it was either a Consumer Reports or Edmunds videos with a roundtable discussion. Apparently, one of the reviewers mentioned having spoken with Musk and he said Tesla is aware of the key card/phone app issues and that Tesla would be providing a solution soon, which may be a fob option.

At about 12:00 – 13:30 marks, Jake Fisher mentions he discussed the limitations of the key card / phone as key set up. According to Jake, Musk admitted that it was a problem at that Tesla needed to offer something better.

Fisher took this to mean a key fob. But we don’t have anything definitive on the record.

Thanks, Wade!

There is a FOB coming for the Model 3 , the card is Not working out very well…this was announced about a week ago..+/- ….

For a moment there I thought for sure we were going to get a “What’s Inside My Thumb” shot there with the knife…..

Yea, looked a bit scary

Yes, What’s inside the thumb ., that was indeed a Careless Amateurish approach to dismantle that FOB & a Bad Example for that child to be witnessing ….

I have replaced the shell on my Model S key before. No need for a knife.