You’re here The Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont, California plant would come standard with a wireless charger and USB-C ports, improvements that were first spotted by Drive Tesla Canada.
Electrek also reported on the changes.
The improvements now bring Model 3s made in the United States to the same level as the same vehicles made at Tesla. factory in China.
The wireless phone charger and USB-C ports first appeared on the new Y model, which customers started receiving in March. Tesla has since taken steps to incorporate some of these new features from the Y model into the old model 3. The improvements first manifested in vehicles assembled in China. Drive Tesla Canada said improvements have become the norm in model 3 vehicles assembled after June 4.
Tesla is still offering an upgrade of $ 125 (see below) for those who own Model 3 vehicles prior to June 4, 2020. Spare parts company Jeda Products also sells a Qi wireless phone charger for around 99 $.
The upgrades are likely part of Tesla’s goal to make its car assembly more efficient and to make its vehicles more attractive to potential customers who slowed purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter, exceeding most analysts’ expectations despite a 21% drop from the previous quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic put downward pressure on demand and created logistical challenges . Tesla produced 103,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter, about 2% less than the previous period.
COVID-19 disrupted the global supply chain and sales in China and Europe in the first quarter, which ended on March 31. The pandemic spread its economic gloom to the United States towards the end of the first quarter, then deepened in the second period. Tesla usually releases the production and delivery figures for the quarter a few days after the end of the quarter. The second quarter ends June 30.