Tesla Model 3 vehicle produced in its Fremont, California. The factory will reportedly come standard with a wireless charging pad and USB-C port, upgrades that were first seen by Drive Tesla Canada.
Electrec also reported on the changes.
The upgrade now puts the U.S.-built Model 3S on par with vehicles similar to Tesla’s Factory in china.
The wireless phone charger and USB-C port first appeared in the new Model Y, which customers began receiving in March. Tesla has since taken steps to bring some of these new Model Y features to the older Model 3. Initially upgrades to assembled vehicles began in China. Drive Tesla Canada said upgrades became standard in Model 3 vehicles assembled after June 4.
Tesla still offers a $ 125 upgrade (seen below) for those who own 4 June 2020 Model 3 vehicles. Aftermarket company Jeda Products also sells a Qi wireless phone charger for about $ 99.
The upgrade is likely part of Tesla’s objective, making its automotive assembly more efficient, as well as making its vehicles more attractive to potential customers who have slowed purchases during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Tesla delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter, a 21% decrease from the previous quarter despite beating most analysts’ expectations as the COVID-19 epidemic pressured demand and created logistical challenges. Tesla produced 103,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter, down about 2% from the previous period.
COVID-19 disrupted supply chains and global sales in China and Europe in the first quarter, which ended on 31 March. The epidemic spread its economic crisis to the US at the end of the first quarter, and then dug into its heels in the second. Period. Tesla typically reports quarterly production and distribution data a few days after the end of the quarter. The second quarter ends on June 30.