The Tesla Model 3 is the newest vehicle coming out in the line of Tesla’s electric and autonomous fleet of vehicles. The Model 3, set at $35,000, is meant to be an affordable, luxury, electric vehicle with a range of approximately 215 miles. Set to come out in July 2017, test vehicles in a production fleet of 6-7 vehicles have been regularly spotted driving around the Bay Area, home to Tesla. Since the past few months, a catalog of over 50 images has been publicly posted of the Model 3 with interior and exterior images and multiple angles, revealing another unknown feature of the car. And today an image of one of the most uncertain portions of the vehicle was just brought to the public.
A great feature of the Tesla vehicles is something known as Supercharging. This allows a driver to charge their vehicle at speeds of about 250 miles per hour compared to the standard 25 miles per hour. This is done at thousands of Superchargers strategically located along roads across the world. In their Model S and Model X, Tesla positioned the charge port directly on the side of the tail which eliminates the need for a cutout on the actual panel of the vehicle. This port can be accessed by either pressing the side of the tail light, using the center display or by simply pulling up a charger close to the port and tapping the charge button.
This port is something that has not been noticed on the side tail lights of the Tesla Model 3 which stirred up rumors as to whether a different charging mechanism would be present or if the location had been changed altogether as the ‘cut out’ for the charge port could not be seen. But nothing has changed at all.
This image was uploaded toady on twitter by Jas Summers (http://ts.la/jason5395) and it reveals the Model 3 supercharging with the charge port at the same location. But the was the charge port can be accessed has been completely changed. Instead of the traditional way where only a small portion of the light opens, Tesla has designed the vehicle such that the entire panel will lift upwards for the vehicle to be charged. Reasons as to why Tesla has done this are unknown but one could be that the change in the design of the tail lights on the Model 3 compared to the Model S/X may have forced the Tesla Team to take a different approach. Being a release candidate version, the design has been finalized. Another revealing attribute is where the two doors meet below the B-pillar(center of the vehicle). The front door appears to be sticking out creating a larger gap than normal between the two doors. One could say that the door is open but if so the window would also be much lower as the Tesla windows lower themselves slightly when the door is open. Although this may be a minor detail, it could possibly be a defect in the specific vehicle requiring Tesla to make modifications to their production line.