Tesla Model 3 Gets Wireless USB-C Upgrade In The US

by Ma. Claribelle Deveza June 15, 2020


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Tesla Model 3 vehicles made in the United States will come standard with wireless phone charging and USB-C ports starting this June. Multiple reports of the Model 3 upgrade have been published recently. 

Tesla Motors Club member, jsn210, shared the news about USB-C and wireless phone charging coming to the Model 3s made in the Fremont Factory on June 10. It appears that a service advisor (SA) informed his son--who had reserved a Model 3--that the vehicles made in June would come with the upgrades. 

"SA just called to say that the beginning of June cars will have standard wireless phone charging and USB-C ports. He helped my son switch his order/build date from May 30 to a build date of June 5, and those two changes are now part of the build. Car due in a couple [of] weeks and I will post any other visible changes then," wrote jsn210 in his TMC post. 

The same upgrades have already come out for the MIC Model 3 made in Giga Shanghai in early May. As previously reported by Tesmanian, MIC Model 3 vehicles sporting USB-C ports and wireless phone charging pads were spotted in Tesla showrooms in China. 

The upgrades were initially spotted in the Tesla Model Y. It appears that Tesla has started to improve the Model 3 as well, proving that the company continues to strive for excellence in its vehicles. 

While it continues to refine the Model 3, Tesla also seems to be improving the Model Y's build. The EV automaker ordered a bespoke Giga Press, labeled OL 6100 CS, from IDRA Group for the Model Y's rear underbody structure. The Giga Press will turn the Model Y's rear underbody into a single piece, lowering production costs. 

"Even with a big cycle time, you eliminate all the labor to assemble pieces and subcomponents. You're saving on automation cells; you're saving on people. It would be tough to put dollars to it, but think of multiple suppliers doing stampings, you could save maybe 20% on labor cost. And reduction in footprint is major. My guess is that it's a net-net efficiency gain," said Laurie Harbour, from Harbour Results Inc. 

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