With big production hurdles that look more like the rearview mirror, Tesla begins releasing small updates to the now tens of thousands of Model 3 owners in North America.
One of the strangest decisions Tesla made with the lower-priced Model 3 limousine was to give owners two ways to open the car doors: with a credit card key or with their smartphone. But the company has changed course and started selling a 150-euro Model 3 keychain on its website on Friday. (The key fob was sold out quickly, we asked Tesla when they were in stock again, and when we hear again, we will update them.)
The key fob of the model 3 differs from those of the model S and X not only in its specific shape. It also does not allow "passive entry," a setting in which the cars are unlocked (and the driver's side door is opened) when the key fob is in a certain area, giving the illusion that the car is coming ,
This can be a problem if, for example, a dedicated team of thieves walks around your driveway for an hour in the middle of the night, trying to intercept the key's signal to gain access to your Tesla. If you have not activated the Tesla "PIN to drive" feature, which requires the driver to enter a two-factor code before driving the vehicle, it is possible for someone to drive off the vehicle. (Otherwise, it's a handy feature.)
Instead, if the new trailer does not have passive access, buyers can only use the physical keys of the Model 3 key to unlock or lock the doors, open the trunk and "front trunk" or close the car's charging port to open. Passive Entry continues to work with a paired smartphone, although some users (especially Android smartphone owners) have reported occasional issues with this feature.
The other update, which landed on Friday, was the "track mode" that Tesla had already advertised this summer. Track mode is available in all "Performance" versions of the Model 3 via a software update and manages the stability of the vehicle more actively to improve performance on racetracks or in autocross settings. Performance changes in real time between the front and rear engine to ensure that the car has the best chance of getting through a curve without any problems, while other features such as proactive cooling ensure that the battery is used as little as possible.
Both additions are examples of how Tesla is trying to improve on its newest and cheapest model, which seriously hit the road this year. However, the Model 3 is still sold at a price that is well above the originally advertised $ 35,000. This version of the model 3 is planned for the first half of 2019 loosely.