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This Week in Tesla: Tesla Owner Manages to Stop Carjacking, Tesla Gives Slight Update to Model 3 Interior

May 14, 2020 6:30 PM | Stephen Pallotta (Administrator)

Tesla Owner Stops Carjacking With Their Phone - 

This week, in Barstow California, a Tesla owner was sitting in the driver’s seat of their Model 3 when a man reportedly came up to the car and demanded he get out. What the thief did not know is that the Model 3 owner got out of the car, he had his phone with him. Due to the fact that the Model 3 either needs the phone of the owner in the car, or the car’s keycard touching the center console to shift into gear. The Model 3 owner then pulled out his phone, and with the thief still baffled as to why the car wouldn’t drive, locked the doors. Unfortunately the thief did not do their research as they did not realize they could simply get out of the car using the manual door pull. When the police quickly arrived on scene, the carjacker was still mashing the door open button to no avail and the car was saved, and the criminal caught. Although this one instance seems funny and odd, it points out a much larger safety factor that Tesla’s have. As most Teslas are more expensive than the average car, it would be easy to think that there would be more attempted thefts of them. Fortunately, this is not the case. Thanks to the fact that every Tesla can always be tracked, whether via the owner’s phone or the company, there are very few attempted thefts on Teslas. For example, from the start of 2011 to May of 2018, there were 115 attempted thefts of Teslas and 112 of those thefts were recovered. A 97.3% recovery rate is very impressive seeing as only 59.1% of all cars are recovered.  


Tesla Gives Slight Update to Model 3 Interior -

This week in China, Tesla made a change to all the new Model 3 cars that are being produced in their new Shanghai factory. The change is not much of a surprise and many expect it to happen in the US once production resumes at full speed. The change is that the Model 3 interior now has some of the same features as the new Model Y. For example, there is now a Qi wireless charging pad in the car and there are now USB-C ports in the car as opposed to the traditional USB-A ports.



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