Tesla Model 3’s made since August 2020 have the heated charge port

Tesla Model 3 charge port

Tesla recently released the 2020.40 series of software updates, which included turning on a new feature in both the Model 3 and Model Y – the Charge Port Inlet Heater.

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Until now, Tesla has never officially acknowledged the Model Y had a heated charge port. The only reason we knew was thanks to popular YouTuber JerryRigEverything who revealed it in a winter testing video before the electric SUV was released.

The fact the Model 3 also had a heated charge port came as a big surprise.

Since Tesla had not revealed this information previously, the only way to know if your car was equipped with a heated charge port was is if your release notes included the feature.

We posed the question today on Twitter, more than a week after the first deployment, to find out if anyone had seen the heated charge port in their Model 3 release notes. Surprisingly the feature was added later than we initially thought, and only appears in August and later builds. The two vehicles in question have VINs 794XXX and 786XXX. It also isn’t limited to higher trim vehicles, as a Standard Range Plus (SR+) owner reported receiving the update.

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We been monitoring user reports to see when the heated charge port entered production and until today had not seen any Model 3 owners receive the feature. The newest build we had seen indicating it was missing was also one from August 2020, so it appears as though not all cars may yet have it.

That follows how Tesla introduced the HW3.0 computers last year. Elon Musk revealed at the Autonomy Day event that any car built from April 2019 onwards would have the Full Self-Driving computer. However months later cars built as late as September 2019 were still being shipped out with the older HW2.5 computers.

Let us know in the comments below if you have the heated charge port, and when your car was built.

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