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.
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.
Got it! SR+ August 2020 build. pic.twitter.com/BCV3d9ZlRS
— James Bainbridge (@JustjambJames) October 13, 2020
Just got mine in the update as well. Sept 20’
— Andrew Marziliano (@AndrewMarz86) October 13, 2020
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.
No mention of heated charger, production date is 08/20
— JC Finance & Investing📈📊 (@JC_finance) October 9, 2020
Let us know in the comments below if you have the heated charge port, and when your car was built.