As Electrek and a specialist Tesla hacker spotted, a feature to heat the charging port in very cold temperatures is currently being deployed on the Model 3 and Model Y.
The Tesla Model 3’s first winter was not an easy one. At the time, the electric compact sedan had encountered many problems in the negative temperatures recorded in some parts of the world: door handles frozen, windows stuck and charging port blocked. The American manufacturer then corrected some of these problems by deploying an update.
Get through winter safely
And to ensure that the charging port of its cars will not be frozen again this winter, the firm from across the Atlantic is currently implementing a novelty spotted by Electrek and the Tesla hacker, Greentheonly. On the program: the possibility of defrosting the entrance to the port when the temperatures are too cool, and thus avoid the disappointments previously observed.
The owners of Model 3 and Model Y have thus welcomed the 2020.40 update in which the functionality " Charge Port Inlet Heater ". A note from Tesla states:
Your car can now turn on the heater located at the entrance to the charging port to help defrost the interior of the port. This system can be activated in cold temperatures by initiating preconditioning via the mobile app, pressing the rear defrost button on the touchscreen or by preconditioning the vehicle with the scheduled start.
But as noted Electrek, the situation seems a little blurry as for the Model 3 which can really benefit from it. As of this writing, only newer versions will receive this functionality. The others would also be entitled to the 2020.40 update, but without the heated charging port.
For the American media, this new heating system would have been added on certain Model 3 only: those whose assembly is consistent with the entry into production of the Model Y, last March.