Tesla quietly began selling the Model 3 with the old chips due to the coronavirus

Despite the ease of updates Tesla and advanced features of these cars, the associated connections on the Network, many car owners cause for concern is the fact that manufacturer in fact has remote access to their machines. In the case of a conventional car, even if the functions are related to the software technician or mechanic will need physical access to the car — Tesla is enough to make all the “over the air”. So, a month ago the company remotely disabled the autopilot on the Model S after the resale of the car (though only the owner raised the fur fly in the web, all returned). Now for owners of the Model 3.

The Problem Tesla Model 3

Unbeknownst to all, Tesla started selling the Model 3 with the old version of the controller IC in China, writes the Nikkei. The company, of course, did not warn new customers that their machines is the old chip: this became known only after the owners noticed that the part number printed on labels attached to the control unit inside the car, did not correspond to the information sheet Model 3. The problem would not be serious, that’s just the new chip is superior in speed to the old 21 times!

Buyers were confident that buy cars with the latest equipment, and in fact received an outdated model. Why did this happen? Due to problems with the supply chain caused by the outbreak of coronavirus. Tesla was forced to temporarily close its new factory in Shanghai on 29 January for ten days.

“We deeply regret the confusion we caused some Tesla owners,” — said in a statement on the Chinese social network Weibo. In addition, she allegedly did not enter anyone astray, and replacing the chip “had almost no value” for driver or vehicle safety. However, Tesla said, will provide free upgrades of equipment to customers as soon as production will resume.

The problem could be exhausted, but here joined the discussion Elon Musk with his Twitter. He wrote that customers who complained, not ordered option autopilot (FSD).

Perhaps they did not know that the car’s computer updated for free if the option is ordered by FSD even after the time of delivery.

Only here the full function autopilot (aka FSD) are worth an extra $ 7,000 to the price of the Model 3. And this contradicts the initial statement by Tesla, which has promised to upgrade the chip for all buyers, concerned, free of charge, and not only for those who ordered their cars with FSD. It drew attention in Business Insider, Tesla and thereafter declined to comment on the issue.

Elon Musk will move to China

In the beginning of last year during the visit of the Creator of Tesla and SpaceX to China, the local government gave the owner of the Chinese “green card”, which allows the Mask to be tax resident in China and conduct business in this country. China became the first market other than the US, where Tesla has decided to deploy its own production. Elon Musk clearly understands the full potential of the Chinese market and its labor — no wonder most companies, including Apple, produce their devices there. China allows to minimize the expenses, in contrast to the United States.

And if the US government will continue its aggressive policy against Elon musk (this includes the proceedings with the securities and exchange Commission, and the attention trump), he may move to China and move all manufacturing in this country. The local government welcomes investments in these sizes, and the entrepreneur will be able to reduce costs.