The US electric vehicle maker Tesla recently seeded through over the air upgrade the rear-heated seats feature. So far, it is available on Tesla Model SR and SR Plus. The update is available for $300.
Tesla Model 3 Rear Heated Seat Upgrade
The rear heated seats for Tesla Model 3 Standard Range and Model 3 Standard Range Plus are now available and could be activated through an OTA software update. The update becomes available following a Tesla Model 3 owner's inquiry if the vehicle has the requisite hardware for heated seats. It turns out that the Tesla Model 3 has all these essentials to efficiently manage the rear heated seat feature even through over the air update.
The rear heated seat feature is actually available on Tesla Partial Premium Interior and higher. The US electric vehicle maker disabled the feature on both Tesla Model 2 Standard Range and Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus. Vehicle owners can do this through their Tesla online account or via the Tesla mobile app.
The release of the rear heated seat feature for the more affordable Tesla Model 3 Standard Range and Model 3 Standard Range Plus makes both variants more cost-effective vehicles. Tesla also made it a point that the features, especially the most useful ones, could be downloaded over the air to make it easier for owners to avail of the company's latest offerings wherever they are.
Tesla Model 3 Long Range
In other Tesla news, the US electric vehicle maker is reportedly planning to release a Made in China Model 3 Long Range in China. Several reports cited a document or application for approval filed by Tesla to China's Ministry of Industry. The documents, which Reuters got a hold of revealed that the Tesla Model 3 Long Range RWD would feature a curb weight of 1,745 kg.
Additionally, it would have a top speed of 140 mph and a 2020 kW electric motor. At present, Tesla Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai is back in its normal operation following its temporary shutdown due to the deadly COVID-19 virus that is causing major problems in China. The China facility of the electric vehicle maker started its first deliveries of MIC Model 3 in Dec. 2019 and has an annual production capacity of 150,000 units.
Tesla is also planning for another Gigafactory in Berlin and eyes a potential opening in the early part of 2021. The company's China operation is crucial in its success, and the current COVID-19 epidemic is threatening the US electric vehicle maker to reaching its target.