Here's how you decode the Tesla Model 3 VIN

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  1. gene

    gene Moderator

    May 19, 2016
    #1 gene, Jul 17, 2017
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    Following our report that a white Model 3 with vehicle identification number (VIN) ending in “000316” - the trailing “316” suggests that Tesla has already produced at least 316 release candidate vehicles to date - a new document sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals how future owners can decode their Model 3 VIN.

    “Tesla intends to begin regular production of a new carline, the Model 3, starting July 2017. Model 3 will be released into commerce as a MY2017 vehicle and pursuant to the requirements of § 565.26 Reporting requirements, Tesla Inc. hereby is submitting the updated VIN decoding information for MY2017 vehicles. The submission adds a new vehicle line (Model 3) to its already existing MY2017 vehicles lines (Model S and Model X).” reads the letter sent to the NHTSA.

    As noted in the VIN decoder document sent by Tesla, all Model S, Model X and Model 3 can be identified by the “5YJ” that’s set in the first three characters of the vehicle’s VIN. The three digits represents what’s referred to as the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI) and uniquely identifies the manufacturer of the vehicle.

    [​IMG][​IMG]White Tesla Model 3 VIN 000316 release candidate car spotted in Bakersfield, CA [Source: WattLOL8 via Imgur][​IMG]White Tesla Model 3 VIN 000316 production car spotted in Bakersfield, CA [Source: WattLOL8 via Imgur]

    The fourth digit in a Tesla VIN signifies the model. Referencing the Model 3 VIN recently spotted (5YJ3E1EAXHF000316), we can see the number “3” representing the model of the vehicle.

    The remaining characters in the 17-digit VIN can be decoded as follows:

    • Digits 1 - 3: World Manufacturing Identifier
      • 5YJ = Manufacturer: Tesla Inc.
    • Digit 4: Make/Line/Series
      • S = Tesla Model S
      • X = Tesla Model X
      • 3 = Tesla Model 3
    • Digit 5: Body Type and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
      • A – Hatch back 5 Dr/ LHD
      • C = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV / 5 Dr / LHD
      • E= Sedan 4 Dr / LHD
    • Digit 6: Restraint System
      • 1= Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR*3) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
      • A = Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR*3, TR*2) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
      • B = Type 2 manual seatbelts (FR, SR*2, TR*2) with front airbags, PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
      • D= Type 2 Manual seatbelts (FR, SR*3) with front airbags. PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (FR)
    • Digit 7: Fuel Type
      • E = Electric
    • Digit 8: Motor/Drive Unit
      • 1= Single Motor – Standard
      • 3= Single Motor - Performance
      • 2 = Dual Motor (standard)
      • 4 = Dual Motor (performance)
      • A= Single Motor – Standard
      • B= Dual Motor - Standard
    • Digit 9: Check Digit To be assigned by manufacturer pursuant to 49 CFR § 565.6(c)
    • Digit 10: Model Year
      • H = 2017
    • Digit 11: Plant of Manufacture
      • F = Fremont, CA
    • Digits 12-17: Unique serial number

    Based on the VIN 5YJ3E1EAXHF000316 spotted in Bakersfield, CA, we learn that the vehicle is a left hand drive 2017 Model 3 with standard single motor drivetrain that was manufactured in Fremont, California.

    Model S and Model X owners can also have some fun by decoding their VIN using the same decoder.

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  2. Dennis

    Dennis Moderator

    May 19, 2016
    Southern California, most of the time
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    Digit 4 = R for Roadster. :cool:
  3. Moon

    Moon New Member

    Jul 18, 2017
    Hong Kong
    Anyone know what "D" is for in Digit 5, and "C" is for in Digit 6?
  4. Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper New Member

    Jun 19, 2017
    Digit 8. This shows two different types of standard motors.
    What's the difference?
  5. KD4MNI

    KD4MNI New Member

    Aug 7, 2017
    Smyrna, Georgia, USA
    FYI - Companies typically don't start numbering their production units with S/N 000001, that's often set aside for prototypes and pre-production units. These earliest serial/VIN numbers are still important, they pay taxes or depreciate/write off all the complete units depending on whether or not each unit is sold, kept by the company or scrapped/destroyed. Based on what's been revealed here, I would expect their first production unit to be x000101, possibly x000201 or even x000301. Any insights based on the 3 earlier Tesla models?
  6. xnappo

    xnappo New Member

    May 30, 2017
    Austin, TX
    So do we know enough that we can start counting?
  7. 18650

    18650 New Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    Los Angeles
    Does the Model 3 have all-wheel drive as standard?
  8. Michael Russo

    Michael Russo Moderator

    Dec 16, 2016
    Pau, France
    No, standard on all Model 3s produced up to now is Rear Wheel Drive. AWD will come by around mid-year and will therefore be optional; expect a premium of around 5 grand based on the experience with the S.

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