Tesla finally looks like it has tackled the production challenges of making the Model 3 on a large scale. Now, the company has launched a keyfob for the Model 3 that it has started selling on its website. Earlier, owners had only two methods of entry – use their smartphones or use a key that was about the size of a credit card
The keyfob for the Model 3 is in the shape of the car and has sold out really quickly. One key difference between the keyfob for the Model 3 and those for the Model S and X is that it does not allow “passive entry”. “Passive entry” is a setting that unlocks the doors of a car when the keyfob is within a certain range. The lack of this feature reduces the risk of theft though it does mean that using the keyfob releases the Model 3 key’s physical buttons to unlock or lock the doors, open the trunks in the front and the rear and to open the car’s charging port. Passive entry will still work with a paired smartphone.
The other update that Tesla made was the “track mode” which is available on all “performance” versions of the Model 3 through a software update. This feature can be used to more actively manage the car’s stability so that its performance is better on racetracks or in autocross. Power can be shifted in real time between the front and rear motors to ensure that the car offers the smoothest cornering experience, while other features like proactive cooling make sure the battery pack functions at its optimum.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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