This Is How You Can Change Gears On The New Tesla Model 3 If You Screen Dies

The recent unveiling of the updated Tesla Model 3 has ignited excitement among electric vehicle enthusiasts and bloggers, all eager to uncover the intriguing details that may have gone unnoticed in the official images and videos. This refreshed version of the all-electric sedan brings some notable changes, and we’ll delve into them in simple terms.

One of the most apparent alterations in the new Model 3 is the absence of physical stalks on the steering column. In the previous version, these stalks were responsible for gear selection, with drivers pushing down for drive, up for reverse, and pressing the end for park.

In the updated Model 3, Tesla has eliminated these physical controls, opting instead for a more digital approach. To choose a gear, drivers will now interact with the central touchscreen, similar to how it’s done in the refreshed Model S and Model X.

While this digital shift may seem convenient, there’s a potential downside. Just like the screens on your TV or smartphone, the central touchscreen in the updated Model 3 could occasionally malfunction, leaving drivers unable to select a gear. However, Tesla has a solution in place. They’ve introduced a set of physical buttons in strategic locations.

In previous Tesla models, such as the Model S and Model X, there were capacitive buttons on the center console near the hazard lights control. These buttons provided a backup means of gear selection if the touchscreen were to fail.

However, in the updated Model 3, Tesla has opted for a different approach. Instead of capacitive buttons, they’ve integrated a pair of wireless charging trays below the screen.

And surprisingly for those wondering, in a development known as “Project Highland Tesla,” these buttons have been relocated. They can now be found on the headliner, situated between the two sun visors and next to the rearview mirror, as revealed by a Chinese features pamphlet spotted by Teslarati.

Specifications of the new and refreshed Model 3 are quite worthy of its praise and attention. For those who are interested, the rear-wheel drive variant is equipped with an electric motor producing 194 kilowatts (equivalent to 260 horsepower) and 250 pound-feet (340 Newton-meters) of torque, while weighing in at 3,880 pounds (1,760 kilograms).

On the other hand, the dual-motor all-wheel drive version boasts 331 kW (443 hp) of power and 412 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque.

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