Recently, a Tesla Model 3 prototype was caught on several parts of Germany. The spotted Model 3 is considered to be a rare model owing to many different reasons. Firstly, spotting a Tesla Model 3 doing the rounds on the roads is in itself a rare thing recently, but it is truer in Europe. This is because the new Model 3 is not expected to hit any car market in Europe until the end of 2018.
Now, the latest Model 3 that has been spotted is apparently not the same one that was caught in September. This model that appears to have its number plates registered in Munich has been caught in a number of locations around Germany.
On earlier accounts, when a Tesla car was found up in Europe way before its official European launch, it mostly meant that the German auto majors acquired the vehicle to reverse-engineer it or to use it as a benchmark. For instance, Audi had bought an early Model X in order to bring to the European market prior to its launch.
The interesting bit is that the German car makers didn’t know that the European Tesla cars do not come with the same charging plugs as that of their North American counterparts, and this led the cars being stuck at a Supercharger station in Germany.
However, the most recently spotted Model 3 in Germany was apparently not brought in by any German auto makers, and this is another very interesting bit about the latest sighting.
It is a fact that Tesla has not started manufacturing the European-spec model of the new Model 3 electric vehicle. And the European version of the Model 3 is not expected to come with the same charging plug as its North American counterpart similar to Tesla’s other models. Thus, the Tesla Model 3 with the wrong plug should not be able to charge directly on any European charging points, let alone supercharging.
Now, yet another interesting thing is that a German Tesla forum member has spotted the same Model 3 prototype at the Braak Supercharger station and it was reportedly supercharging. The member somehow managed to take a single picture of the Model 3 and this image proves that the Model 3 was actually at the supercharging station.
As per this forum member, the Model 3 was being tested by Tesla employees from America. Moreover, they had a special adapter to able to charge the electric car at European Supercharger points with a standard American-spec model’s plug.
If actually true, this is the first time that a Mennekes Type 2 has been used on the Tesla plug adapter. Thus, the Tesla Model 3 has given a glimpse of it in Europe in an interesting way much ahead of its actual market launch in the continent.