It’s no secret that the Tesla Model S shares a lot of components with other cars, especially when it comes to modules that control various features inside of the cabin. Using parts from cars like the Ford Fusion and the Mercedes E-Class made sense for Tesla’s first outing as a small but growing manufacturer. Yet one of the questions with the Model 3 was whether Tesla would follow the same pattern or use more in-house components. Now we know more, thanks to a recent set of teardown videos gives us a lot of insight on how the car is put together. The Ingineerix channel on YouTube has started posted videos showing some details of the Model 3 a few months ago and has recently expanded to showing a teardown a salvage car that they acquired. In one the recent videos, we’re able to see all of the electronics pulled out from the car and detailed by the owner: What stands out in this video is how integrated all of the electronics modules are. Most of the body control functions are run by three vehicle controllers, VCFront, which is located behind the frunk and VCLeft and VCRight which are located in the footwells. These modules act as the fuse boxes as well as the body controllers. They contain no fuses but instead rely on MOSFETs and current detectors for fault tolerance. Skipping the fuses is a change over the Model S but the significant improvement comes in the control of various… [Read full story]
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