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Tesla has delivered new cars with missing USB ports: Report

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There is a chip shortage that you may have heard that affects any automaker, but Tesla a slightly smaller than others. Yet Tesla is also affected, now by reportedly delivering new Teslas that are missing some USB ports.

This was first seen by Electrek last week, which reported that customers who got cars with the missing gates were told different things by their contacts at Tesla, or nothing at all. And although some customers have been told that it is due to lack of spare parts, we actually have no official word on it from Tesla because Tesla does not have a PR department and stopped communicating with the press months ago. However, it sounds like bad communication is not limited to the media.

Most affected cars appear to be missing the USB-C ports along the rear wall of the center console, although at least one claims that the rear seats’ USB ports are missing. For new owners with missing USB ports on the center console, wireless charging also appears to be inactive.

Reports of missing USB ports appear to have started with cars delivered on November 11th. Other owners with recent deliveries have chimed in to say they have USB ports. The latest confirmed USB model Y we can find was delivered on November 6th.


While some owners received advance notice from their delivery specialist, other owners were surprised when they got their car home and noticed that their USB ports do not exist or that their wireless charging is not working. Only after a call with the Tesla service, or browse Tesla forums on the Internet, or reading this article, they discovered the pattern of missing USB ports.

Electrek posted screenshots showing two Model Y Performance buyers saying they did not have any USB ports on their cars, or were told so much where one of them also said they were told that the gates can be installed later as parts become available. It seems bad because the Model Y Performance starts at $ 63,990, but Tesla is far from the only automaker these days send cars without functions because spare parts are missing. And while missing ports can be a minor issue, I bet it is not if you are not the one who does not have the ports that we are used to these days for charging phones in the car.

More broadly, I hope all of this makes engineers really think about it the next time they want to put every bell and whistle in a new car. Hopefully it will still be their decision.


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