Tesla seems to have a serious supply problem when it comes to its charge port electronic control unit (ECU), as many owners are reporting delivery delays due to the missing part.
Compared to the rest of the auto industry, Tesla has done quite well in the face of global supply issues, particularly the chip shortage. While most other automakers have seen production and deliveries slow, Tesla has managed to grow significantly over the past two years.
However, it has not been immune to the problem, especially when it comes to chips and control units. Tesla has warned that it expects various supply chain issues to continue throughout the year, until the bottleneck becomes battery cells again next year.
We have a good example of this today, as many Tesla buyers are reporting that their deliveries have been delayed due to a missing charge port electronic control unit (ECU).
A dozen Tesla Model 3 and Model Y buyers report on the Tesla Motors Club forum that their new cars have been built, but cannot be delivered because they are missing the charging port ECU.
From their reports, it appears that the problem started in mid-April and that Tesla still delivered the vehicles from the factory to local service centers to await the part. In some cases, vehicles have been sitting in service centers for over a month.
One of the buyers described his situation:
My problem now is that I have a vehicle assigned to VIN that was last charged on 4/19 sitting in a service center exposed to the elements without any type of ETA for the missing part while Fremont is pulling cars out and has the parts in stock. It looks like they forgot about our cars and we’ve been waiting forever for Tesla to decide to send them the parts. I am actively making payments on the vehicle, a large deposit paid on 4/28, and nothing to show for it.
Several other buyers are in a similar situation – but perhaps not for payments on an undelivered car, as it relates to the interest rate freeze in this case.
Based on the number of reports, this looks like a fairly widespread problem, and the fact that Tesla ships cars to service centers with a missing part indicates that it affects many vehicles and/or has a long lead time. to deliver the missing part. .
Otherwise, it would be more efficient to fix the problem at the factory, but at this point it makes more sense for Tesla to ship the part to the service center, which would add a significant workload to the service team.
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