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Published on June 1st, 2020 | by Iqtidar Ali


Watch This Wrecked Tesla Model 3 Charging & Launching In Track Mode

June 1st, 2020 by  

An earlier version of this article was originally published on Tesla Oracle.

Despite the body frame of this Tesla Model 3 Performance being totally damaged, the car has managed to live, the chassis and electrical and electronic components of the safest car on the planet somehow stayed intact during the several times it rolled over during the incident that led to its current visual condition.

Oleg K., who is the current owner of this damaged Model 3, is willing to sell it for the best bid he thinks is worthy of this car. When the first videos of this wrecked Model 3 running down the street appeared earlier this month, I covered the story, but seeing the battery pack being able to charge in the following video is just crazy. Even more insane is the fact that it is able to load Track Mode and launch to its full acceleration.

Wrecked Tesla Model 3 driving, miraculously. (Source: Oleg K/YouTube)
Trying to charge a totally wrecked Tesla Model 3.Trying to charge a wrecked Tesla Model 3 (Source: Oleg K/YouTube)

However, the center touchscreen of this Model 3 shows “Factory Mode” watermark. Perhaps upon getting damaged, the car automatically brought itself into this mode to get the required service and repairs done. That means the AI is also working on this one.

Looks like the last report is that the highest bid that Oleg has gotten for this destroyed beauty is $4,550. In my opinion, this price is very low, as the entire battery pack is unharmed and still able to take a charge, other components like the wheels + performance tires and the entire chassis are also intact, and a new shell body can be installed on top of all that.

The Tesla Model 3 battery pack, which is ~75 kWh, is alone worth more than that if we consider a battery cost of around $100 per kWh.

Hopefully the owner gets a bid from someone like Jack Rickard from EVTV, who uses salvaged Tesla battery packs to build his own clean energy products, for powering homes with solar charging, etc.

Related Story: Tesla Safety Record Continues To Be Exemplary 


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Iqtidar Ali writes for X Auto about Tesla and electric vehicles. A true car enthusiast since his childhood, he covers his stories with an utmost passion, which is now guided by the mission towards sustainability. With over 1 decade of website development experience, he’s also our IT resource at hand. He also writes about tech stuff at UXTechPlus.com occasionally. Iqtidar can easily be reached on Twitter @IqtidarAlii (DM open for tips, feedback or a friendly message) or via email: iqtidar@xautoworld.com.

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