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Model 3 Door Handles: What Are They Made Of?

cadetsea

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May 27, 2019
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I remember seeing a photo of one that had been snapped in half (some vandal pushed in the handle and pulled towards the front of the car until it broke) - seemed to look like hollow plastic, but I can't seem to find it again.

The handles do get hot enough in the sun, so I guess the coating is actual chrome?
 

RC2785

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Dec 27, 2018
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Is this the picture you're referring to?
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CrayZ1

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Jan 14, 2020
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Dunno, I'd guess cheapskatium. Or is that cheapalloy?

Note: The Jaguar EV starts at over $60k and is $90k nicely kitted. It has plastic door handles too.
 

kbecks13

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Dec 27, 2017
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Least they could do down the line is offer chrome delete option. I bet people would pay $5-600 for what is effectively nearly 0 cost after tooling paid for.

Configuration management is definitely not free though, just think of all the annoying demand planning that would require. Tesla likes to reaaalllly limit options :)
 

ElectricIAC

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Configuration management is definitely not free though, just think of all the annoying demand planning that would require. Tesla likes to reaaalllly limit options :)
Hey: if it’s going to be standard on Y as it appears then why not offer it for 3? :D
 

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