Watch this wrecked Tesla Model 3 charging and launching in 'track mode'
Despite the fact that the body frame of the Model 3 Performance has been completely damaged, this Tesla has managed to live on. Sure enough, the chassis and electronic components of the safest car on the planet somehow stayed intact during the several times it rolled over during an accident that lead to its current compromised condition.
Above: Wrecked Tesla Model 3 driving, miraculously (Source: Oleg K / YouTube)
Oleg K. who is the current owner of this damaged Model 3 is willing to sell it for the best bid out there. However, it hasn’t been sold as of the time this article was originally published.
Since the first videos of this wrecked Model 3 appeared, it's now evident that the battery pack is actually able to be charged! Even more insane is the fact that it's able to load Track Mode and launch with full acceleration.
Above: Trying to charge a wrecked Tesla Model 3 (Source: Oleg K / YouTube)
However, the center touchscreen of this Model 3 shows the ‘Factory Mode’ setting has been activated. Perhaps upon getting damaged, the car automatically brought itself into factory mode in order to receive the required service and repairs needed — perhaps Tesla's AI is also working on this situation too.
It looks like, since last reported, that the highest bid Oleg got for this destroyed beauty was $4,550. In my humble opinion, this price seems very low since the entire battery pack is unharmed and still able to be charged. In addition, other components like the performance wheels and the entire chassis also remains (mostly) intact and can probably be used to install a new shell body to it.
Above: A look at the cheapest Tesla Model 3 Performance (YouTube: Oleg K)
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 often uses salvaged Tesla battery packs for his own projects (e.g. building stationary batteries used to power homes with solar charging). Or, maybe this could be a new project for someone like Rich Rebuilds.