Tesla VIN decoder.

Last updated 28-Nov-2022

The Tesla vehicle identification number or VIN roughly follows international recognised standards ISO 3779 and ISO 4030 for North America but as most things Tesla. it doesn't quite follow the standards completely.

People have tried to match the vehicle attributes to specific characteristics however we find this can be unreliable as certain characters change depending on others attributes, over time and even country to country. Using our database of car details we have decided to report the range and permutations of cars that have a specific combination of characters to allow the user to decide. We have listed the typical or most common meanings after many of the entries but these do not seem to be universally followed. We've heard (thanks to Gabe) that US 2022 M3 SR+ ship with the LFP battery but are using the letter E which has traditionally been used to signify Lithium Ion batteries.

We have introduced a new flexible data decoder that combines a number of our tools into one place.

Please select one or more characters to filter the results. The more you characters you define, the more relevant the results will become.

Digit 1-3 is the World manufacturer. Manufacturing plant is however set using digit 11
Digit  4 is the model, S for Model S, X for Model X etc.
Digit  5 is a vehicle attribute, usually body type. A is 5 Door LHD hatch, B 5 Door RHD etc
Digit  6 is a vehicle attribute, usually restraint system and reflects a combination of seatbelts and airbags.
Digit  7 is a vehicle attribute, usually battery type (but not usually battery size) and charger. E being usually Lithium Ion, F being Lithium Iron/LFP etc. Cars from 2022 seem to not follow the format precisely.
Digit  8 is a vehicle attribute, usually Motor/Drive combination and power rating.
Digit  9 is a checksum digit
Digit 10 is a year digit e.g. L is the letter for the year 2020. Until 2019 this reflect the year the car was built, from the end of 2019 it reflected a model year for which production typically started in late November of the previous year, e.g. a car with the letter L (2020) may have been made as early as November 2019.
Digit 11 is the plant, F for Fremont, P for Palo Alto, C for China, B for Berlin
Digit 12 is the start of a sequence number sometimes being the value P, S or F.
Digits 13 onwards are remaining sequence digits

Please select vin details for one or more of the letters of the VIN. We will then search our inventory database and display the mix of models, variants, years and seat numbers that we find.
If you want to look up a specific VIN using the digits, then check out our Factory Vin Checker which will provide a link to the information of the car if we have it, and also to cars with nearby VIN numbers for comparison.

If you have access to the car, then our guide to finding out what options a Tesla has from the car may be a quicker and easier way to determine the version of Autopilot software and hardware, the MCU version, which air suspension version and whether it's a raven car and has one foot braking etc.

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