Data updated 04-Oct-2023
The Tesla VIN or vehicle identification number 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.
You may see some people quote "PC48" as a shorthand for their VIN. This represents the Year and Factory digits, and the first 2 numbers of the 6 digit sequence number. Generally speaking Tesla build in VIN order so a MY with a PC48 VIN will be built after a PC44 VIN. See our chart of VINs to build dates to find an approximate build dates.
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There are a number of ways to find your Tesla VIN, both of which are relatively easy:
We can generally calculate the build date of your Tesla from knowing the Model, the Year of production, the Factory and the production sequence number. We work find the build dates for cars closest to the given VIN, work out the build rate at the time and extrapolate using this information. In most cases we have VINs that are within a couple of weeks of any provided VIN, the least reliable estimate is when we have VINs more recent than any confirmed VIN in our database and we are extrapolating into the future.
You can not tell the battery size from the VIN. The best you can do is tell the battery chemistry and year of production. If you want to find out the battery size, we suggst you use our Tesla Build date tool which will give you the production date and specification of cars built closest to your vin. From this you can see which battery was in use at the time for your model of car.
The vin decoder will seach and tell you the mix of cars and models that have similar vins. You can use wild cards for some of the letters. This helps you work out not just what each of the letters in the VIN means, but also how that relates to all the Teslas that exist.
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