Tesla VIN decoder

Tesla vehicle VIN number Decoder

The VIN number is the chassis number of a Tesla and uniquely identifies a vehicle worldwide. Among other things, the vehicle serial number is also part of the VIN. With the following Tesla VIN decoder table, however, even more information can be read out.

Where to find the VIN?

The VIN number can be found in the user profile on Tesla.com as soon as the vehicle has been assigned a VIN after an order. It is also displayed at the bottom of the Tesla cell phone app. In the vehicle, it can be read at the very bottom of the windshield on the driver’s side, printed on the door pillar on the driver’s side, or in the vehicle menu under “Software”

 

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Tesla VIN decoder matrix

The individual digits of the 17-digit number have the following meaning (Last update of values: December 22, 2023)

Digit 1 – 3: Manufacturer code

  • 5YJ = Tesla Inc. Fremont, USA (Since Nov 1. 2021 only for Model S and Model 3 in use)
  • 7G2 = Tesla Inc. USA (only used for Semi Truck)
  • 7SA = Tesla Inc. Fremont, USA (Since Nov 1. 2021 for Model X and Model Y)
  • SFZ = UK (Tesla Roadster from 2008 to 2012. It was built at Lotus)
  • LRW = Tesla Inc. Shanghai, China
  • XP7 = Tesla Inc. Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany

Digit 4: Model

  • S = Tesla Model S
  • 3 = Tesla Model 3
  • X = Tesla Model X
  • Y = Tesla Model Y
  • R = Roadster
  • T = Tesla Semi Truck

Digit 5: Chassis Type and “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating” (GVWR)

  • Roadster : E = Convertible
  • Model S : A = 5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
  • Model S : B = 5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
  • Model X : C = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV /5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
  • Model X : D = Class E (6001-7000 lbs) GVWR / MPV /5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
  • Model 3 : A = 5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
  • Model 3 : B = 5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
  • Model 3 : E = 4 Doors (Left-hand drive) Sedan
  • Model 3 : F = Sedan 4 Door (Model 3, Right-Hand Drive)
  • Model Y : G = Class D MPV / 5 Doors (Left-hand drive)
  • Model Y : H = Class D MPV / 5 Doors (Right-hand drive)
  • Semi: B = Cabin

Digit 6: Belt System

  • 1= Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
  • 3 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (FR)
  • 4 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
  • 5 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*2) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints
  • 6 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints
  • 7 = Type 2 manual seatbelts (Front, Rear*3) with Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints & Active Hood
  • 8 = Type 2 manual seatbelts (Front, Rear*2) with Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints & Active Hood
  • A = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*3, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints, Knee Airbags (Front)
  • B = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*2, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints
  • C = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Center Row*2, Third Row*2) With Front Airbags, PODS, Side Inflatable Restraints
  • D = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front Row, Second Row*3) with front airbags. PODS, side inflatable restraints, knee airbags (Front Row)
  • E = Class 8 – Semi only

Digit 7: Type of drive train

  • A = 10 kW charger (USA 2012-2013)
  • B = 20 kW charger (USA 2012-2013)
  • C = 10 kW charger, with DC charging capability (USA 2012-2013)
  • D = 20 kW charger, with DC charging capability (USA 2012-2013)
  • E = NMC / NCA (for vehicles coming from Shanghai.)
  • E = “Electric” (for vehicles that do not come from Shanghai.) If digit 8=S then LFP battery from BYD.
  • F = LFP (for vehicles coming from Shanghai.)
  • F = LFP (for vehicles that do not come from Shanghai.) If digit 8=S then LFP battery from CATL.
  • H = Lithium Ion Battery- High Capacity (NMC)
  • S = Lithium Ion Battery – Standard (NMC)
  • V = Lithium Ion Battery – Ultra High Capacity (NMC)

Digit 8: Motor Type

  • 1 = One Motor – 3Phase Alternating current induction (Model S)
  • 2 = Two Motors – 3Phase Alternating current induction (Models S and Model X)
  • 3 = One Motor Performance – 3Phase Alternating current induction (Model S)
  • 4 = Two Motors Performance – 3Phase Alternating current induction (Models S and Model X)
  • 5 = P2 Two Motors ((Models S und Model X 2021 Refresh Models)
  • 6 = P2 Three Motors ((Models S und Model X 2021 Plaid)
  • A = One Motor – Standard / Performance – (Model 3)
  • B = Two Motors – Standard – Motortype: “Wire Windings” – (Model 3)
  • C = Two Motors – Performance, Tier 2 Battery (82 kWh) – Motortyp: “Wire Windings” – (Model 3)
  • D = One Motor – Standard/Performance – Motortype: “Wire Windings” – (Model Y)
  • E = Two Motors – Standard – Motortype: “Wire Windings” – (Model Y)
  • F = Two Motors – Performance – Motortyp: “Wire Windings” – (Model Y)
  • G =  Unknown Motor count – Standard, Tier 4 Battery (51-60 kWh) – (Unknown Model)
  • J = One Motor – Standard / Performance – Motortype: “Hairpin Windings” – (Model 3/Y)
  • K = Two Motors – Standard – Motortype: “Hairpin Windings” – (Model 3/Y)
  • L = Two Motors – Performance – Motortype: “Hairpin Windings” – (Model 3/Y)
  • N = Unknown Motor count – Standard, Tier 7 Battery (81-90 kWh) – (Unknown Model)
  • P = Unknown Motor count – Performance, Tier 7 Battery (81-90 kWh) – (Unknown Model)
  • R = One Motor – Standard – Motortype: “Wire Windings” – (Model 3/Y)
  • S = One Motor – Standard – Motortype: “Hairpin Windings” – (Model 3/Y)
  • T = Two Motors – Performance

Digit 9: Check digit

  • 1 to 9 or X

The check digit is used to validate a VIN. This is helpful for computers to immediately identify if there is an error or problem with the VIN. The check digit is calculated by removing all letters and replacing them with the appropriate numbers. These numbers are then multiplied by a weighting factor table. This gives you 16 numbers, which you add up and divide by 11. The remainder is the check digit. If the remainder is 10, then the check digit is “X”.

Digit 10: Model year

  • 6 = 2006
  • 7 = 2007
  • 8 = 2008
  • 9 = 2009
  • A = 2010
  • B = 2011
  • C = 2012
  • D = 2013
  • E = 2014
  • F = 2015
  • G = 2016
  • H = 2017
  • J = 2018
  • K = 2019
  • L = 2020
  • M = 2021
  • N = 2022
  • P = 2023
  • R = 2024
  • S = 2025

Digit 11: place of manufacturing

  • 1 = Menlo Park, CA, USA
  • 2 = Unconfirmed: Michigan, USA (Only Model S Alpha, prior to Fremont production)
  • 3 = Hethel, UK
  • A = Austin, TX, USA
  • B = Berlin, Germany
  • C = Shanghai, China
  • F = Fremont, CA, USA
  • G = Berlin, Germany
  • N = Reno, NV, USA (only used for Semi)
  • P = Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • R = Research and Development

Digit 12: First digit of the unique serial number of the vehicle

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • A = Alpha Prototype
  • B = Beta Prototype
  • E = Prototyp for Evaluation, Roadster
  • F = Founder Series Vehicle (the first 1000 roadsters produced in 2008)
  • M = Mule, early prototype (Roadster 2008 only)
  • P = Production Vehicle
  • R = Release Candidate
  • P = Productioncar (P was used only with the first 100’000 Model S. Then replaced by a number)
  • R = Release-candidate car
  • S = Signature Series (the first 1000 vehicles produced for Model S and X)
  • V = Validation Prototype, (Roadster 2008 only)

Digit 13-17: Remaining digits of the unique serial number of the vehicle

  • Numbers between 1 to 9

Find out if a vehicle is affected by a recall

The VIN is not only useful for the Tesla VIN Decoder. You can also use it to find out if your vehicle is affected by a recall. On the Tesla recall website, you can type in your VIN and you will immediately see if your vehicle is affected by a recall.

Check the vehicle history with the Tesla VIN number

With the VIN number you can find out other things besides these different vehicle details. The company carVertical offers a report on the vehicle history of a used car for all vehicle brands. This report contains the following topics:

  • Mileage: for checking tachograph manipulations
  • Theft: Is this vehicle wanted?
  • Was this vehicle involved in accidents with police report?
  • Was the vehicle used, for example, as a taxi, driving school car, rental car or for delivery services?
  • Technical inspections
  • Has the vehicle already been offered for sale before?
A sample report from carVertical*

Of course, with a Tesla, manipulation of the speedometer is not an issue, as this is unlikely to be possible. Nevertheless, some topics are interesting for a Tesla pre-owned car. carVertical obtains the data from various databases, such as garages, state registers, insurance companies, data from fleets of connected cars and many more. Of course, it is also possible that carVertical does not know any information about a certain vehicle.

To create the report, simply click this banner and type the Tesla VIN in the box:

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