One of the minor burning — smoldering, if you will — questions about the Tesla Model 3 has been how those door handles work. Flush door handles on an affordable car are a rarity. Sure, the Model S and Model X have flush door handles, but they're activated by electric motors that push them out from the door. So what's going to be the door handle situation on the $35,000 Model 3?
Turns out it's deviously simple, push in on the fat portion of the handle towards the rear of the door the long skinny part of the handle will pop out on a fulcrum. Grab and pull. Confused? Video time!
But why are the door handles comparatively complicated? It's all thanks to aerodynamics. With the Tesla Model 3 getting a base range of at least 215 miles per charge, you want to do everything you can to minimize disruptions to the airflow over the car's body. Some things you just can't get away from, like mandatory rear-view mirrors and crash test standards that must be met. But other things you can make disappear. Instead of going for the cheap sticking-out style grab handles of practically every other manufacturer — and on cars much more expensive than the Model 3 — Tesla's opted to make the car's handles more aerodynamic, even if it means costing a bit more.