This suddenly has me concerned. I don't recall seeing any storage area below the door handles. I also don't remember seeing a sunglass container on top next to the rear view mirror. These exists on all the modern cars. Anyone noticed?
While at the Seattle Get Amped I overheard one of the Tesla representatives mention that storage in the armrests were being considered/studied. Sounds like a great idea to me!
No storage in doors. No concealed storage in center area. Almost no storage at all in front passenger space except that center "open storage area" which is basically a low-walled square bucket below that 17" screen.
You are correct, based on the current design, there are no storage pockets in the doors, or a sunglasse compartment in the front roof area (next to the rear-view mirror).
Based on the most recent test-drives, many of the test cars had a small -deep compartment just below the 17" touch-screen with a good layer of rubber on the floor to prevent things from moving ot vibrating. I believe this compartment is not part of the 'Opertunity - Console' thing, but rather standard equipment (as it seemed to appear in all test cars). Either way, this compartment could hold a phone, sunglasses, and a touchscreen whip no problem.
Otherwise, we will all have to wait to see what types of optional 'opertunity consoles' become available later in the year.
The seats have a little pocket in the front, but that's the only additional bit of storage not mentioned so far.
How many people would leave their phone, loose change, wallet, expensive sunglasses or anything remotely of value in that cubby under the 17" screen when they leave the car? Exposed storage is an invitation to thieves. To be truly useful IMO that cubby needs a door or cover.
Jason S: I was told in April at Menlo Park that the little pocket was an artifact and would not be on the production cars so I'm delighted to see that it is still there. Do you know if that little pocket is also present on the cloth seats?
Maybe we should start a thread about places to store things in the Model S? ;-)
Who leaves their phone and wallet in the car anyway ? I have never done that, nor left change or expensive sunglasses there (just a cheap $10 pair).
Personally I thus do not want any door in front of the shelf below the screen. That's where I'll leave my phone and wallet when I'm IN the car and I do not want the hassle of opening a door.
If I ever need to leave my wallet in the car I have no problem using the glove box.
But pockets in the doors would be nice for sure.
"These exist on all the modern cars" (kinged) Yes, but apparently not on all post-modern cars :) Hey, the lack of compartmented storage space has been beat to death.
Here's a pix of that seat pocket on a Performance seat. Don't know if the non-perfs have them. It's so small and in such a weird location, short of something like a folded map, I don't know what else you'd put in it - http://www.flickr.com/photos/73818094@N08/7428435734/in/set-721576302561...
I think you could put some sort of tiny light basket hanging from the edge of that seat pocket. It would have to be very light in order not to ruin the pocket edges (no stretching, please). Not very useful place for items though.
I think the best covered storage for small things are those front cupholders. Maybe Tesla could put an option which converts those cupholders to small item storage for European models.
At the L.A. event (actually in the Santa Monica store), George B. said there were no door pockets because of the extra speakers that were put in as part of the amazing sound system (i.e. no room).
At the L.A. event (actually in the Santa Monica store), George B. said there were no door pockets because of the extra speakers that were put in as part of the amazing sound system (i.e. no room). (jbherman)
What a remarkably lame excuse. As if Mercedes, Audi, Lexus didn't have "amazing sound systems".
I think the best covered storage for small things are those front cupholders. Maybe Tesla could put an option which converts those cupholders to small item storage for European models. (Timo)
Absolutely, since they are no good for holding cups anyway. With the armrests moved forward, that space is not only covered, it's actually hidden! Makes a ton of sense.
Except... that I want cupholders! But in a useful place, possibly as an inset for the "opportunity console".
Here's a pix of that seat pocket on a Performance seat. [...] It's so small and in such a weird location, short of something like a folded map, I don't know what else you'd put in it (stevenmaifert)
I'll definitely put my sunglasses there. (Not $10 ones.)
I'm not understanding something here. Why would you ever take your wallet out of your pocket?
The cellphone I can see for long trips when you charge it, but normally it stays in your pocket as well.
+1 Volker.Berlin, all three recent posts.
I've made extensive comments on the TMC Opportunity Console thread that Tesla is using for feedback on this issue suggesting that for the standard car they should convert the current cup holders to a rectangular storage space of similar dimensions with USB port and relocate the cup holders to one of several locations. IMO it would be even better if more of the area under the arm rests were converted to storage.
jerry3: I can't drive more than about 10 minutes with my wallet in my hip pocket. My butt and legs start hurting too much. Dr. even told me to take it out while driving.
I've used only my front pocket for my wallet for at least the past 10 years. I've found it more comfortable, and I've been told it's also safer from pickpockets. However, I've never encountered any anyway.
Furthermore, I found the wallet was also damaging the car seat.
@cerjor, does your wallet look like this?
I also take my wallet out and leave it in my car when I go into the gym, don't need my wallet in there and I don't want to bother fighting for a locker to lock it away in my already crowded 24 Hour Fitness! I also leave my cell's, extra keys, and parking permit's (that can get pricey so cars have been broken in for those even).
The solution: budgie smugglers!
Hey Brian H - that's not a pic of budgie smugglers...
Here in Australia (where budgies are actually native birds) budgie smugglers are a kind of swimwear ...
Sorry, I got my Aussie slang wrong. I was mislead by a cryptic comment a while ago, I think. Oh, well.
Not that a waist pouch wouldn't serve the purpose ...
I have found that cargo pants are helpful on long trips and plane rides. Put the wallet in the leg pocket. Especially nice for those annual trips to Australia to see the grandchildren.
Budgie smugglers - officially reached the point of Too Much Information!
I would put napkins in that seat front pocket
I never use my hip pocket. Front pocket only