Today it states the Center Console is coming soon but also says available Fall of 2013. Has anyone heard when it will be ready and what the cost is...
I sent a console wait-list request to Tesla last Friday and got a reply today which says, in part:
"We estimate the console will be available to those recently added to the list in March of next year. Below is the pricing and availability information that was sent to customers on the waitlist. ... Depending on décor choice, the Premium Center Console ranges from $600-$800 as an option with new vehicle orders and from $800-$1000 as a service installed aftermarket accessory. The difference in price is due to increased expense related to shipping and installation time at the local Tesla service center. ... As an early Model S owner we recognize that the Premium Center Console option was not available at the time you ordered. Therefore, we are offering you the Premium Center Console at the new vehicle order price. Shipping and service installation are complimentary. ... We are also offering the iPhone 5/S lightning cable dock kit or the micro USB dock kit at no additional charge. There will not be a dock kit available for phones that use other charging cables (iPhone 4, etc.). ... We are excited to announce that we have the first console samples installed in our Model S and we are going forward with production. The production rate will take some time to ramp up and the first few batches of consoles will be small. In the next couple of weeks we will start sending out emails to those at the top of the waitlist with links to place orders for the console, and we will begin delivering the first batch of consoles shortly after that. We do not have the exact delivery timing for each waitlist entry so please bear with us as we work our way down the list and send out ordering information as more consoles become available."
Great news if all factual. Called my sales rep to see if I can add it to my order already scheduled for late Jan delivery. Awaiting reply.
@Burt - The email response I received from Tesla 3 weeks ago is the same response @Pettifogger got last week saying the console will be available to the wait list in March. Hoping, like you, to have it done during my build I also contacted my delivery specialist and was told that I would have to wait until March also.
thanks, tflack. Don't want to do anything to delay my order...
Aftermarket center console insert options start at $550 and are already available too:
I wonder what it is about Tesla's CC that requires Service Center installation? The one I have from Tesla Accessories is an easy drop-in and it stays put.
Tesla appears to have opted for an installed vs. drop-in design - having the console locked into the vehicle.
If there was ever an accident - it may be safer to have the console attached than loose. And Tesla wouldn't want the console to become a safety issue and risk losing their status as the safest car on the market.
The waiver of the installation fee for current Model S owners means we won't be penalized by adding the console now since it wasn't available when we purchased our cars.
After that, owners will pay an installation fee to have the console added after delivery, which is reasonable.
In the event of an accident, I would probably not want a center console projectile flying around inside of the car at high speed.
The CCI from teslaccessories drops right in, but strangely, doesn't just pop out. It's like those Chinese finger cuffs :)
The only way it could pop out would be a rollover of some type (& I don't think that's going to happen).
The CCI is quite secure in place. I'm more concerned about the rear view mirror that became detached from the mount and went flying all over the place in the crash test videos.
I prefer to have the removable third-party solution so I can deinstall it easily for more space if necessary. In an accident I'd have more concern of injury from a flying floormat than from the teslaccesories console. Horizontal and vertical motion are both limited to millimeters, unless specially positioned for removal. This tells me the Tesla solution has less flexibility at a roughly equivalent price. How is this superior to the Teslaccesories product which is available now?
Let's put it this way, if the Center Console is part of the Model S when they first shipped, we don't have this discussion, do we? The open platform is good for some but not for many of us. Either way, the Center Console is not the most important criteria to purchase the Model S. Tesla realizes the "lack of" based on the many complaints since Day 1 (too many treads about this topic on Tesla and TMC sites), we now have a $600-$800 CC with complimentary installation. I think the price is quite reasonable as compared to the third party version such as the CCI.
Would I have to put down any money to get on the waiting list or can I just send an email?
Just send an email...
The Tesla center console is a much more functional design and it looks more chic than the Teslaccessories CCI product. Tesla's solution is also much less expensive. I applaud Teslaccessories for filling a void, but their designs show a lack of sophistication. Take a look at their "kangaroo pocket" solution:
I don't know anyone who would intentionally install something so hideous in their vehicle. I would suggest a cheaper option: just glue some adult diapers to the back of your front seats! I'm just poking fun, but Teslaccessories needs a better designer.
Still have my gray leather/gloss obeche custom CCI for sale. As new, now reduced to $300 plus shipping, cost $1,200 new a few months ago. Why would AnYONE buy a CCI when I am just about giving one away? Seems the aftermarket for center consoles has gone soft...
@Pungoteague_Dave - Interested, email me at email@example.com
Has anybody considered Avantelle, mentioned at Teslatap sight. Appears to be superior design, but not in production as of this writing. I am already on their wait list.
Once Tesla begins producing their console - it's likely they will stick with that design for quite a while, since the console design is not a major selling point for the car.
This provides 3rd party vendors an opportunity to improve on Tesla's design and adapt their products.
It's great owners will have multiple options - and personal taste will determine which of the options they like best. As the number of Model S cars continues to grow - hopefully we'll also see a growing number of 3rd party accessory options...
As for the installation of the Tesla console - we don't yet know what that entails - whether it is a permanent installation - or that it might still be user removable.
My console is in!! And installed - I believe we were the first installs in the San Diego area. It looks amazing and I have photos but don't know how to post.
Pros: Looks very polished and "richer" than the open space
Cons: IPhone doc plug is too short to accommodate a case. Weird oversight, as I believe most of us have cases (?). So, essentially the doc is not useable to us.
No ambient lighting inside storage unit. Makes it impossible to see anything in there! Again - strange oversight.
There is a large space underneath the docking area that items easily slide back into - which is hidden and difficult to get to. My husband "lost" his phone in there and only after driving about a mile to the golf course where he assumed he left it, he heard the phone jostle about and realized it was in this 'hinterland"
There are curved inserts to accommodate cups. But, no straight ones to divide the large area. Hard to explain - have photos. But, this is an easy fix for Tesla. No need (IMO) for the additional cup holders, but much more practical for dividers.
So the "official" Tesla Motors center console has started shipping? Who installed it - you or a service center?
"No ambient lighting inside storage unit. Makes it impossible to see anything in there! Again - strange oversight."
Maybe a USB LED light bar with an on/off switch would solve that problem? Something like this?
Neil, does the center console cover the USB ports? Or are they still visible?
While I am not Neil, the USB ports are still accessible.
This is based on:
And the quote on the same page:
"Décor matched flip-up deck with rubber grips and a pass-through for USB and power cables"
Hope that helps.
Thanks Alex. Wonder how long the wait is going to be if I order it now.
The dock that has the USB is connected to the existing USB. The dock male part is not long enough to accommodate a case, but can accommodate the iPhone without one.
The center console covers the USB with a slide down door - when in the open position, the dock is exposed (and you can see your phone). I can send photos if you message me to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope that clarifies.
Mari (Neil's wife)
Oh - and the San Diego Tesla Service Center installed it. Took them about 30 minutes - and, as usual, they were terrific.
To add to this conversation:
Avantelle Center Console is ready to ship!
- Easy drop in console
- Enclosed compartment
- Two cup holders with retractable arms
- NFC chip
- Carbon fiber surface finish
- $679.99 + SH
Our product got some unexpected holiday delays but it is ready to deliver!
Any chance that you could post some photos? I would love to see what we have in store for us...
+1 on the photo request. Angles different from those on the Tesla store site would be great if possible.