I live in Dallas where summer temps can exceed 100 degrees and often park at golf course for at least. 5 hours. I definitely use sunshades but almost burnt off the skin of my hands when I touched the metal handles. Any suggestions?
Gloves? Cloth? Park with handles in shade? Enter through another door first? Get model X if it will have power assisted door opening?
Yep, same thing here in California. You know about it. Take a handkerchief or oven mitts.
Shade? In Dallas? R u kidding me ?
I'm also in Dallas and experienced "too hot to handle" last week. I'll ask the service center about a insulated film to place on inside edge of handle. So upon presentation, use tips of fingers on inside edge to open?
Plasti-dip, or wrapping... Either might suffice.
much ado about nothing. use gloves safest thing
First World Problem!
In summer, you frequently are in short sleeves, so you don't have a shirt cuff to use to open it with, and I find it both ridiculous and sad that it is an actual suggestion that I should carry a glove (or oven mitt?) around in my pocket in the summer to open a car door handle. This was a very short-sighted stupid design flaw that they were obviously told about since 2012, and it still has not been fixed. Really, a plastic lining on the inside is all this would need.
I doubt that Aluminum would get that hot. The cast handles do get warm in the sun. Any metallurgist in the house ? Chrome really looks cool !
Would not have this problem if the parking lot had some trees...What about encouraging planting some in those parking lots?
Yes a first world problem, but there are 2 types of first world problems that get mixed up by almost everyone - real problems and stupid problems. A toaster that only burns toast is a genuine problem. Feeling let down because your regular masseuse needed a day off... not going to get much sympathy.
Excessively hot door handles is an issue. I don't know how hot it is, how easy it would be for Tesla to fix it, or whether I could find an easy work around - but worth considering.
@KWTESLA, it's beyond warm. In desert climates, the sun is intense, and the handles do burn your fingers if you touch it for more than a partial second. Yeah, the chrome looks great, and they don't need to mess that up. They could put some kind of plastic on the inside edge, where you pull on it, so that it still looks chrome on the outside.
Also in Dallas. Anticipating the problem of burning my hand, i very quickly pulled on the handle with two fingers. Got away lucky with no burn and fingers able to function ;)
since you play golf, perhaps you were lucky and could have used that towel that all those really good golfers use, and not burn your hand and thus prevent ruining your grip, correct?
I will most likely take a small cloth or towel with me when it is that hot and adapt to the issue. Tesla, I assume, is aware of the issue.
How about putting a trip of tape on the inside of the handle?
A strip of foam tape might work. Is there enough clearance?
@DTsea, I have heard of people putting some adhesive backed foam rubber on the inside edge of the handle to pull on, and that is probably what I will do. I think the bigger issue is that this should be built right, rather than people having to glue things onto their door handles, carry towels, gloves, etc. to open their doors.
The only other option would be plastic handles. I don't think that would fly with you folks.
How about a solar roof option to keep the interior AND handles cool during hot summer days?
(I leave it to experts who would know how to do this.)
Chromed metal is a bad choice for heat retention. Even though a fair amount of sunlight is reflected, the heat that is absorbed is retained. Chrome is the worst surface for radiating heat. If you haven't learned how to do the quick touch to open the doors, then the best option is to add a thin insulator such as weatherstripping on the inside of the handle.
Don S nailed it, I think. Chrome is lousy at dumping heat radiatively.
You are aware that the Model S door handles are auto retracting and do so as soon as you exit/enter the vehicle, leaving the part of the handle your fingers actually come into contact with essentially shaded from the Sun all day long...Yes?
I'm calling B.S.
Golf gloves for golfers in Dallas.
@just an allusion, your theory that the shaded side of a solid piece of metal does not get hot is so bogus versus what many of us experience every day in real life. I'm not disputing your right to say it; I'm just saying it's incorrect.
just an illusion:
In comparison, put a metal spoon in a pot of boiling water. The part of the spoon that is not in the boiling water gets hot too. You will burn your hand if you touch it.
(Please do not try this at home.)
This is what people are experiencing with the hot handles. The part holds heat, and will be hot to the touch, even the shaded part.
There's this stuff called 'paint' that has worked for a couple of decades at least on automotive door handles...
@Rocky_H & holidayday
Yes, I fully understand the phenomena of heat transference through conduction, though I've never experienced 'too-hot' handles before, & so, am unfamiliar.
I withdraw my call of "B.S."
Where you live, just_an_allusion? I am wondering if this is mainly a desert climate issue. Maybe the lack of moisture has something to do with how much radiant energy is getting through the air and/or how there is not moisture in the air to absorb heat and regulate the temperature of things.
I used to live in a very humid muggy area in Bowling Green KY and then lived in Bowling Green and Toledo OH. The sun's effects seemed to be way less because of all the humidity. Daytime high to nighttime low temperature swing was about 10 degrees or less. When I moved to the desert in Idaho, I was really surprised that the high to low temperature swing was about 40 degrees, and the sun heats things up like crazy.
Thanks for retracting the B.S. remark--that was a bit irritating.
Well, it's like this see, the automotive industry has been manufacturing automobiles with polished/chromed metal handles for over a century, many of which have been sold in, or whose owners reside in, areas around the World that enjoy sweltering, scorching, even sizzling climates, and yet not one report of someone 'burning the flesh off of their hand(s)', let alone blistering them.
It is for this reason that I feel that zeitmanp is purposely being a bit overzealous in their accounting of the matter as a means of belittling our ever embattled EV/marque of choice, & so I'm viewing their input on the matter as little more than the B.S. the typical troll banters about on these forums.
So, B.S. I say, B.S. because I find their dig nonsensical, not because of the physics behind heat conduction.
The standard chrome handle is a flat loop projecting from the car, exposed to air and wind, and able to generate its own convection currents. The TM handle is recessed, exposed only on the outer surface, and with no air channels around it.
You don't like the door handles, don't buy the car!
There, problem solved...You've managed to talk yourself out of buying the most innovative, progressive, technologically advanced automobile ever/produced in the last 125+ years, and all because you found the door handle a little hot to the touch (a long commonplace phenomena of automotive nomenclature) one day.
Congratulations! That's very forward thinking of you.