Powered mirrors added to Tech Pkg. Was $3500 now $3750. If you want it, call ASAP to get it added to your build. If your MS isn't already on the production line you may be able to squeeze it in.
Being discussed in this topic http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/power-folding-mirrors
Whoops. Sorry about the duplicate posting!!
They are not power folding. They power tilt for parking.
@BrianH: They are indeed power folding, now.
That wouldn't be new. Mine tilt in reverse.
I wonder how they did it. Fancy hinges and levers and cables, I guess.
Can you retrofit? I would love to have this feature on mine!
They simply put an additional motor in the mirror. It's quite a simple solution, just like most solutions from Tesla. The stem has nothing to do with it.
The original "reason why not" was that the motor would thicken the stem and increase drag.
Which doesn't make an sense as an excuse, because you can just put the motor in the mirror housing like most other automakers. Was that actually an official response from Tesla? Couldn't have been...
"The original "reason why not" was that the motor would thicken the stem and increase drag."
Even if it were, it obviously wasn't the real reason. They were R&D time constrained and releasing the car a soon as possible was a priority.
I really wish people would realize that this will continue to happen. Additional features will continue to be released on an ongoing basis. Tesla obviously chose to keep adding features on the fly throughout the the model year production run. Since there are no true model year designations, they are open to make changes to the design and adjust pricing accordingly anytime they please. This is good because they can increase their margins as a result immediately instead of having to wait until the following production year to offer additional features.
@ TSLAholic: It's a great way to do things as a small automaker.
It's going to make buying a used Model S with the options you want hell, though. Such as:
This one has Tech, but textile seats: Is it early enough that it lacks memory seats because they're not leather, or was it from after that feature was added to the tech package? Etc.
One reason I thought it might not be possible to make the folding mirrors is multiple antennas are located in the mirror housing, along with the motors for the mirror adjustments and wiring for the mirror heater. The space behind the mirror was already rather packed in, so I'm actually quite surprised they could squeeze the extra motor for the folding operation. An impressive bit of engineering and I suspect not something that was easy to do.
Making complicated things seem simple, that's a beautiful thing!
Unfortunately, most manufacturers aim to please new car buyers vs. used car buyers. Such is reality.
I guess those in the preowned market could benefit from VIN range detail knowledge.
But I agree about the complexity of things. When shopping for my last car, all I needed to see was either the front of the car to check for the adaptive cruise sensor or the rear for the backup camera (both part of tech package requiring every other package I was interested in) in addition to the exterior and interior colors to know the car I'm looking at has all the features I want and nothing I don't.
From the reactions to missing out with power mirrors, I hate to imagine the reaction if TM releases a new option for a Model S 110 (with another 25 KWh bigger battery like the jump from 60 to 85). The price of being an early adopter is you get to enjoy an innovative car and all the celebrity before everyone else, but you miss all the inevitable new features that come after. Just a trade off.
Yeah, being firstest with the mostest only lasts so long. Gen II ups the ante.
@Flyshacker. I can just imagine something like that happening, when the newer higher density cells come to market.
A Model S with around 100 Kwh, combined with a fully built out Supercharger network, maybe some other engineering efficiencies worked in there, a couple of carbon fibre parts just for good measure. Now we're talking...
I actually don't miss any of the new features, incl. parking sensors or folding mirrors. As one of the earlier adopters we got our fully decked P85 at a much, much lower price than anyone ordering the car today and we had 6 more months of pure joy:-)
Adding the power folding mirrors likely was not rocket science (*wink*). Even with the antenna's in the mirror, there's plenty of room to replace the hinge by a motorized hinge. The modern mirror motors are very unobtrusive.
This is how an MS's passenger's side mirror looks like on the inside (without power folding):
And this is an example of a fairly new folding motor which clasps around the hinge (BMW mirror):
I don't know where the story about the stem not being thick enough comes from. Folding motors are always located inside of the mirror.