Power Folding Mirrors

Did power folding mirrors just get added to the tech package? Looks like a small increase in price but a great feature

Wow! Really? They couldn't have added that when they did the whole price change! Wouldn't have been nice to have!

DAMN! "WOULD have been nice to have!"

The boost air resistance because a motor needs to go in the stem, making it much less aerodynamic. Mirrors already account for 5% of drag.

And, will this be available for upgrades for current owners???

@Brian H maybe they fold while driving :)

Where do you see that this feature is now available?

I think they fold when playing poker.

@ turtle171

Folding mirrors are now listed under the Tech Package as of 10/17:

Tech Package

The Tech Package adds a host of features to an already advanced car.
•Onboard maps and navigation for North America with free updates for 7 years
•Daytime LED running lights
•LED cornering lights
•Automatic keyless entry
•Lighted door handles
•Electrochromatic mirrors
•Power folding, heated side mirrors
•Power liftgate
•GPS enabled Homelink
•Memory seats, mirrors, and driver profile

@Brian H: There's no reason the motor has to be in the stem. You could easily put a small motor inside the existing mirror housing without changing the exterior appearance at all.

Oh how I hope this doesn't turn into folding-mirror-gate.

The price also increased today on the tech package and the car!

Have emailed my sales person asking if my S85 with Tech Package option,which I ordered 19 days ago and is scheduled for early December delivery, will have the heated power folding side mirrors. It's a nice feature. I seriously doubt they will produce a significant amount of extra drag at speed.

@cbassdriver: Pricing looks identical to the one I ordered two weeks ago when $250 increase on the tech package is factored in. The price of the car remained unchanged.

Yep, says it right there in the lust of Tech Package features: "Power folding, heated side mirrors".

It seems to have added $250 to the price of the package: it's $3,750 now, whereas I paid $3,500 less than a month ago.

I'd bet a fair amount of money that there is no external physical difference in the mirrors...

I think as Tesla adds more features, the previous explanations as to why those features were missing in the first place will be exposed as b*llsh*t. For instance, when prospective buyers came here to ask about the lack of power folding mirrors, tons of people came on board to say it wasn't possible due to the highly aerodynamic mirror stems, etc., that the motor wouldn't fit.

I hope this is a humbling experience to those who made those statements.

I think its more likely that they thought they couldn't do it, then found a way to solve the problem.

It's almost like asking why the iPhone isn't thinner/smaller/faster/lighter/tougher. "Well, it's as (something) as we could make it." But then somehow it gets (something)er.

@Amped: tons of people came on board to say it wasn't possible due to the highly aerodynamic mirror stems, etc., that the motor wouldn't fit.
People actually said that? That's depressing. An electric motor can just as easily be in the part the moves as the part that's stationary.

Dah, hit submit too soon.

The likely reality is that they're a new and relatively small automaker, and had to pick and choose where to focus resources. Some of the luxuries weren't a high priority, so were put on the back burner.

Now that the car is starting mature, they're able to go back to those features they wanted to add but didn't have the resources to complete.


Agree that there seem to be a goodly number of armchair experts that will defend Tesla no matter what but @mjs's explanation seems to be logical.

Also, remember when EU got parking sensors first? Perhaps they've had them in development but had to launch the car.

Or there was a supplier problem . . .

I never heard they couldn't do because of aerodynamics. Volkerize doesn't seem to find anything except:

"They thought that it could not be done,
Some even said they knew it,
But he faced up to what could not be done...
And he couldn't bloody do it!"

(Benny Hill for you youngn's)

This also shows that Tesla is listening to its customers and adding requested features. I think that's great.

I recall seeing statements about aerodynamics too, but you can never find things in these forums.

We'll see if I can get the mirrors in my build. Here's hoping they got some in stock before they announced :)

Agreed with mjs. I don't think it was the aerodynamics, I think it was to deliver more important things and the whole car on time.

Remember a while ago a post quoting Tesla's open position for a mirror engineer? I guess they hired them and they did their job!

Darn closed >

bad 2 for 2 :-(

Just upgraded my build for order confirmed Oct 10. Thanks, all you sharp-eyed folks!

So mine is due in December. Does that mean it will include the new mirrors or the old? Need I pay $250 more to get them? Definitely, they are a feature I want!

You need to ask for the change to your order. It will increase the price by $250.

Unimportant feature to me. One more thing to break.

Just added it to my late november build for $250!! It will make parking in my garage a lot easier.