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2013 Tesla Model S: Too Few Cupholders

July 25, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

A few nights ago the Oldham's pushed aside our daily intake of skinless grilled chicken breasts and kale smoothies and hit the drive-thru at the local Jack in the Box where breakfast is served 24/7 and the new slogan is Go Big or Go Hungry.

We went big.

And on the way home I discovered two things. 1) My desire for fatty fried foods is far greater than my paternal instinct. 2) The Tesla Model S is without rear seat cupholders.

"Daddy, there's nowhere to put my drink," said little Oldham #1. "Yeah, there aren't any cupholders back here," confirmed little Oldham #2.

With my bunnies fed and my belly full I took to the socialsphere and I tweeted @elonmusk about the issue. He replied quickly and politely, "Coming out soon and will be available as a retrofit."

So there. We'll follow up when that happens. In the meantime, I highly recommend the Big Waffle Stack. Just make sure you have time to take a nap after you inhale it.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 6,449 miles


Comments

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Definitely a flaw. Wonder if the rumble seats have cupholders? But how nice is that response from the company/CEO. The rest of the industry takes the "you're not using it right" approach to customer service and refinement based on feedback. (Customers complain about MyFordTouch screen interface and the response is "you should use voice commands." Customers complain about cupholders in certain German luxury cars and the response is "you should focus on driving.") Musk could easily have said something like, "just focus on driving" or "we don't want to hurt our range lugging around Big Gulps." Instead he said, 'we hear you, we're changing the design, and we'll fix existing cars too.' Awesome. But anything on what must be the smallest rear head restraints I've seen in a full size family car?

  • smudge12 smudge12 Posts:

    It seems like a really odd thing to miss the first time around, especially considering the model was initially made for well-to-do customers in North American markets. Oh well, at least Tesla's resolving the issue.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Hmmm...I think my GTI could use a couple more horsepower...wait, I think I'll just just tweet Ferdinand Piëch and see what he has to say about that. Whatever responses Joe Blow is getting from car makers, he's not getting it from chairman/CEO. Like your average owner is going to get a response like the editor-in-chief of Edmunds does.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    How very Tesla to have a component worked out but introduced later as a retrofit. That's not a complaint - with any other car company you'd have to buy a whole new car at a redesign if you wanted cupholders that were left out the first time around. Seems odd at first, but if you've grown up with smartphone apps having updates automatically available, it makes sense.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    @stovt001: On the other hand, at "any other car company" they would have had cupholders for the rear-seat passengers in the initial build. This seems like reaching for a reason to praise Tesla. Really, can you name any car, at any price point

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    @fordson1: On the other hand at "any other car company" they wouldn't have a car that could do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds on the equivalent of 100mpg while releasing ZERO emmissions into our atmosphere and never need maintenance on a transmission, fuel

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Breathe, dunning15. The flaw is your crappy analogy is that no one expects a 911 should haul a chest of drawers. But the demographic that wants cupholders is the entire car-buying populace (since all cars have them), so yeah - I think a luxury sedan with a giant back seat needs them back there. I work at a Fortune 100 company that designs and builds car interiors, among other things, and nobody here has any idea how such a car got all the way through design without anyone addressing that. Go to Teslamotors.com and look at the forums - they are loaded with owners bitching about no cupholders, no door pockets, no grab handles, no coat hooks, no lighted vanity mirrors - if you don't believe me.

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    Bah Humbug Scrooge of the Edmunds long term review! It is YOU that should breathe and think about what you are saying. If you want coat hooks, lighted vanity mirrors, grab handles, cup holders and door pockets by all means please go out and by the new Mercedes S-Class. Hell, that thing can drive itself, massage the occupants and even dispense some sweet fragrance of your choice from an atomizer cleverly placed in the glovebox. Just as a Porsche 911 is ludicrous as a vehicle to haul equipment the Model S isn't about all of the creature comforts. It's a 100K luxury vehicle with emphasis on ELECTRIC POWER and PERFORMANCE. If you want all of those little creature comforts (I'll add a few for you - grid lines on the backup camera, front and rear audible sensors, a center console with more drink holders, etc.) then you are looking at the wrong car. Tesla focused on the features that make this car the game changer that it is. The creature comforts will come. It's like Edmunds reviewing the new S-class and saying "well it's got this huge hump in the middle of the backseat that doesn't allow the third person to be any larger than an infant". Uh yeah, it's the transmission.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    @dunning15: I think you are taking a small, yet accurate, complaint a little too hard. You're right, the Tesla is all about electric power, and it does a great job, but having achieved that doesn't excuse it from complaints of an oversight. Don't tell me

  • jolinar jolinar Posts:

    It's interesting that so many people wants such a useless thing as cupholders :D I've never used it in any car so I really don't understand it... However there are more important things like door pockets which would be appreciated.

  • evjuice evjuice Posts:

    Tesla's cupholders: http://shop.teslamotors.com/collections/model-s One of three aftermarket: http://shop.tlcentral.com/store/pc/MagnaGrip-Oversized-Cup-Holder-p1129.htm (watch video)

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