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Cup Holders and Arm Rests???

I was able to place my order before I even test drove the Model S. After test driving it, I can't believe I am buying a $90,000+ car with only 2 cup holders that are in such an ackward place. My first car 20 years ago at least had a few more cup holders and a rear seat arm rest....

Soflauthor met with George B to discuss the CCI. There may be a convergence of ideas/product.

A bit late in the game for versions 1.0, but ...

I emailed TM and their reply was:

The Opportunity Console is currently under review by our executive team. After review, if no changes are needed it would be going into production. I do not have a final timeline for its completion at this time. Opportunity Consoles would be available for purchase from our Service centers and would not need to be a factory installed option. In fact, our intent is that for ease of use and customizability, they would be removable and easily interchangeable.

So I guess we don't know when but maybe by the spring, I hope.

Perhaps, to put an end to the (rear) cupholder issue, someone should post a question on the bulletin board.

This is fantastic. A brand new totally novel ground up inovative product is being produced by a cash tight start up taking on the titans of the industry (Audi, BMW, MB, etc....) and it is taking hits for cup holders.

Tesla, read this as VERY good news :)

bill +1 :-)

"Ya, ya. You've got the best car and the best value for $ in the biz. Great.

Now, about those cupholders and vanity mirrors and junkholders ...."

We will NOT let our cupholders go without a fight. My Mazda Miata hit the right ratio - twice as many cupholders as seats. Now if only they hadn't blown it with sun visors that don't pivot to the side.............

Deal breaker, definitely.

"Waddya mean no cupholders? Waddya think we are, German??"

don't drink and drive ;)

@mrspaghet - agree completely. I think I'm going to give my Model S away in protest.

Will the cupholders be required to be smaller in New York? :o)

don't drink and drive ;)

But if you have the air suspension, you have less of a chance of spilling your drink if you hit a bump.

For a real smoothness test, drink beer from the bottle, with a straw.

You need hands free system for cars, so straw and bottle doesn't work. You need one of those beerhats one can spot on sport events. That could double as cupholder. Maybe Tesla could add one in their stores.

Timo, forget about it. Not enough headroom. :-P

One hand for the bottle, one for the wheel ... what's the problem? Of course, the bottle may be too cold. But ale should be drunk warm anyway. Lager is OK, but boring. Guinness, on the other hand, is good for you.

hey, I just found great idea how to live without cup holders :)

One nice thing about the two cup holders that are in my new S are that Tesla made them with a sliding cover. Great for those times when I want to hide something when parking in public. When covered they just blend into the interior.

First of all... I love this car. Period.

At this price point; however, the interior is missing the "Creature Comforts" I've come to expect from a premium luxury sedan. Tesla Motors compares/guarantees the Model-S's three year residual price to be comparable to that of a Mercedes.

Well interior refinements are no comparison to the Mercedes or my Lexus LS-460 for that matter. Leather quality, Seat cushions, Stitching, Cup holders, Use-able door pouches, Kangaroo pouches behind the front seats, Garment hooks in the back... the list goes on. Not to mention the wood grain is going the wrong way. A horizontal trim piece with vertical wood grain... What's with that?

Tesla, I love your power and simplicity. Yet my but has to sit in this seat for 90 minutes or more per day. There are some refinements that luxury sedan owners have come to expect and that bar is set pretty high by the Germans, Japanese, and yes the Americans. As in all other areas of this car, Tesla can/should set the standard in these areas just as they have done in performance and exterior styling.



Did you get that cup holder from the online store. I have been looking and can't find it listed. I was looking for a blonde or brunette one to match my interior. Also need the one sized for a 64 ounce thirst buster.

Center Console Insert is the way to go for this to match the interior look and they're coming with a rear seat cup holder/storage solution to (it says in the blog) in the aftermarket:

At National Plug-In day in Long Beach this weekend I met a guy who showed me a rear-seat cupholder solution he had designed and built and which he said he is talking to teslaccessories about marketing.

He had replaced the sliding arm rests of the front console with ones that were full length and which had cupholders embedded near the back end. When the armrests are slid back to expose the front cup holders, the rear (with these cupholders) then protruded several inches into the rear compartment.

It was a very elegant solution, and one which I wish Tesla had adopted for theirs. If this comes in at all reasonably priced, I will likely buy them.

@daddyfixit - at home I am called "daddyfindit"


That's a pretty clever idea. Just a 4-inch longer (to the rear) center arm rest with a cup-sized hole in the back part would be a reasonable solution. When pushed back to uncover the front cup holder, the "holder" would be exposed to the back seat passenger. I'm sure someone could get really fancy, but even a built-in cup holder in the "extension" would be workable, even moreso when pushed rearward. I can't imagine this (a replacement arm rest) would be terribly expensive either.

@Jolinar - now that's a unique solution, but, won't work for us guys! :)

Along with: -- (folks that make the CCI and soon kangaroo pouches and rear seat cup holders), there are also some some cool cup holder accessories at:

Also, more options listed at: too.

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