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Earth Day @Google - Model S

Discussion in 'Model S' started by SByer, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. SByer

    SByer '08 #383

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    #1 SByer, Apr 20, 2012
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    (I looked for another appropriate thread for the pictures, I know there is one, my searching skills failed me. Good thing I work in another part of the company ;-).

    So, #65 was here today, in Sig Red w/ a standard interior. Being one of the latest, I thought y'all would be interested in some pictures. Didn't have time to take to many (I had volunteered as a ride-a-long in the Fit EV for an hour, and things were mobbed around the Model S after that, and my phone's camera kept getting wedged and needing reboots). The interior is slowly tightening up, and in person, the console looked much better than I thought it would. It was running a newer version of the interface, which had two main parts, which could easily be swapped or expanded (full screen nav is great). I do think the lack of storage behind the seats is a little odd. The cup holders up front looked nice. The fit and finish still needs work, but it was definitely better than the earlier beta next to it.

    The door handles are really cool (yes, they were working, and working pretty well - didn't get a chance to see them working with the key). Without the electronics package, it will take (slightly) longer to get in than a normal car unless Tesla is doing something clever like extending one handle on the first unlock press on the fob and extending all on two presses. Touching the handle to extend it happens reasonably quickly, and the door was unlocking and opening before I could even get my hand down all the way to pull.

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    (It was encouraging seeing all the different EVs - some 'real' / purchasable, some lease only. I had fun chatting up EVs in the fit - I think I got about 8 people through drives around the block).
     

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  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Cool! I think that's the first time I saw the radio screen (usually see mp3s or ipod playing)
     
  3. spatterso911

    spatterso911 MSP#7577 **--** MX#1891

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    It's really strange to see signature red car with microfiber seats! Anyone else notice this?? Are they mix-matching the cars?
     
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    Apparently the cars where not charged when the picture was taken, or they have hidden the chargeport?
    I can see cables, but can't figure out if they are connected to the cars!
     
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    Centerconsole has a connection for an Ipad I see!
     
  6. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Very nice! SByer, is this area open to the public? Or, is it for Google employees alone? And, how late would they be there? Wondering if I can stop by (before my school run to Palo Alto) and take a peek; I can tap into my friend network at G to let me in if necessary...

    Good that Tesla's trying to lure atleast some G employees!
     
  7. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Thanks for posting these. First time I've seen pics of the non-leather seats.
     
  8. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Perhaps Tesla chose micro-fiber for the Earth Day Signature car intentionally -- not every thinks that leather is a good thing.
     
  9. SByer

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    The cars had been plugged in when I got there, they unplugged them during the event (11-2, Google employees only), I'm guessing so that people didn't trip over them. I get much more why they went with their own connector. Even compared to the J1772-AC, it's so much nicer. The charge ports don't open from the outside, it seems (I poked at the older one when I got back, couldn't get it to open from the outside) - not surprising.

    The micro-fiber seats were really nice to sit in. My friend Albert sat in both (I only sat in #65 before the crowds got there), and noted that the newer seats (I'm guessing that the shape is newer, but it could be the shape goes with the microfiber) fit much better - more hold without feeling like you couldn't get out of them.

    The employees at the event (I wish I were better with names, just not wired that way) were very nice when I asked about pictures, they knew where they would end up by that point. They also noted (and it was pretty easy to observe in person) that fit and finish is still getting better with each one through the line, as less and less of the car is put together by hand. It wasn't just at the joints, either, I noticed waviness in the black one in the aluminum of the hatch section (not where you would see it normally) that wasn't in #65.

    The headrests in the rear seats were different in the newer one (wish I had gotten pictures). A bit more sleek. The center console screen seems more integrated in person than in pictures (I was not expecting that).
     
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    They look nice I think!
     
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    Thank you for the pictures!

    The non-leather seats look good, I'm glad since I wasn't planning on taking the leather seat option.
    I do have concerns about the steering wheel though, it looks awful in the first interior picture.
     
  12. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    SByer, thanks for the pics.

    Looks like it was a bright day. Since the touchscreen is usually only seen indoors or at evening events, how was its visibility in the sun?
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    +1 Good question. All car manufacturers seem to tilt their screens up rather than having them vertical or even at a slight negative angle (top slightly closer to the rear of the car). A positive angle causes the sun reflect on them during certain times of the day making the screen non-readable. I suspect this may be worse in the Tesla because your hand can't cover a significant portion of the screen. It's like the designers never actually had to drive the car in the morning or afternoon.

    I haven't seen the screen in person, but if it's a glossy screen then the sun's reflection will blind the driver. Just the small amount of chrome trim around the start button on the Prius does this.
     
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    What's with the white plastic on the steering wheel?
     
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    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Bad color correction on the phone -- I'm pretty sure all the chrome pieces look white because of sun washout.
     
  16. SByer

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    Well, the screen was plenty visible, but there wasn't any direct sun on it. I had my sunglasses on, didn't seem to cause an issue. I didn't particularly notice any glare in spite of hte reflecty screen.

    Yeah, the phone camera wasn't doing very well with the high contrast situation.
     
  17. Todd Burch

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    Good to know. Based on the shadows, the sun was slightly in front of the car, so this wasn't the worst-case scenario. Having said that though, the screen appears to be plenty visible in these pics.
     
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    SByer on the case!!! great pics. I think the non leather combo looks great. it would have been nice to see more pictures.
     
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    No, that definitely white. Above the horn button is washed out, below it's not washed out at all. It's white. Contrast it to the logo and the chrome on the dash.
     
  20. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

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    Well, given that the guy who posted the photos seems to confirm that it is wash out...

    I'm taking it as the normal steering wheel (with chrome) and not some terrible evil plan by Tesla to cheap out on the materials.
     

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