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Frunk for all your junk

Discussion in 'Future Cars' started by Vitold, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Vitold

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    When model S was unveiled frunk was a bonus feature that (positively) surprised many. I think it's time for frunk makover.

    1. larger (as in longer, not necessarily taller or wider due to Cd) frunk would offer additional safety in frontal collisions, from small overlap to full head on collisions with trucks...or walls. Large frunk would add extra crumple zone erasing disadvantage that small cars have in collisions with larger, heavy cars.

    2. larger frunk would protect car's internals better in slower collisions.

    3. cars with longer front do look more powerful :smile:

    I think it's time to make frunk a mainstay feature of EV vehicles and Tesla should innovate ways to make front trunk access easier and more convenient.
     
  2. Oba

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    Like the VW Beetle, the frunk should have a provision for an optional spare tire.
     
  3. wayner

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    They first thing they need to do is they need to make the frunk close by motor just like the trunk. I rarely use the frunk since it is a PITA to close and I am worried about putting a dent in the hood. And if your hood is dirty your hands will get covered in gunk while closing the frunk.
     
  4. Beaker

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    I'd love a retro fit.
     
  5. Uncle Paul

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    Model X looks like it will have a huge Frunk.
     
  6. Vitold

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    I think due to regulations (pedestrian safety) hood needs to be soft and pliable. Electric motor for the hood sounds like great first step in making it more useful.
     
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    If you're at a speed where the size of the frunk impacts occupant safety, you're way beyond the "slow collision" realm.

    Total ICE mentality -- longer nose equals bigger engine. I think a longer nose on the S would look ridiculous. YMMV.

    Dirty? You let your Model S get dirty? :scared:

    The trunk opens waaaay too wide for my garage (no tech package) and since I pull in nose-first it's far safer for me to use the frunk than the trunk.
     
  8. Phillip L

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    I have the Dual motor and I find the frunk so small that I virtually never use it. I have seen the non- dual motor frunk and it looks really useful because of the larger size.
     
  9. Vitold

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    It's not just speed that matters but weight. Heavier vehicle will win unless lighter vehicle can absorb the extra force. Example video here: Mercedes C vs smart fortwo - Crash test - YouTube
    We are discussing future cars here :) Although S has all the right proportions, as you go down in price and cars is more utilitarian, I say, don't cut out empty engine compartment in front - make it useful.
     

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