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Interested in 3rd row seat ventilation?

Chris TX

Active Member
Sep 30, 2013
Dallas, TX
I'm currently fabricating a ventilation system which pulls the air from the 2nd row to the rear facing seats. My kids get hot/cold back there and I needed a solution. Here are my goals with this system:

1. Make it look as much like an OEM unit as possible
2. Quiet and yet providing enough air to be effective
3. The system only blows air from the 2nd row. It does not heat or cool.
4. Easily installed and removed
5. Low current draw
6. Compatible with all markets (US, EU, AP)

I'm making them for my kids first and they'll get the benefit of the prototyping. However, if the demand is high enough, I'll gladly mass produce these. The addition of the sun shade for the rear hatch will help a lot, and I'm getting it as soon as it comes out, but here in Texas the summer heat is going to be a big deal.

When some of the molding is done, I'll post pictures here. Once I get an idea of manufacturing costs, I can give an estimate on pricing.
Let me know if you want on the list.


Well-Known Member
Dec 20, 2012
Nine months ago I would have said yes. After tinting the rear window and buying a small 12v fan I think I can get by. I still think this is an area that Tesla needs to improve. I hope they learn from this and apply it to the X.


Sep 2, 2013
Now that it's the hottest part of summer, just wondering if you had any luck? Our third row is now unusable without some modifications.

I have asked Tesla about this multiple times also. They need to address this as otherwise the third row is useless on many days of the year.


Supporting Member
Supporting Member
Jan 24, 2013
SF Bay Area
We're using the third row for the first time, visiting LA for a few weeks and transporting our 3 yo granddaughter to and from preschool. I took the opportunity, after she complained of the heat, to have the 3M Crystallate film installed in the rear and sides, with the rear and back two windows getting the 30% transparency and the front sides getting 70% transparency. Then I also added the Tesla screen for the back window. That plus a battery operated fan recommended on a different thread, and a big sun hat, did the trick.

I would still be interested in more air flow in the back.

Thanks for working on the problem.


Apr 16, 2014
United Kingdom
Yes absolutely, very interested. Haven't tinted anything yet (and probably won't as we come to the end of UK summer) but will definitely want something in place by the time mid-2015 comes around.


Active Member
May 23, 2013
The Tesla sun shade and the portable fan have done the trick for us, at least for the short trips we take using the jump seat. But I would be interested in something slightly less ad hoc than the portable fan, since that requires remembering to make sure you have a charged fan battery (oh, the irony--the fan battery is the biggest range anxiety I have).


Nov 5, 2012
Houston, Texas
Does anybody have the rear liftgate sun shade? http://shop.teslamotors.com/products/rear-liftgate-sunshade

It is at effective as tinting for keeping the temps down in the rear seats?

I have tinted windows and I recently bought the sunshade. I took the kids on a 3 hour road trip in the Texas heat and had zero complaints about cabin temperature. I don't think the shade is as effective as tinting but definite augments the effect.

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