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Leather gone? All interior options vegan?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by CameronB, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. CameronB

    CameronB Member

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    Looks like Tesla has refreshed the color options for seats/interiors. Added a new "creme" color. But it seems all references to leather for the seats/seating surfaces has been removed. So it appears that perhaps all of these new color seats are the synthetic "vegan leather". Interesting if that's true
     
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  2. David29

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    Seems curious (or possibly a bit clumsy) that the website does not make it clear what the material is. Someone ordering for the first time might assume the seat material is leather OR might want to know what the material is. It is also interesting that the design studio still has a special message pop up on the white upholstery, saying it holds up well and so on, but nothing similar on the other colors that we know think are the same or similar material,.
     
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    Why do they call it leather if its not?
    Another reason NOT to buy a Tesla :(
     
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  4. Derek Kessler

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    The synthetic leather they used for the white seats is really nice.
     
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    boaterva Supporting Member

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    They don't call it leather, it's 'premium'; I agree they should make clear that all three are the same and have the same cleaning/durability characteristics.

    All of Tesla’s seat options are now vegan
     
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    EV-lutioin Active Member

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    Interesting move... if true. Eliminating leather in a high priced car is risky, but Tesla never seems to shy away from risk. PETA will love it.
     
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    They don't.

    probably best to return to your Ford S-Max site then
     
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  8. AmpedRealtor

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    It's no longer leather, yet they still charge the same premium? Sounds like a "screw the customer" move to me. Seems like we've seen a lot of this coming out of Tesla recently. While I eat a plant-based diet myself, I think charging the same for vinyl (or whatever it is) as leather in a $70,000+ car is shameful.
     
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  9. boaterva

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    You don't think it's worth the extra cost over fabric? I think it definitely is compared to leather that we've seen can and does wrinkle *before* the first time the owner sees it! This definitely is a better answer if the new colors are equivalent to the white that has been around for a while. Another reason to get a look at one of the new production cars (X with 7 seat folddown's and now in the new black or cream).
     
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    #10 SageBrush, Jul 22, 2017
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    Who was the nasty that decided to call these polymer coverings "vegan leather ?"

    Plastics will do fine
    And speaking as a vegan-ish person with environmental sensitivities, I like plastic in my house plumbing but not as a covering where it becomes part of the great mountain of immortal trash in the ocean in just a few years.
     
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  11. Magus

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    The synthetic seats are superior to the leather material. This is no downgrade.
     
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  12. anticitizen13.7

    anticitizen13.7 Enemy of the Status Quo

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    Tesla says that the synthetic is the best. I also know a Model X owner with the white seats and they really like them (this owner is def not vegan either).
     
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    No one pumps oil just to make plastics.
     
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    Yea say that to all the luxury car buyers. There's no lack of leather being used on those $200k+ ultra luxury or hyper cars.
     
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    Is 'vegan leather' sorta like 'used virgin'?

    Oxymoronic...

    In any case, fabric is better for comfort. Don't believe it? Try some leather underwear...
     
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    There is that leather smell, which can be quite nice in a car, if that's your thing. Maybe Tesla will give us a bottle of leather scent with our vegan seats? ;)
     
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    I'm skeptical (as usual). Just because the language changed on the design studio, with no other official word or tweet from Tesla... I'm thinking it was just some PC wordsmithing. Premium might still mean "leather", they're just not saying that explicitly. If they were vegan seats, just say that!
     
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    I didn't say they did ... although they would if oil was not also being used for combustion. What was your point, anyways ?

    By the way, while plastics often use petroleum as a feed stock it is not a given. There is no lack of two carbon molecules that can be polymerized. The base molecule of vinyl is an alcohol.
     
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    Works for Germans...

    Lederhosen.jpg
     
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    Notice how much beer he had to drink to wear that...
     
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