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No fully leather-free (vegan) option being planned for the Model 3

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by PrimumViveri, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. PrimumViveri

    PrimumViveri New Member

    Mar 4, 2018
    San Diego
    There has been a lot of discussion of the materials used inside the Model 3, and whether there are vegan-friendly options. When it was announced last summer that Tesla was switching to a non-leather synthetic material for all its seating/interior, media coverage widely touted this as a win for those seeking cruelty-free alternatives. The one possible exception was the leather-wrapped steering wheel, but articles mention that alternatives have been made available upon request.

    I recently received an invite to configure my Model 3, and didn't see any mention of the steering wheel material in the process, so I contacted support. Unfortunately, based on the response, it does not seem to be possible (or even planned) to have a fully leather-free Model 3:

    > Please be advised that the steering wheels in all Model 3’s at this time are wrapped with leather.

    > Please be advised that the interior is made with a premium engineered material, with the exception of the steering wheel. As it stands now, we haven’t been made aware of plans to change the steering wheel material.

    I wanted to post this as to advise anyone who might be assuming that the "non-leather interior" includes the steering wheel. My hope is that an alternative will be made available soon, otherwise I'll be canceling my reservation.
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  2. 03DSG

    03DSG Closed

    Apr 5, 2016
    Conflicting information, following thread Post #1:

    Model 3's Non-Leather Steering Wheel

    After learning that Model S and X have leather steering wheels as standard, I was concerned about what the Model 3 would have. Though some folks have requested vegan steering wheels for their cars, it was hard for me to imagine the same for the Model 3.

    I sent an email to Tesla sales to ask for more information. The steering wheel on the Model 3 does not have leather. Yay! But the entire car may not be vegan, however. Boo.

    Here's the response:

    Tesla Sales said:

    My name is Chanel and I’m an Inside Sales Advisor here at Tesla. Thank you for your interest in our vehicles and products. Model 3’s are leather-free because unlike Model S/X, Model 3 does not have a leather steering wheel. Please be aware that our interiors are not 100% vegan due to various adhesives that may not be actually vegan; however, It is free of any animal hides. I hope this information helps!
    • Informative x 1
  3. Mr X

    Mr X Future Owner

    Jan 18, 2013
    Simi Valley, CA
    Is it really that bad?

    If you do, I move up one spot. Tanks
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