TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Notes from Portland prototype tour.

Discussion in 'Model S' started by drbradfo, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. drbradfo

    drbradfo Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Here are a couple of notes I took today during the Model S Prototype tour stop here in Portland.

    1) The doors will be frameless; no upper molding around the window
    2) Final nose of the car will be very similar to the prototype. The imagines of the Alpha are not representative of the final product.
    3) battery & powertrain is liquid cooled.
    4) Charge port location was not disclosed, but said it would not look like a gasoline cover. He said it was going to be very cool, as if designed by Apple... whatever that means. Mentioned level 3, 2 or 1 charging, but didn't indicate connector type.
    5) Center console will not be there... would be able to play footsie with the passenger.
    6) Car connected to internet
    7) front seats will have a heating option.
    8) door handles will be similar to prototype but not identical. they will be 'self deploying' with proximity detector fob.
    9) the 17" screen will be cutting edge resolution and contract. Will be very visible in direct sunlight.
  2. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Voltage makes me tingle.

    Nov 3, 2009
    Smithfield, VA
    I suppose we have to treat this as speculation, since we've heard contradictory information from Tesla representatives before, but if true the new info here is good to hear.
  3. erichmond

    erichmond Member

    Feb 21, 2011
    Portland, Oregon

    Nice job, you must have taken notes. Thanks for posting this.

    I wanted to add one fact I was surprised by. The rear wheel wells are large enough to accomodate cables for snow driving conditions. Given the aerodynamic profile of the wheel well, I was very surprised by this.

    One bit of speculation: In talking with Jerome afterward, he was quite dismissive of any charging connection other than a Tesla connector. He seemed pretty sure the final car would have the same Tesla connector as the roadster, and an adapter available for other types.

    Lastly, I have an emotional impression or two. The car is gorgeous. Great curving shape. I was however, shocked at how large it looks. I expected something about the size of a 5 series Bimmer. It seemed much bigger, especially in width. Anyone else have this impression.

  4. TEG

    TEG TMC Moderator

    Aug 20, 2006
    Yes. It is a large car. I wonder if the production version will have the same external dimensions as the concept car...?
  5. drbradfo

    drbradfo Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Yes, I was sitting on the bench to the left front of the car wearing a red Portland Timbers hat... taking notes on my iphone. My impressions of the car in person are much better then the images online... it looks awesome.

  6. malcolm

    malcolm Active Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    #6 malcolm, Apr 25, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
    Or engage cruise control and swap places :scared:

    Oh crap. That usually means a proprietory connector. Surely not. Hope he just means a cool way of hiding it.

    I'm guessing it will be behind a large motorised panel that will move up or down/pivot/rotate/slide in some coolish manner - probably the nose of the vehicle, which is why they've been changing the design of the front grille.

    Odd comparison, because I think an Apple-like design would suggests a nose more like the Alphas rather than the prototype. But this seems to be too much of a departure from "normal" car design for potential customers.

    Maybe the "no-grille" look will be available as an option. I hope so, it's kinda growing on me.

    MODERATOR'S NOTE: Ongoing discussion about charging specifics went here.
  7. widodh

    widodh Model S 85 and 100D

    Jan 23, 2011
    Middelburg, The Netherlands
    And let's end the charge discussion with that, seems to conclude it.

    Some other notes which got my attention:

    Just like the Roadster?

    Nice! Did they mention anything about the touchscreen? Software running on it?

    Which technique will it support? 3G? 4G? (LTE?) Would be great if it had support for fast internet and had a onboard WiFi access point, that would make it my mobile office..
  8. dpeilow

    dpeilow Moderator

    May 23, 2008
    Winchester, UK
    Thanks for bringing this back on topic.

    However (and this is relevant to the thread) I do not believe Tesla will keep the expensive Amphenol connector, not when they are planning to sell tens of thousands of units this time. Besides, it's already been stated that the connector will support higher currents, so unless they plan to uprate the connectors...

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.