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Plastic Accelerator Pedal of Tesla

Discussion in 'Model S' started by SocalMS, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. SocalMS

    SocalMS Member

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    Since I've been driving a Tesla, I noticed something "odd" feeling about the accelerator pedal.

    I couldn't quite put my finger on it..

    Was it the location, the height, way it's located close to the carpet side wall?

    The other day, I reached down and "touched" the accelelerator pedal, and realized it's made of light plastic.

    Not only is the accelartor pedal made of the plastic, but so is the arm that attatches it to the main vehicle.

    And there is no rubber coating on the surface of the pedal...

    Unlike the break pedal that's made of metal and has a nice rubber coating on the surface.

    PLEASE TESLA, MAKE YOUR PEDALS OUT OF METAL AND COVER THEM W/ NON-SLIP RUBBER.

    Tesla Accelerator Pedal Plastic.jpg

    ** Leads me to a question... does anyone know how to keep the lights on down here...and leave them on?
     
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  2. Max*

    Max* Not Banned

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    I think you're intentionally trying to confuse us. You put the checkmarks in red, and the x's in green!
     
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  3. BluestarE3

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    My initial reaction as well! :)
     
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  4. davinci2017

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    Maybe its because in the near future they dont want anyone to use the accelerator pedal and the car should be able to drive itself? Why waste extra money on something that might not get much use. :p
     
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  5. SocalMS

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    My cruise control is still not working on a new 2017... Let alone auto-drive/auto pilot...

    And it's almost April 2017!
     
  6. Btr_ftw

    Btr_ftw Court Jester

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    My accelerator has a nice silver cover with rubber non slip strips

    I'll happily sell it to you
     
  7. SocalMS

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    The point is NOT that it can be remedied w/ after market parts...

    The point is WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE REPLACED WITH AFTER MARKET PARTS....

    Cheap plastic pedals is a FAIL.
     
  8. d.c.palmer

    d.c.palmer Six years of EV driving

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    Performance models have shiny metal-coated pedals ;-)
     
  9. SocalMS

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    Nice to know that Tesla shorts anyone w/o a PERFORMANCE MODEL with plastic accelerator pedals...
     
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    Light weight, it does the job.
     
  11. thegruf

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    stress counsellors required for Tesla accelerator pedal design team ...
     
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  12. Ciaopec

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    Not a structural engineer but I would bet some plastics are nearly as strong as steel. Worst case scenario: accelerator pedal fails and you slow down; brake pedal fails and you don't (at least not as quickly as you may need to).
    I don't put that much pressure/stress on accelerator so I don't worry too much about it. Seems like a non issue. As someone said: lightweight is good. If you plan to mash a lot upgrade to a P model.:)
     
  13. jeffro01

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    I don't see what the big deal is whether it's plastic or metal... What Tesla did makes perfect sense as you're much, much more likely to "slam" on the break pedal which requires it to be stronger than the accelerator pedal...

    Jeff
     
  14. SocalMS

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    The bigger issue is that it doesn't have a non-slip rubber covering...

    Secondarily, it's cheap plastic. Not a functional issue, but a "feel" issue..
    IMHO... it feels "cheap".
     
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    YMMV but in the over one year I've owned the car never once have I hit the pedal and thought, "this feels cheap"...

    Jeff
     
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  16. gordo

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    How many thousands of vehicles have come off the assembly line now? And not a single instance of a broken accelerator pedal you say? Do you think maybe the Engineers who designed it might have known what they were doing?
     
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    ICE cars have a linkage or cable running to a lever on the engine. It needs to be strong.

    EVs have a switch. Nothing much mechanical going on there.

    (yeah, it's a pot, but still)
     
  18. SocalMS

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    I respect your opinion... but I felt just the opposite, after a few days of driving it...

    It just felt "odd" to me...

    That's just me....

    I think the fact that it's "slippery" and doesn't have a non-slip rubber coating/cover is what's more obviously detrimental in the experience.

    The fact that it's "plastic" was just a "WTF .. this is made cheaply" ... moment and observation....
     
  19. jimmyz80

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    Yup, exactly. My last five cars have either been ICE cars with DBW (drive by wire) throttles, or EVs:
    2002 Corvette Z06
    2008 Subaru WRX STI
    2013 Nissan LEAF SL
    2010 Tesla Roadster
    2013 Nissan LEAF SL #2

    The Model S accelerator pedal feels pretty much identical to any of these.
     
  20. Btr_ftw

    Btr_ftw Court Jester

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    I'm starting to feel bad for this guy,

    OP send me your address and I'll ship you a throttle pedal with the rubber grip before you have a nervous breakdown.

    No need for you to relay this stress onto family and loved ones.
     
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