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Possible Electrochomic dimming (Smart Glass) on Model X?

IgorAntarov

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May 28, 2015
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I made a vlog with some thoughts on possible electrochimic glass on modelx.


[russian, english subtitles]


Some facts:
1. There was a leaked picture of Model X from a guy who works on a smart glass company. (who remembers that post?)
2. We've got an interesting link from a russian commenter about that Elon likes Smart Glass: Elons Tour of SpaceX HD - YouTube


I think main CONs that could stop Tesla from adding it are: electricity consumption, price (smart glass is pricy), and complexity.
But it could be a killer feature if they implement it. What do you think?


Anyway we will know it for sure in a few days :)
 
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vandacca

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Oct 13, 2014
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I think it's guaranteed that the Model-X will have a single pane of glass from the front all the way to the B-pillar behind the driver's head. The original prototype had this single pane of glass with an internal support beam, but the mules had the same design without the support beam. Also, the leaked image of the roof-mounted rack clearly showed the same thing. So, for sure there will be a large single pane of glass all the way to the B-pillar.

With regards to smart glass (electrochromic), that is total speculation. It's true that someone posted photos at a factory in Michigan in a thread, which was later taken down. The factory is known to make electrochromic glass among other things. Maybe there is a 50% chance that the Model-X will have smart glass or this supplier might simply be providing other less interesting parts. This was discussed a lot in the Will Model-X have electrochromic windows thread.

BTW, correction on that Gentex siting with the open falcon door. It did have 2nd row seats, but they were covered in plastic, so it didn't show anything interesting.
 
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NigelM

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I'd give this theory greater than a 50/50 chance; in fact, I figure it's necessary that there is some sort of way to mitigate heat and bright light through that stunning expanse of glass and I don't see many other ways of achieving it.

(Living in a hot climate we find it necessary to leave the roof sunshades in our Model S year round.)
 

vandacca

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Oct 13, 2014
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I'd give this theory greater than a 50/50 chance; in fact, I figure it's necessary that there is some sort of way to mitigate heat and bright light through that stunning expanse of glass and I don't see many other ways of achieving it.

(Living in a hot climate we find it necessary to leave the roof sunshades in our Model S year round.)

My concern Nigel is that Tesla simply puts a tint on it, similar to the sunroof on a Model-S.
 

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