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 or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Temporary European Fog Light

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by agentsmith1612, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. agentsmith1612

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Location:
    Germany
    I saw on the facebook side of Telsa this photo here, form a Tesla from Norway:
    885572_10151490756127801_931085061_o.jpg
    What about this light in the bottom of the rear?
    It looks very ugly there.

    Then I wanted to check if it's European issue or an Norway one and saw this picture from Germany:
    857903_10151480344262801_1987872227_o.jpg
    There is no light applyed under the rear.
     
  2. olanmills

    olanmills Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    341
    Maybe it's just an artifact in the image?
     
  3. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,561
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    European rear fog lights, no doubt. I think a more elegant solution would have been to swap out the passive red retro-reflectors on the lower edge of the bumper as many other automakers have done.
     
  4. agentsmith1612

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Location:
    Germany
    Are in the US no rear fog light in the cars ?

    I agree with you, the solution on the photo is not one that the customer would love.
     
  5. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,561
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    They are allowed, but not required in the US and Canada.
     
  6. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,043
    Except that people in the US don't understand when it's appropriate to use them.
     
  7. dflye

    dflye S Sig Perf 414, VIN 814

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2011
    Messages:
    569
    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    When the car is in motion? :tongue:
     
  8. Desdi

    Desdi Member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2013
    Messages:
    38
    Location:
    Norway
    Yes, its the fog light that is required by law in Norway (and many other countries). Tesla was asked about this at the recent Tesla event in Norway, and it was revealed that the fog light will be incorporated in the existing lights somehow. (On the european models, I presume) No extra light like on the top photo.
     
  9. agentsmith1612

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2013
    Messages:
    98
    Location:
    Germany
    Serios ? You are joking?

    What is so difficult do know, when the view is under 50m take on the rear fog light ?

    Very children knows that, in European.
     
  10. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Messages:
    5,043
    I'm serious. People in the US turn front fog lights on during normal weather because it looks cool. In many cases, they don't even know they have a rear fog light and end up turning it on at the same time. I've seen people try to use high-beams in fog, and then not understand why the fog lights are turning off automatically.

    <shrug>
     
  11. Lightning Jeff

    Lightning Jeff Model S #4214

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    Duvall, WA
    What is this "50m" you speak of? :wink:

    Okay, I'll admit: My last car (Jag XF) had rear but not front fog lights. This confused me. My wild guess as to when to use the rear fog lights: When it was foggy. Did I get it right?
     
  12. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,561
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    #12 mknox, Mar 13, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 14, 2013
    In Canada, where DRLs are mandatory, many cars don't have automatic headlights and we end up with dolts who don't bother to turn on their full lighting system at night. Kind of the opposite problem when there are no tail lights at all!
     
  13. olanmills

    olanmills Member

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2012
    Messages:
    341
    I have to admit that I think they look cool, but I do know what they're used for, and I always shake my head when I see people driving around in thick fog with their highbeams on.
     
  14. EarlyAdopter

    EarlyAdopter Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,497
    Location:
    Redmond, WA
    Probably just a temporary measure to make a US spec demo car compliant with local laws requiring a rear fog light there. I'd be shocked if the final Euro spec car ends up with that as the final solution.
     
  15. NigelM

    NigelM Recovering Member

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2011
    Messages:
    13,257
    Location:
    Sarasota, FL

Share This Page