Tesla has followed a “clean aesthetic” for the car. Unfortunately this clean aesthetic for me went too far and there is no center console. I’ve been waiting for two years to get one and am more than a bit tired of my center junk floor.
Many years I go I realized that there are three places to keep simple items that you may need: your home, your office and your car. If you have those things there, you generally don’t need to carry them with you. The Tesla glove compartment is quite small and difficult to reach from the driver’s seat. So on the floor I typically have the following items:
- Reading glasses and case
- Sunglasses and case
- A pen
- Charger for my iphone
- Hand sanitizer (only because I hike in remote places)
At some point last year, the Tesla center console was finally available in my interior finish, Piano Black. I decided to order one. Earlier this year I got a phone call saying my center console was in and I can have it installed. I decided to do that at the same time as my annual service appointment.
When the driver arrived with the loaner, I had a discussion with him about the center console. He seemed very unimpressed with the center console and said a good 50% of the customers preferred not having it. He suggested I find a friend who had a center console. I know a few folks who drive Teslas, but no friends that I see on any regular basis nor any that have a center console. I also knew that other owners and reviewers had complained that the finish of the console was not the best but I knew that wasn’t my largest concern.
It turns out that the driver and I have the same iphone case made by Speck. He said that I may not be able to charge the phone in the dock with the case on! This feature is key for me. I love my Speck case because within the case you can put two credit cards, a $20 bill and an ID. I haven’t carried a wallet in about a year. Eventually I could envision an even smaller case once Apple Pay and other pay by phone mechanisms are more widely accepted. But if I can’t use the phone charging dock the center console is a dud.
I am a huge water drinker, so the design of the cup holders is important but I have identified a set of stainless steel water bottles that I using in the existing cup holders. I am interested in larger cup holders for more flexibility with carrying larger water bottles.
Tesla service handled this situation well. The driver gave me honest feedback and Tesla has already processed my refund for the center console. The service manager noted
“I’ve continually asked the accessory team to provide one for show, for your exact reasons. So I will be sure to include your feedback when I ask them to refund your order.”
I have looked around the other third party consoles and none of them appear to offer exactly what I want, and I really want to see them in person! So for now I’m looking for a simple black box with a lid to keep on the floor. But after looking online for a while, even finding a reasonable looking black box with the right dimensions is not that simple.