Opportunity Console

Opportunity Console

I know that George B. suggested that feedback on the "opportunity console" be posted over at TMC and I'm sure that will happen. But there doesn't seem to be any reason that we can't also post pictures and comments (feedback) right here.

- Has anyone seen the opportunity console yet?
- Is it even being displayed during the test drives today?
- Does anyone have pics?
- What's your opinion of the modular console system, if you've seen it in person?

Those of us who'd like a solution for the central interior space are anxious for info. Thx.

EdG | June 27, 2012

The USB ports are under the driver's armrest, opening toward the screen.

Soflauthor | June 27, 2012

At the risk of being redundant, I though a few of you might like to see what I just posted at TMC. Repeated below:


A number of you have referenced my rudimentary line sketch of a full center console insert (CCI) and expressed some interest in something like it. I took a 2 - hour break from real work this afternoon to draw a more detailed (if still a bit sloppy) annotated sketch in the hope that TM might provide a professionally designed version of this modular option as part of the "opportunity console." Consider this a more refined recommendation, TM.

The CCI design is self-contained. It can be press-fit and inserted into the existing central floor channels or fastened to the channel base using a very simple fastening system. The darkened area is the press fit portion of the CCI shaped to the exact contour of the channel interior walls and floor. The press-fit portion sits below the top of the channels (unseen by occupants). The CCI can be inserted directly, without the need to remove any existing hardware or interior elements. The top of the CCI will be just a bit below the top of the front seat surfaces, so it maintains a low profile.

The CCI contains three storage boxes. All storage box have 'smooth-glide' flip-up covers and the entire central surface is covered in accessory trim (in my case, lacewood). The main storage box is 5" deep and allows for 'insertable' specialty modules—e.g., a self-contained cup-holder (to manage spillage) that is pressed into place inside the box (it can be removed for cleaning). The sides of the CCI are leather (to match) and the top surface of the CCI is recessed about an inch, allowing the driver to place a purse or small leather case and not have it slide off during cornering.

I would argue that the CCI I propose is simple to build and very simple to install. In fact, if done properly, it could be installed by the owner with no problem.

My guess is that more complete CAD drawing can be generated in a few days (if one has the accurate dimensions of the central interior space and channels), a prototype can be built in less than two weeks, and fabrication drawings and specs can be implemented within another week.

IMO, a full CCI like this should be available in August +/-, or very shortly thereafter. Speaking only for myself, if that doesn't happen, I'll build a prototype immediately after I take delivery and then try to find a fabricator that can realize my design asap. I suspect that this might be a small business opportunity, if TM decides not to provide a full CCI (an error, IMO). In any event, I'll have a full CCI my car -- it's just that I'd prefer not to have to go it alone, but I will.

Soflauthor | June 27, 2012

Though --> thought. Need edit!!!

BryanW | June 27, 2012

Big +1 Soflauthor!

I think it's great. If Tesla doesn't match the functionality of your design, I (and I think others) would be interested in ordering one from you aftermarket.

I think your design provides a great amount of space for just the things I need while still maintaining a low profile in that space

Thank you for taking the time to provide Tesla such great feedback.

Charged_Up | June 27, 2012

+1 to Soflauthor - much closer to what i had in mind than what i've seen so far....

petero | June 27, 2012

TM and the Opportunity Console.

1. TM reminds me of a reprimanded child whose Mother instructs him/her to do something they don’t want to do. TM, Designers, clearly do not want this console. Their efforts appear minimalistic and half hearted at best.

2. Lemons to Lemonade. I commend TM’s spin doctor. Rename a design deficiency as an opportunity and make it an option. Brilliant!

petero | June 27, 2012

Soflauthor. An excellent effort.

wholland | June 27, 2012

+ 1 Soflauthor. Your design would fit all my needs. Thank you for your input

Robert22 | June 27, 2012

If Tesla expects women to buy these cars, they best have an answer to the question I was asked:

"Where do I put stuff"? I think Soflauthor just found a need and filled it.

Brian H | June 28, 2012

But, but, won't you have to buy a bunch of Ses, paint them and the CCI orange, and smash them from various directions to see if the CCI becomes a safety hazard?

Vawlkus | June 28, 2012

I wasn't going to get in on this, but I do have something to say. What is a car for? Simple question really. At its roots, a car is a vehicle used to transport people from one location to another.
With that purpose firmly in mind, I ask this question seriously: why do people THINK they NEED somewhere in thier car store misc junk? What part of a cars purpose does it serve?

A storage console is a nice to have WANT, not a thing you NEED. I wish people would keep that in mind.

prash.saka | June 28, 2012

+1 Soflauthor. It is great. I would love to have one of those. I just hope that compliments

@Vawlkus, I understand what you are saying. But then again, cars have long gone from being something to take you from A to B. They (should) have a lot more, and for good reason. Radios, trunks, glove compartments, leather seating, cup-holders, A/C's, panoramic roofs, etc., have made the moving from A to B more and more pleasant and comfortable.

If all that we want is to move from A to B, then we don't have to shell-out > $50,000 to do that. Remember, after all the enthusiasts have purchased their Model S's, Tesla has to compete in the real world, where people want and need these features: Model S being electric is just an afterthought.

In the real world, Model S is a luxury premium car, which happens to be electric. And it competes with other premium cars, which offer a whole lot of options (some as upgrades).

These may be wants for some but are needs for some others. I, for one, need a place to put things. And I will get some after market compartment (which may ruin the interior). A storage is a NEED for me. Especially, if I travel long distances - I need a place to put a water bottle, my wallet, my cell phone, my sunglasses, change for parking, kleenex, etc. By the way, none of these are junk.

~ Prash.

PS: I think we have beaten this topic to death. Let's just wait and see what is available and take it from there.

Steve841 | June 28, 2012

@Vawlkus ... do you not have kids? do you not have a wife?

Do you not carry a pen, change, a charge cord, a tissue, anything? Or, you just jump in an go with pockets full crap and make do till you get to your destination. Well if that's the case, more power to you. For the rest of us who live in the real world, we need places to put stuff.

jerry3 | June 28, 2012

There are some things I like to leave in the car: gloves, ice scraper, wheel lock socket, phone charge cord, kleenex and napkins, dust mop, etc. Putting these things on the floor in plain sight doesn't seem all that sensible to me.

Timo | June 29, 2012

@Vawlkus, there are only two things you really NEED, food and shelter (for preventing environment from killing you). You don't even need shelter if environment is not hostile. Everything else is something you WANT.

Need is relative thing. You don't actually need a car. You don't need even shoes. Or pockets in your pants. You do want them, because they make moving and storing bits and pieces easier. I need storage in console for those bits and pieces I carry with me, be it wallet, raincoat, umbrella, a gizmo I just bought, laptop or tablet, gloves, ice scraper or anything I just don't want to waste time to put into trunk (or frunk).

steven.maes | June 29, 2012

I think we have beaten this topic to death. (prash)

I agree, but still I would like to give some comment.
I used to have this plastic foldable box that I kept in the trunk. It kept things like umbrella, ice scraper, gloves, etc. This could be perfectly kept in the square space in the frunk. The present space between the seats is comfortable enough for all other stuff like wallet, change and sunglasses. In my opinion. Just wait and see what junk you can trow out the box after one year. Hilarious...

Different people, different needs. Tesla is "acrossing the bridge" for those who have a different need than standard created. Respect ! Way to go ...

Brian H | June 29, 2012

Some people have a larger "cloud" of debris, detritus, and accessories surrounding them as they move about than others. Everyone thinks his/her level is about right, and rational, and looks askance at others' strange tastes and habits. It will always be thus.

wbrown01 | November 17, 2012

Please can we have an Update on the Factory "Opportunity Console". When will we see the final product? When will it be ready?

mrspaghetti | November 17, 2012


Bad form to post the exact same thing on (at least) 3 different threads. You're going to get flagged as spam if not careful.

wbrown01 | November 17, 2012

I was not even thinking about Spaming. I am just trying to get a reply from TM and heat this up again so we see and hear something official. I just don't see this being talked about. I am maybe two months away and would like to get it with the car.

MB3 | November 17, 2012

you will not get it with the car! if you order a thing without another thingy, it is very unlikely you will get the other thingy. Do you think TM is your mother and they just want to make sure your happy?

Soflauthor | November 17, 2012

It's my guess that TM is focusing on the Model S roll-out and that the opportunity console may have been placed on the back burner, at least for now -- but that's just conjecture.

I can tell you unequivocally that work on the first aftermarket addition to the opportunity console—the center console insert (CCI)—is progressing well, that our alpha prototype will be fabricated this week, and barring last minute issues, that the final CCI product will be released on schedule in late December (2012).

For more information, visit

wbrown01 | November 17, 2012

I seen yours, I must admit it looks much better than before. I will buy the CCI if TM does not complete theirs.

Soflauthor | November 23, 2012

For those of you who have been following my work on the Center Console Insert (CCI) and for those who are new to the idea, I've posted another monthly report over at TMC on our progress on the only formally announced element of the opportunity console.

You can read it here:

In the report, we talk about progress toward the final product, minor design mods, production strategies, and reference new pics of a pre-alpha prototype. I hope you take a look.

marek.koenig | January 10, 2013

Any updates on the Tesla version of this console?

wbrown01 | January 10, 2013

I asked TM awhile back, maybe 4-5 weeks ago, they said the design is complete and just waiting to be approved by TM. If you email them maybe you'll get a date. I would love to see it in my new MS.