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Center console for model s

So my S is being shipped right now & I m already looking at few things I would to add....in the list the first & most important thing is the center console. I would like to know from the current owners.

A. If you decided to go for it or not and if you did then oem route or eBay?
B. If eBay then Which non oem console would you recommend?

I am not looking to spend $600 on a leased car so I will really appreciate if you guys can give me your input. Honestly the only thing I would say I did not like when I test drove the car was the placement of the cup holders. I have a habit of keeping one hand on the arm rest & I possibly cannot see doing that if I have my coffee mug in the holders.

I am thinking about getting a aftermarket console but have no clue which one is the best. So any help will be great!!!

Thank you

buickguy | 27. tammikuu 2016

There are a zillion choices. If you check under the thread entitled "The Owner's Manual Companion" you will find instructions on how to search this Forum. Worth the read. For me, I looked and looked and decided to make my own. Not everyone is so deep into woodworking as I, so your first decision is how much money to spend. Then check out the many leads and comments elsewhere in this Forum that you uncover. Sounds like you haven't taken delivery yet, so you may have time to make the right decision for you.

SbMD | 27. tammikuu 2016

Especially since you are unsure about this, I would recommend holding off on getting the console for now. Get your new car, use the open yacht floor for a while, and see if you still think you want a console.

Many of us, myself included, find that the yacht floor is great and a console is not necessary. Others feel the opposite. Both are right. Best to find out where your preference ultimately lies, and this way you may avoid spending $600. You can always get it after you take delivery if you want.

Eletrek | 28. tammikuu 2016

I agree you should wait a few months. I did get Tesla center console and glad I did, but that is me.

PhillyGal | 28. tammikuu 2016

+1 for waiting a while. I for one love the open space. You might be surprised.

achal | 28. tammikuu 2016

Hmmmm.....ok I will wait. :)

Also what do you recommend as must haves for this car in terms of accessories?

Ty

2050project | 28. tammikuu 2016

@achal - they have a console for $395 here (but prices go up depending on customization):
http://evannex.com/products/center-console-insert-cci-tesla-model-s

eye.surgeon | 28. tammikuu 2016

I took advice offered here and waited 6 months to get the OEM center console installed. I wish I had installed it day 1. The OEM console is great and for most people the empty space is inefficient. Just look at the MX to see that Tesla agrees.

ATCRomes | 28. tammikuu 2016

I will never get a center console. I love that extra (open) space.

TeslaTap.com | 28. tammikuu 2016

Here's a good starting point to considering many of the center console options, although as others have pointed out you may like it without one.
http://teslatap.com/modifications/center-console/

eye.surgeon | 28. tammikuu 2016

Here's what I have in my center console:
2 prs sunglasses
pack of tissues
screen cleaner cloth and spray
half a dozen different hospital ID badges
Pen and post-it notes
mints
phone charger cable
eyedrops

Now pile all that up in the empty center space and see how it looks and functions.Not to mention it's all on display for any homeless guy to bust a window out and grab.

jordanrichard | 28. tammikuu 2016

Go to http://www.marenaind.com/teslachargingstation.html

I designed this console. It is simple in appearance, blends in with the floor, has small storage compartment, 2 cup holders and 2 slots to accommodate phones of most sizes and yet still leaves all the open space between the seats. My friend does the metal work and I do the finishing work, like the carpeting.

I am working on another version that will cost less, but that is still in development.

Haggy | 28. tammikuu 2016

I have the Tesla console. I don't hate it, and don't wish I didn't have it, but am very disappointed in how much Tesla screwed up the design of the phone holder/charger.

Silver2K | 28. tammikuu 2016

eye.surgeon

is your glove compartment broken? most of that stuff fits in glove compartment

jordanrichard | 28. tammikuu 2016

I know for me, the glove box is too far away, especially if you are having to reach for something inside.

Silver2K | 28. tammikuu 2016

I don't understand why the center armrest (existing) is not designed exactly like the premium rear console. that would make so much more sense.

personally I believe the reason the car was designed without all the usual storage space is to keep rattling down to a minimum. The cabin is very quiet and the rattling would drive people crazy

SoCal Buzz | 28. tammikuu 2016

The post from TeslaTap provides a nice overview of options, with the exception of the amazing Golden color Chinese model.

IMO, the Tesla OEM version has a nicer profile and looks better in the car, but the construction is flimsy, ranging from plastic sidewalls that flex, to the cheap adjustable drink holders, to the lame cell phone dock. This is surprising given the very solid Rear Console, which I like quite a bit.

Given the construction issues and final straw of removing Obeche Matte option after being on waiting list for 1.5 years, I decided to try the EVannex. It looks a bit bulkier but is well made, with a great drink holder and very functional storage compartment. I've been happy with this choice for about 6 months now.

RPMTESLA.COM | 28. tammikuu 2016

No way no way don't listen to these guys

just buy the Tesla one and have it installed with your car for $600

after your lease is over you take it out with six screws and then you resell it for for $500 during the three years she'll have the best counsel made and you'll have two big cupholders and nothing will fly around you'll love it don't buy it with the female version where it sits there open and hold your purse nicely

The ones from Evan X fall apart and you have no warranty tesla warrantees everything in the car for the whole time you lease it if it gets loose they'll replace it anything goes wrong they replace it and fix it as it's part of their car.

Now if you don't like the shiny piano black cover of the flip part of the center counsel then just go on to RPMTesla.com and buy a $24 piece of carbon fiber and you can wrap it yourself and it will match your interior if you would like to to get the carbon fiber interior

Silver2K | 28. tammikuu 2016

fully agree with RPMTESLA.COM. the aftermarket stuff is absolute junk, especially evannex.

they truly think model s owners are suckers

Silver2K | 28. tammikuu 2016

this is an interesting design at a normal price

http://teslacupholders.com/

DC@Tesla | 28. tammikuu 2016

I have the evannex center console. The leather match is nice but practicality is poor. Cupholder and phone holder space is very subpar. I would not buy it again.

renwo S alset | 28. tammikuu 2016

I put a Rubbermaid with the pop-up lid in the console area. Holds all my empty beer cans just great.

Silver2K | 28. tammikuu 2016

@renwo S alset

you had so many you spelled your name backwards!

achal | 29. tammikuu 2016

thank you all...i think I will wait for a month or so and then get the Tesla OEM if I think I can't without one (which I think is going to happen) I did not know until today that armrest does not open...I was under the impression that the armrest does open but has a very limited space.

Elektra70D | 29. tammikuu 2016

I just bought this

http://www.amazon.com/Topfit-Portable-Center-Container-Version/dp/B019MQ...

It is perfect and looks great in the car.

Hope that helps

RG

steveg1701 | 29. tammikuu 2016

@jordanrichard

I think this is the same one I saw on Ebay? How deep are the cup holders and storage compartment? Looks like there is no bottom on the unit and the floor acts as the bottom?

Bighorn | 29. tammikuu 2016

Which one best secures a Taser for quick draws?

jordanrichard | 29. tammikuu 2016

The console sits flush with the existing floor console. I just went down to my car and measured it and the cup holders are the same depth as the ones in the armrest, 2 1/2 inches. The cup holders also are really 3 inches in diameter, but with the carpeting it looks smaller. I cut the carpet in a way that makes it adjust to various sizes objects like a can of soda to a large cup from Starbucks.

The storage compartment is just as deep as the cup holders and with the cross members in place for support, it is 7 1/2 inches long.

Yes, the floor is the bottom of the console. Essentially I designed a lid for the existing floor console.

As I mentioned, I designed this and did so a little over a year ago and showed it to my friend who owns a machine shop. For the website and e-bay, my friend had one of his people put the video together and post the pictures.

It is held in place merely by friction. Essentially it gets wedged in. To put it in, place it far forward like under the center screen and then slide it back until it won't go any further.

crwheeland | 29. tammikuu 2016

Got the Evannex - fits and works fine, BUT, if your drink cup happens to be too big to fit snugly in the drink holder and you accelerate too quickly, the the USB ports can get soaked!

evlnte | 29. tammikuu 2016

The space is great. Wait before buying it. I would however have gotten the rear cup holders.

sphunck | 24. helmikuu 2016

I just had the Tesla center console installed after having my Model S for 2 months. It is great!!! Highly recommend. The iPhone charger is handy. The ability to place drinks so that your armrest is still usable is the best.

NKYTA | 24. helmikuu 2016

BH, shite disturber. ;-)

firerock | 25. helmikuu 2016

Another alternative to Tesla Motor's official console. My buddy and I designed a matching center and rear console: Avantelle Center Console.

BTW, we are starting to ship our 2nd version of the center console. It has an additional storage space.

area51 | 25. helmikuu 2016

Firerock: can you please explain the NFC features. It's not obvious what this does to someone with no prior experience with NFC.

firerock | 25. helmikuu 2016

@area51:
If you have an Android phone with NFC chip (almost all modern Android phone has it), you can set the NFC to handle various tasks. For example, when I get in the car, I set the NFC to turn on Bluetooth, set ringer to highest level, and turn off lock screen. And when I'm ready to leave the car, I simply tap the chip again and the chip will revert all the changes. Basically, it's a trigger that allows your phone to change settings.

Dwdnjck@ca | 25. helmikuu 2016

I use an 8 inch wide,leather covered, cigar box that sits in the front of the non console, almost completely out of sight, and wedges into a secure position. Similar ones to mine are available at Crate and Barrel for about $30.

Kutu | 25. helmikuu 2016

@Elektra70D- I purchased one of those. It is perfect for me!

Haggy | 25. helmikuu 2016

I'd recommend searching older threads for information on the consoles and holding off in the mean time. The Tesla console has the worst attempt at a phone cradle imaginable and can destroy your phone, for example.

NOLEK SUM | 26. helmikuu 2016

SbMD: EXCELLENT advice. When we took delivery of our S in December, 2013 we immediately ordered a center console. After a week of loving not having a center console we canceled the order and have never regretted it. It is great having all that open space and is a great place to put packages, wife's purse, etc. I have a small zipper bag I purchased from REI and which I keep a few a few essentials and it is stowed underneath at the back of the opening.

I think the fact that Tesla has not made the center console standard is a testament to the fact that many people love not having it.

NOLEK SUM | 26. helmikuu 2016

SbMD: EXCELLENT advice. When we took delivery of our S in December, 2013 we immediately ordered a center console. After a week of loving not having a center console we canceled the order and have never regretted it. It is great having all that open space and is a great place to put packages, wife's purse, etc. I have a small zipper bag I purchased from REI in which I keep a few a few essentials and it is stowed underneath at the back of the opening.

I think the fact that Tesla has not made the center console standard is a testament to the fact that many people love not having it.

NOLEK SUM | 26. helmikuu 2016

SbMD: EXCELLENT advice. When we took delivery of our S in December, 2013 we immediately ordered a center console. After a week of loving not having a center console we canceled the order and have never regretted it. It is great having all that open space and is a great place to put packages, wife's purse, etc. I have a small zipper bag I purchased from REI in which I keep a few a few essentials and it is stowed underneath at the back of the opening.

I think the fact that Tesla has not made the center console standard is a testament to the fact that many people love not having it.

markusmann69 | 03. maaliskuu 2016

I just got the Tesla Center Console installed yesterday. After all the chatter about quality, I must say that I am happily surprised by it, and very practical for us.
Much better than the rear center console that we also got.

Put some pics up:

http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/60740-Tesla-Center-Console...

area51 | 03. maaliskuu 2016

Wish it came in carbon fiber. So far I'm ok with no console. I use the passenger side cup holder for my cup and it works fine. I use the space just below the display for some items.

Haggy | 04. maaliskuu 2016

My console was practical for me when I got it. A few months later, I changed phones. Most people change phones more often than they change cars. Even if the car could be adapted to my phone, my wife and I don't use the same phone. That's not an issue with other cars.

Ian90D | 04. maaliskuu 2016

i did the OEM version and like it. One minor complaint is it's not flush to the bottom of the centre panel above so a) you hit your knee on the side/corner of the panel and b) a phone can slide between the console and centre monitor panel. The sliding door is cheap plastic and feel flimsy but it's held up well so far.

teslaliving | 07. maaliskuu 2016

The nice thing about the Evannex one is you can just pop it out when you don't want it. The Tesla/OEM one is a permanent install. I like having options (plus it makes it easier for cleaning).

P100DL Dude | 09. maaliskuu 2016

I have this one http://amzn.to/1PpFvnx and so far I'm digging it, check out my YouTube video review @ https://youtu.be/woiJgjUu5OM

steveg1701 | 09. maaliskuu 2016

@jordanrichard

Looks good, I think I'll probably order one when I get my car!

If you and your machine shop friend want to take on another project I've got an idea, contact me using my forum handle at gmail if you want to discuss it!

EVRider | 10. maaliskuu 2016

@85Dude: Thanks for the link and the video review! As you said in the review, that console isn't perfect, but it looks like a great low-cost alternative to the Tesla and EVAnnex offerings (especially for those of us who are leasing our Model S).

tiggergreen | 10. maaliskuu 2016

I just received the Evannex center console and it looks pretty solid. I will be installing it tomorrow and will let you know my thoughts after owning it for a few months. I love how it matches the décor of the car.

P100DL Dude | 10. maaliskuu 2016

@RoofLess I hadn't thought of that... you are right it would be a great choice for someone who is leasing.

$99 removable console http://amzn.to/1PpFvnx plus you can sell it when you return your car, great deal :-)

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