Left foot accelerator?

Left foot accelerator?

Hi all, I'm trying to determine if a left foot accelerator will work in a Model X (or S). I have a right foot injury which requires each vehicle I drive to have a removable left foot accelerator to be installed.

The current solution I have is a floor mounted (bolted) accelerator although I'm doubting this is feasible with a Tesla due to the battery compartment being under the floor. Any salt or water penetrating this compartment could compromise the integrity of the battery.

There is a pedal solution that allows it to be mounted from above. But the mobility installation shop doesn't have any experience installing it into an electric car let alone a Tesla. Here is a link with additional description to that part:

I'm hoping someone has had experience with this type of situation or perhaps some engineers can comment on whether it's technically feasible?

vandacca | April 4, 2014

@PaulNF, The link you provided indicates that you no longer need to drill a hole in the floor:

The accelerator mounts from above, and no longer requiring holes to be drilled in the floor of your clients vehicle.

Maybe it's more simple than you think? Also, the battery is sealed and compartmentalized, so I don't think salt/water is a concern.


Solarwind | April 12, 2014

I wonder how long it will be before cars have single stick control, similar to electric wheel chair. Move stick forward to accelerate, back to slow/brake, left to left and right to turn right.

Brian H | April 12, 2014

As soon as electric wheel chairs can do 50 mph.

Mr. Peabody | April 23, 2014

No doubt it will be possible -- maybe even easier. I haven't studied the Tesla, but on most EVs the accelerator is a switch, not a mechanism with cables. It should be easy to move from one side to the other if you are the only driver, or have a duplicate pedal installed and be able to toggle between them.

TFMethane | April 26, 2014


Single stick controls exist for cars as a similar retrofit that the OP mentions for the left foot. I had a friend who survived polio and had no control of either leg, but had a stick adapter installed in his car. It looked a little bit like the lever that bus drivers use to open doors on older buses.

My guess is that hand controls will never be the primary means of controlling an automobile. It makes too much sense to use as many appendages as is possible, rather than assigning too many tasks to a limited set of appendages - unless you are forced to by disability.

DTsea | April 29, 2014

Tfmethane... airplanes have been operated with sticks for a hundred years. They go a lot faster than 50 mph too. Works great. Rudder pedals mostly used for ground steering.

PaulNF | April 30, 2014

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I took my friend's Model S in to the mechanics who do vehicle modifications but they shut me down pretty good. They were pointed out the left foot rest (the raised pad) isn't removable like it normally is and there isn't enough room in between that foot rest and the brake to squeeze a left foot accelerator in. The other (but less important) issue was that their particular versions of the left foot accelerator would interfere with the brake post and how that attaches to the car.

My only option right now is hand controls which I definitely don't want. I'll have to wait until a Model X comes out to see if the foot rest and the brake post is different. I'm hoping that the companies that make left foot accelerators start manufacturing versions that have a more flexible installation.

Mr. Peabody | May 6, 2014

Too bad -- hopefully there will be a solution.

They might have to think outside the box, but I doubt that it will be impossible!

NumberOne | May 6, 2014

While I am not saying that it can be done for sure, I think that it is worth considering that each car is made to order. While this is probably not a simple matter, it may be worth creating awareness of this issue with Tesla engineers.

PaulNF | October 31, 2014

Hi all, after speaking with a couple Tesla reps and not hearing back, I'm wondering if there is a way to get in contact with Tesla engineers or a service department directly? I'd like to get a company that specializes in modifying vehicles to speak with shop techs to determine what can and cannot be done (eg. Is the Model X driver side floor exactly the same design as the Model S? Can the left foot rest be removed or cut safely? Is there a way to attach the accelerator to the steering column? etc).

I'm convinced there is a solution and it just needs a little bit of groundwork to happen. Once a solution is worked out there are quite a few more people that can finally commit to owning a Tesla!

Blueskies | November 7, 2014

What's wrong with a hand control? Lots of us wheelchair guys drive with them with little problem.

Litennn | November 13, 2014

just order a right hand drive car