Submitted by vandacca on November 8, 2011
After seeing the Tesla in Toronto last weekend, I have two issues with it.
1.) Lack of towing hitch. I don't have any plans to tow anything, but with a tow hitch, you can put on a bike rack that would be more desirable than having a roof-mounted rack. It's more aerodynamic and easier to get bikes on/off the rack. I feel (for me) that this is a serious short-coming which would have me wait for the Model X or get a completely different vehicle altogether.
2.) Google Maps. Of course the Model S comes with 3G wireless (in one shape or another) and it relies on Google Maps. The serious flaw I see here is that if you are in a poor 3G location, you won't be able to use the navigation system. Also performance would be an issue, especially if you want to scroll around a map. This would result in a poor end-user experience. The only saving grace here is that I can see Garmin or TomTom selling a Tesla App that comes pre-built with GPS maps (or you can use a stand-alone device, which defeats the purpose of having such a big screen).
With Tesla positioning this vehicle as a high-end automobile, I'm surprised that they are seemingly cutting corners on such fundamental (functional) features. I can only hope that they change their minds and at least provide these two features as options at time of sale. I guess the Garmin/TomTom maps would require some partnership with a 3rd-party.