Utility is one of the big attractions on the S but it seems like the need to conveniently carry a bike externally has been underestimated or overlooked. Sure there's room inside if you fold the back seat, but I'd like to be able to carry the bike and people/other stuff.
To carry a bike, I would typically either use a light hitch to install my rear bike carrier or I'd use a roof-mounted rack (with my small SUV for instance).
On the Tesla, I've been told there is no provision for even a lightweight hitch (I recall a string here that Europeans are even more bothered by this), so no rear rack.
Now we've also been told that roof mounting points are ONLY included if you get the pano-roof. Seems like designing in attachment points that sit slightly outboard and would be part of the metal above the doors with either roof would have been just as easy - and then solid roof cars would have the roof-rack option.
So if I get the car with the solid roof as planned, there's no way to carry a bike externally? Really? I'm hoping someone has thought of something I'm missing. Or that Tesla will find a way to tweak the car, though I know at this point that's probably a long-shot.
I'm in Texas so I'm concerned about how much I'll like an all-glass roof from May-September (not a great feature on other cars I've been in).
Finally - are the forums searchable as on other sites?