Question: Did anybody NOT get the package shelf?

Question: Did anybody NOT get the package shelf?

I didn't get the package shelf for the back. I know I can order it online, but wondering if anyone else opted NOT to get this. And is $250 worth it for a fabric-covered piece of fiberboard?

skulleyb | 10. juli 2013

No its not worth the money to me.

Tom | 10. juli 2013

It does cover up items in the back and keeps the sun off groceries. We are glad we opted for it!

tobi_ger | 10. juli 2013

The hatchback cars I've driven in the past 20 years always had a parcel shelf by default. I guess it's not with the MS with respect to the rear-facing seats (both are optional).
I'd rather have the shelf to hide my personal stuff from too curious people (and also prevent direct heating of stuff below it).

Sailor | 10. juli 2013

Did not order it....figured if I wanted to hide something I'd use the Frunk.

Bighorn | 10. juli 2013

Ordered almost everything but.

kback | 10. juli 2013

Haven't seen the need so far. If I do, I'll order it then.

TMS P85 | 10. juli 2013

I agree with Sailor. I plan to get everything else except that. I don't see a need for it with the frunk.

soren | 10. juli 2013

Several users have reported the shelf is suppressing a significant amount of noise.
That alone justifies the cost, in my opinion.

TeslaSvein63 | 10. juli 2013

I've heard that it also dampens any noise, so it's probably worth the money.

mlnewman | 10. juli 2013

Hadn't thought about noise suppression. Good point - Thanks!

Bamboo8 | 10. juli 2013

$250 can probably get you a good 3 window limo tint job too. That's what I am opting for....

Anthony H | 10. juli 2013

I did the limo window tint instead -- much more practical in Phoenix, AZ. And actually cost less.

andrigtmiller | 10. juli 2013

I did not get it. Seems to high priced to me.

JPPTM | 10. juli 2013


sftesla | 10. juli 2013

When I ordered my car, I didn't get the parcel shelf either because I also thought I would just put things in the frunk if I needed to hide them. As it turns out, opening and closing the frunk is more of a pain than you might think.

With the rear hatch, you can unlock and open it by touching a spot above the license plate, and you can close it with the touch of a button on the hatch itself.

The frunk requires getting out the key fob and pressing it. Closing the frunk is a manual process and you get your fingerprints all over the hood.

I got the parcel shelf a month ago and have found it to be much, much more convenient than the frunk. The parcel shelf also has a nice look when you are peering into your Tesla. The open trunk was kind of giant gaping hole. It does also seem to have helped cut down on interior noise in the car, but that's subjective.

ORWA | 10. juli 2013

sftesla +1

My wife insisted on it for privacy/hide items. I also believe it helps with the noise.

michael1800 | 10. juli 2013

I ordered without ($250 seemed crazy) but ended up getting it online later. Primarily for the noise-abatement issue. It's a mixed bag...I like it but think it's overpriced. I suggest rolling it into the car loan if you're financing and you are not a DIYer. Otherwise, procrastinate with prejudice.

stsanford | 10. juli 2013

I didn't get it, but I got the Jump Seats. It's bad enough that you don't have an easy place to stow the cover for where the seats fold into, another panel would have been way too much planning!

I'd be interested to know, does it lift up when you lift the lift gate?
If it doesn't then it is WAY overpriced in my opinion.

DSurber | 10. juli 2013

My three previous vehicles have been VW station wagons. All came with a package shelf/cargo cover. All three were never used and sat on a shelf in the garage until the car was sold. Nope, we didn't get it.

Mathew98 | 11. juli 2013

Use the money for the shelf to get tint instead. Serve the same purpose but give it a much better look.

The only noise I hear are radio blasting from other ICE cars. I haven't experienced any noise from the rear well at speed up to 80mph.

Longhorn92 | 11. juli 2013

One more thought: I recently removed the parcel shelf for a few days, and at one point, I had put something light-weight in the trunk. With the windows and/or pano roof open, the light-weight item started blowing around the car. This would not have happened if I had the parcel shelf in.

Also, I agree with @sftesla that the frunk is not as easy to use as the trunk (especially with the tech package).

cerjor | 11. juli 2013

I think I will make my own. A piece of masonite and some black material should do it.

unclegeek | 11. juli 2013

Any more rumors about a retractable coming out someday?
That would be much nicer though may not attenuate noise as well.

dglauz | 11. juli 2013

I got the shelf. I insisted to look at it live at the show room first. It folds in half to make access to the trunk space easy. the blowing stuff about in the back is a good point, I haven't noticed such an event. The dogs sit/ lay under the shelf while driving and I have the rear seat folded down, it keeps them in a cave, they like that i guess.

I wouldn't go for the retractable if were there. I had a Prius, came with the retractable cover. Never used it.

ddruz | 11. juli 2013

I did not get the shelf but built my own right away with materials from Home Depot and Walmart. Total cost with tax just under $60.

My shelf is carpeted with black automotive carpet and looks 100% OEM from the top when hatch is closed. Not being a carpenter you can tell the underside and rounded edge, while trimmed, are not OEM when the hatch is open and you are loading/unloading things.

I also built mine to automatically raise the rear portion as the batch raises by attaching sturdy black string between it and the hatch. Simply tied a thick knot in the string and slipped it into the little crack in the plastic molding at each side of the hatch. To remove, slide it back out. String totally unobtrusive when hatch closed. Works great. Imagine anyone could rig this feature to a Tesla PS too.

info | 11. juli 2013

I saw the parcel shelf and was amazed at the price. There's not a lot about Tesla that I don't like. I swallowed the $1100 delivery charge when I paid for a ticket and a cab ride to the factory to get my car. I understood the reason for that. The shelf has about $10 worth of material. I made one from 3/8 inch plywood and Masonite and covered it with Wal-Mart car carpet. I didn't like the mating of plywood and Masonite and wasn't happy with my hinge set up, so I'm making the second section from plywood and will attach a piano hinge. I'm trying to figure a way to lift the shelf when the liftgate goes up. I'm working on two suction cups on the back of the hatch that are tied to the shelf. Thomas Edison started like this.

When I'm finished, I'll post a picture. Of course the OEM shelf fits exactly, matches exactly and may look better, but for a savings of $240, mine looks fine. One of the designers at the Hawthorne shop saw it and didn't realize it was homemade until I told him. He said that he'd mention to the powers that be that the cost was causing some people to make their own.

My offer is that I'll make a shelf for anyone who wants one for $100 that will look and work great. In addition, it will be a lot stronger than the OEM. Maybe I can pay for my S this way?

mvannah | 11. juli 2013

Agree with sstanford. The kids like to use the jumpseats so much it would have been a pain to store. I much prefer a tint over a parcel shelf anyway. Rear noise suppression hasn't been an issue (even with kids back there) so that doesn't interest me either.

dstiavnicky | 12. juli 2013

I didn't get it either. I'm not sure what 'noise' others are trying to suppress... my car is extremely quiet.
I would have gotten it if it rolled closed, as is - too much of a bother to store away folded.

Brian H | 12. juli 2013

The kid vote on jumpseats seems to be running pretty "hot" (popular).

Noise suppression suggestion: tune between a couple of AM stations and turn the hiss to bare audibility. The white noise will swallow a lot of random sound!

LuvTesla | 12. juli 2013

Its just one of those overpriced items but seem necessary to get it rather than worry about making my own or procrastinate about it. It seems solid and serves its purpose well. I have never even thought about until now (now that is priceless).

hfcolvin | 12. juli 2013

My car came with a parcel shelf no extra charge. It's called the hood over the frunk.

I've never been a fan of the parcel shelf as I end up using the car with the back seats folded down quite a bit to carry bikes, yard supplies, etc. The shelf at first ends up bouncing around in the back and then goes into a closet somewhere in the house.

georgevet | 12. juli 2013

Parcel shelf is less than 1% of the cost of the car (at ~70K). Not worth the debate. I would say buy it if you don't use the jump seat option. Or you can stick it to Tesla Motors if it makes you feel better.

Geoff2013 | 12. juli 2013

I did not order the parcel shelf originally, but did purchase it later.

Chunky Jr. | 12. juli 2013

I did not get it as I didn't see the need for it. But if it does cut back on noise, then I may reconsider.

weeandthewads | 12. juli 2013

I think it is a good investment if it is important to conceal the items in the back. I often have my golf clubs in the car and it hides them from view. I also think it improved the accustics. One thing that always getting me is when you push the flap up to get into the back it requires you remember to pull it back down flat. I don't know how many times I have finished, closed the hatch, got into the car and realized I left the flap up and now can not see out of the rear window.

NKYTA | 12. juli 2013

@ rtesta

I get the frustration. I've done that about 10 times. Of course, not nearly as many times as unplugging the charge cable, getting in the car, only to see the charge port is still open. Sigh.

jongt3 | 12. juli 2013

The parcel shelf is something that should come standard in a hatchback of this price range. For me it is a necessary feature so I paid the $250. But it does not make a good impression to be nickel and dimed on features like this when you are spending $100k.

cfOH | 12. juli 2013

@jongt3 Yes, I have to agree. I'm used to "everything being an added cost" on budget cars, but I would think that $100K would get you a package shelf, a set of floor mats, and a bottle of complimentary touch-up paint, at the least. It's like spending $450 for a night at a nice hotel and then being asked for another $10 for Internet access.

stephen.kamichik | 12. juli 2013

If I need one I shall make one.

AreBeeAZ | 12. juli 2013

Received my ModelS in December. Did not order the shelf, do not need it, do not miss it.

DanielBoehnen | 12. juli 2013

Minewman: I wound up with an extra brand new rear shelf. Long story, but the story doesn't matter. I would be happy to sell it cheap. If interested, contact me at

jkirkebo | 13. juli 2013

I'm happy it's not standard equipment, I do not need any more stuff filling my closet. The Leaf shelf is there already.

Now, rubber mats, that's a different story. I don't need both sets but it would be nice to be able to get the rubber mats standard instead of the textile mats. Now my closet will have to hold the standard textile mats too...

Tomas | 13. juli 2013

Have to get it. It cuts down the noise from the motor and rear wheels and suspension significantly.
So you're paying 70 to 110 grand for a car and you're flipping out about another $250? Really?

edfinn | 13. juli 2013

I have had shelves and retractable covers in prior cars, and rarely saw any use for them. I did not get the shelf, and so far dont miss it. I didn't consider noise abatement,but I dont get much noise anyway.

chrisdl | 13. juli 2013

Funny thread, this is.
Some people actually buy a $100,000 car and save less than $250 (0.25% of the price) on the parcel shelf by making it themselves from plywood, piano hinges, and floor carpet?

blisSfullee | 13. juli 2013

Didn't get the shelf. Never used them in two Priuses.

I use the storage area for the rear-facing seats for most long-term items in the car. I'm very, very fussy about my car's appearance and just don't think the shelf is needed.

J.T. | 13. juli 2013

@chrisdl Some people early on in life learn the value of a dollar and make their decisions based on that. Spending $100,000 on a car that's worth $100,000 is way different than spending $250.00 on a shelf that's worth $50.00. I also turn off the lights in rooms that are unoccupied and turn up the temp on the a/c when we leave the house.

chrisdl | 15. juli 2013

@jtodtman I think you'll learn that prices of car options are never realistic. None of the Tesla options are cheap. None of the options of any premium brand are cheap, for that matter. I would even argue that if you know the value of a dollar, you wouldn't (and shouldn't) spend it on a Tesla.

For me personally, making a parcel shelf on my own would cost me more than buying one from Tesla. I'm all thumbs and I could probably make more money in the time that it would take me to build the parcel shelf. Lucky for me, I believe that's why people invented money in the first place.

soma | 15. juli 2013

Of course, you know that, comparing the economics of hotel wifi --

The reason that the most luxury hotels charge for wifi is that people at that end of the spectrum are generally less price sensitive. So if the price of something means little to them, and will not change whether they stay at the hotel, why not charge for it.

The $60 / night hotel catering to the sales guy on the road needs to offer free wifi, or he will go elsewhere.

But as you say above, the person staying at the luxury hotel will often know that it's a ripoff. And maybe set up their 3G roaming hotspot to avoid getting stuck with that fee.

wcalvin | 15. juli 2013

A shelf accessory: Make a loop from which to hook things (like an LED light) by driving a thick sewing needle through the shelf, carrying thread thick enough to support items.