Someone Just Had to Do it: Aftermarket Cup Holder for Tesla Model S


There are many reasons why the Tesla Model S is a highly praised car, however, despite the fact that it seems well-engineered and thoroughly thought out, one area where the Silicon Valley-based company's lack of experience shows is the interior. Sure, it's minimalist and has a huge screen, but it isn't the most practical on the market, nor does it appear to be the coziest.

Considering the fact that, the flat battery pack and rear-mounted engine free up considerable room throughout, the car's passenger compartment is really devoid of any usable storage cubbies. Yes, you have a neat button to open the glove box, but it is the only thing you can open. There are also no cup holders and the space underneath the huge screen and in-between the front seats is completely free.

Tesla recently announced that it has registered its 3,000th car in California, so there's obviously a market here for accessories.

Take Teslaccessories, for example, which is run by a Model S owner who himself felt the need for an addition to his car's interior. Thus, the first product launched by his company is the Center Console Insert, or CCI. It has been designed for the Model S to fit exactly under the dash, and extend between the seats. It is simple and features one cup-holder and a storage compartment that can be covered.

This is only the first in a long line of accessories for the Model S and other Teslas, and it shows that the interest for such a market is there. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next. This has now sparked our imagination, which has gone a bit further – what would a Model S with a widebody kit, a spoiler and different rims look like?

By Andrei Nedelea




dennis said... »March 22, 2013

There are already 2 cup holders in the Model S. The arm rests slide back to reveal 2 cup holders. This console insert costs $1000.00 and adds a third cup holder. Can't wrap my mind around spending $1000 for an additional 3rd cup holder.

Sérgio Gonçalves Dinis said... »March 22, 2013

Actually, the whole "lack of experience"...

I have an Alfa Romeo 156 SW. The company should have loads of experience, and the storage spaces are ridiculous and I also don't have a cup holder...

Then again, I drive it. I don't use it to drink...

Jack said... »March 23, 2013

The cupholders it alreaedy has are not ideally-placed, and a piece like this aftermarket one should really become standard-fit, or at least optional from the factory.

MDAlexander said... »March 23, 2013

Checked onto website, basic one costs less. And, premium-level one lets you match your dash finish and leather to the console itself which is pretty customized. Cup holder plus it comes with a holster for your phone to charge on USB plus roomy closed storage, then pops into the middle of a Tesla in seconds. Pricey but for a car that can go for $100k, not a bad deal for some extra creature comforts

Ian said... »March 25, 2013

I think that you are forgetting that this is not just a "cupholder". Not only does the CCI place the cupholder in a more convenient location, making it less awkward to reach for my all important morning coffee :), but it also gives you a holder for your smartphone where it can charge and covered storage for all the other things you would rather not have sliding around the floor or the car seat. Not just a cupholder but a really useful enhancement and also something the complements the look and feel of the Tesla. These guys didn't just throw something together. It looks like they thought long and hard about how to create something that enhances the look of the car and supports the need for more functional storage. Definitely going to get one!

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