Rear passengers rolling in style… Premium Rear Console installation and review

Most of the time I drive alone or with my wife on our Model S. We rarely use the rear seats for passengers. However, when we do, it’s usually one or two other people, and rarely are we fitting three people in the vehicle. It’s nice to have the option to fit three people, but we often ride with less.

One of the complaints that is common to owners of Model S are the lack of cup holders in the vehicle. The rear part of the vehicle have no cup holders unless the owner of the Model S opts for a rather interesting solution from Tesla.

I was uninterested in this rear cup holder solution and was surprised when I found the Premium Rear Console on the http://shop.teslamotors.com/ site.

Since we rarely travel with five people, we figured that the Premium Rear Console from Tesla would provide some traveling in style for our passengers.

Installation

So, the installation instructions seemed simple enough.  The following pictograph was included in the shipment.

Tesla Rear Console Install

Lengthen the child-seat hook so that one can install it on the center seat position.

Click it in, and tighten. That’s it. Sounds simple enough.

Step 1 is to order the product on the website.

Step 2 is to receive the box

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Step 3 is to open the box, it’s nicely packed with the pictograph instructions

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The storage bag that comes with it is pretty nice.

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Here it is, unboxed –

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Here it is about to be installed…

Step 4 is to lengthen the hook and get it ready to slide under the center section to hook it on the center child restraint.

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Here’s the hook.

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Step 5 is to hook it in

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Step 6 is to tighten the slack.

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Here it is installed.

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An insert for small stuff

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Here’s the storage with the insert removed

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Storage with insert in place

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Front view

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More pictures on my flickr album.

It took me about 20 minutes to install for the first time. This is going to go faster as I remove and re=install it in subsequent times.

I like it. Is it worth a starting price of $600. Somewhat pricey, but it works for us.

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Dennis

rEVolutionary armed with a Tesla Model S S85 and a Tesla Roadster, when his wife let’s him borrow it. Formerly driving a BMW Active E (2012-Feb to 2014-Feb).

Dennis has been driving EVs since he found himself on the BMW Active E trials on February 2012. As a result of his involvement in the Active E program, he became Accidentally Environmental. Aside from this blog, he often tweets @dennis_p. When not driving, he can be found on the following Tesla/EV forums – teslamotorsclub.com, teslamotors.com, and model3ownersclub.com as AEdennis or on speakev.com as Dennis. In the interest of full disclosure, Dennis has an inherent bias toward electric vehicles and has an investment in and is LONG Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA).

6 thoughts on “Rear passengers rolling in style… Premium Rear Console installation and review”

    1. That’s the gist of it… Value is in the eye of the beholder. If you’re comparing it to premium seats in the back, it’s a “less costly” alternative. Not as useful to those that need five seats though.

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