Hidden inside the fast and sleek Tesla Model S electric-powered sedan is the beginnings of a family EV, a sprout that we'll see in full bloom in the upcoming Model X. Anyone who ordered a Model S without the third row kid seats, Consumer Reports explains that it's not too difficult to get them installed later.

The publication, which received delivery of its Model S in January, had ordered the $1,500 option of getting a third-row of rear-facing seats for the proverbial kids. CR reports that the seats came in stock and were installed by a Tesla service center in Queens, New York. The dealer sent a truck to pick up the Model S (it needed other service anyway), and the whole thing was done without hassle.

The seats accommodate two small people, face towards the back and each have five-point harnesses to hold the kids in place when Dad tries to get sideways. When not used, the seats fold into a well underneath the rear hatch. CR, which first reviewed the Model S in November, says it'll follow up with a write-up on how the seats performed in real-world testing, and whether the inevitable juice stains will be removable.


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      Letstakeawalk
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The dealer sent a truck to pick up the Model S (it needed other service anyway)..." I wonder what service was needed on such a new car? FTA: "Our Model S had to go back to the Tesla service center in Queens, New York, last week to have a cracked windshield replaced." Oh, it sounds like the same stress fractured/cracked windshield issue that many Tesla owners are complaining about. http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/12551-Alas-new-problem-Windshield-Stress-Fracture-Anyone-else
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a new "Inside Tesla." http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/inside-tesla-032113 "During the past three weeks we have averaged more than 500 Model S deliveries per week, and it looks like we’ll be setting another record this week." It looks like they are going to hit the 20K+ mark for the year. It's a good place to buy into the stock at $36 before the next report really causes it to shoot up. Keep in mind that the stock market is gambling and don't spend anything you aren't willing to lose. By the time I get mine in 2015, they should have all the little kinks worked out. The stress fracture in the windshield that LTAW mentions is one of those. Tesla is also expanding at a faster rate than their customer service can keep up with. The delivery service seems to have managed to step up to the increased production rate if they are delivering 500 cars in a week.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      How do the kids stitting under the big panel of glass get any of the air conditioning?
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Back when I was a kid we didn't have A/C and we liked it. ;) I do remember riding backwards in the neighbor's station wagon on the way to school. It was fun.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          A station wagon does not have a large, nearly horizontal pane of glass over the top of the third row seats. It has a much smaller, nearly vertical pane of glass at a greater distance from the seats. In college I owned a 1984 crown Vic wagon. It didn't have the rear seats but the back was great for sleeping on road trips. The rear seats on this S look miserable to me. At the very least it needs AC delivered to the rear. I think that Tesla should offer a wagon version of the S and offer the third row, or maybe even make it standard on that version.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          For me, I just kissed a girl, and I liked it! Ba-dum-bum.
          John Hansen
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          Me too. It was a 1987 Taurus wagon, except we didn't have fancy "seats" or "seatbelts". We sat on the floor in the back and we LIKED it! :)
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          I was in the back of a Country Squire wagon, with no AC, and (wait for it....wait for it....) I liked it!
          Thereminator
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          When I was a kid,we had to walk two miles in order to get stoned and have sex! (and we liked it : )
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ryan
          I like sex...
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      We used to call these the carbon monoxide sets, since in the typical station wagon the exhaust would swirl back in through the window. I don't know what you'd call them in an EV.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      More comparisons to the BMW M5 from Edmunds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRLeNX8GwEo I figured that is more exciting than hearing about jump seats and such. And here's a fun interview of Elon by Rainn Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns0IHCj2q-E
      SublimeKnight
      • 1 Year Ago
      You see honey, it seats 7 and gets great "gas" mileage... so it's practically a minivan. I'm offering to drive a minivan, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for my family.
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