• Aug 27, 2014
If you want to get Tesla CEO Elon Musk's attention, taking out a full-page ad in his local newspaper will apparently do the trick. That's what two self-proclaimed "very highly satisfied" Model S owners did, asking for a few small changes in the popular EV. In response, Musk Tweeted a picture of the ad and wrote, "Ad taken out in Palo Alto Daily [News] by two Model S owners is right. Many of the suggestions will be implemented soon." The ad also appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly.

You can see all of the requests by clicking the image above, but we'll mention some of them here. Improved voice-activated phone dialing, better sensors (like blind-spot monitors), redesigned sun visor, automatically closing charging port door and then the big one: Tesla ads.

Tesla isn't talking about when the new features will be available, but if any of those items are unlikely in the near future, it's Tesla advertisements. After all, why pay for media attention when a simple Tweet about other people paying for your ad can get tremendous amounts of attention?


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      jz78817
      • 4 Months Ago
      man, what is it about Tesla that turns some people into absolute boot-lickers?
        bluepongo1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jz78817
        See and / or test drive one and find out for yourself.
        Grendal
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jz78817
        Some people have been waiting for innovation in cars for a long time. The gas engine hasn't really changed much in 100 years. Hybrids were a small improvement but removed all the fun to gain efficiency. The Model S is a lot of fun to drive and the same will be true for the Model X and the Model III.
          Ron
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Well said
        purrpullberra
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jz78817
        It's better to lick Elon's boot than lick Rush's fat bu++. You probably worship something far less worthy than Elon. An honest admiration is FAR from"boot licking".
      KaptnKauto
      • 4 Months Ago
      How great is it that Tesla is even listening!! Mr. Musk is going it right. What are the changes that GM or Ford would listen? Slim... very slim...
      Ray Boggs
      • 3 Months Ago
      Great ! Now charge that new Tesla with an solar EV charging system equipped with new Hyper X 2 Solar modules. Hyper X 2 solar offers a better PTC to STC ratio "Real World" performance according to the California Energy Commission's performance rating listings than over 100 of SunPower's solar panel models. Hyper X 2 solar modules are less than a 1/4 inch thick. and offer sturdy glass on glass construction with no aluminum frames, so there's nothing to corrode. And they offer a competition crushing 92.88% PTC to STC ratio. Hyper X 2 also offers a heat busting -0.31%/degree C temperature coefficient for better performance in warm/hot climates. And when it comes to aesthetics, nothing even comes close to Hyper X 2's glass on glass, see through, frameless construction. With N-type mono-crystalline bifacial cells for double sided power production, up to a 21.5% efficiency rating, superior aesthetics, and a price that absolutely crushes the solar lease and PPA company's offerings, nothing compares to Hyper X 2.
      ferps
      • 4 Months Ago
      The other big feature that the Model S lacks is radar cruise. Nearly every car in its price range has it as an option.
      purrpullberra
      • 4 Months Ago
      For some reason I STILL want them to open a high-end interior personalization service. They are leaving a lot of profit on the table. I guess too many other things are more important. I'd like it if the cars were built so that they could be upgraded to 4G LTE (and beyond) with ease. I think those bits are buried right now.
      mike
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is all they asked for. If I was paying for an add I would list everything including the kitchen sink. For example AWD, cup holders front and back, heated steering wheel, heated cooled seats in front (at least heated in the back). You can get this (except the AWD) in a KIA
        Phil Williamson
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mike
        Sure you can..except for the fact you're still driving a KIA. :-) Want AWD? Buy a Model X.
        Educated User
        • 4 Months Ago
        @mike
        I want that Kia to have an 85kWh battery that will take me 260+ miles on all of $12 worth of electricity. Also, I'd like that Kia to have next to zero maintenance. While we're at it, I want that Kia to constantly get better via software updates that happen automatically. Oh no wait, no one offers those things except Tesla.
      RocketRed
      • 4 Months Ago
      Makes total sense that people are asking for way to facilitate distracted driving, i.e., making calls, and then also asking for nannies to keep them from hitting things in situations where paying attention would more than suffice.
      Marco Polo
      • 4 Months Ago
      Elon Musk has become an 'American Folk ' hero ! Well, in an era when leading US Industrialists, politicians and other public figures have been beset with complex, often unresolvable problems, always requiring unpopular actions, it's not surprising that many Americans see a great deal to admire in an " American Visionary " whose product are successful and universally admired. The more cynical, might consider such naked adulation of a billionaire industrialist a little inappropriate, but to others it seems refreshing to find an American business leader who has not yet proven to have very public feet of clay. So for as long as it lasts, I say, good luck to Elon's time in the sun !
      danfred311
      • 3 Months Ago
      Open letter to Elon Musk blamer of Martin Eberhard :) Thank you for sending panic through the old idiot car makers. Please consider the following: Cut the weight in half. 2.1ton is not a green car. Get rid of the 100watt constant vampire drain. That is something rank amateurs design. It should be well below 1watt. Get rid of the damned lead acid battery. That is something rank amateurs do with no appreciation for weight. Make a new Tesla Roadster. It's a tiny simple car if done right and can be profitable below 25.000$ if done right. Again cut the weight in half and make it aerodynamic this time. Lean begets lean. You build conventionally heavy cars or even heavier. That is the mistake that leads you to fail to make the prices workable for mass adoption. All these are infinitely more important than blind spot monitors and voice recognition.
        ihatemacs9
        • 3 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Great! please apply for the billionaire CEO position, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, metalurgical engineer, product designer, procurement manager, and manufacturing/heavy industries guru and master. all while meeting federal regulatory standards, CA emissions compliance, and make sure it is within budget. We look forward to your contributions!
        ihatemacs9
        • 3 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Great! please apply for the billionaire CEO position, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, metalurgical engineer, product designer, procurement manager, and manufacturing/heavy industries guru and master. all while meeting federal regulatory standards, CA emissions compliance, and make sure it is within budget. We look forward to your contributions!
        ihatemacs9
        • 3 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Great! please apply for the billionaire CEO position, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, metalurgical engineer, product designer, procurement manager, and manufacturing/heavy industries guru and master. all while meeting federal regulatory standards, CA emissions compliance, and make sure it is within budget. We look forward to your contributions!
        ihatemacs9
        • 3 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        Great! please apply for the billionaire CEO position, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, electrical engineer, metalurgical engineer, product designer, procurement manager, and manufacturing/heavy industries guru and master. all while meeting federal regulatory standards, CA emissions compliance, and make sure it is within budget. We look forward to your contributions!
      Jim R
      • 4 Months Ago
      After actually getting some seat time in a Model S (thanks to a generous family member) I have to say there's only two things I'd like to see in the car. The first is better range. (But I'm always going to want better range) The second? Redundant physical controls for the climate control and radio. I don't care how shiny the touch screen is, it's still not as good as a knob or a physical button.
        SteveG
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        How often do you bother with the climate control? Set it to whatever temp you like and forget about it. I don't own a Tesla, but I set my car to 72 and forget about it.
        Bernard
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        Check the steering wheel. It has redundant physical controls there.
      juggernaut
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is the most smug douchebag move ever. I bet these 2 jokers sat around in their advanced reliability sniffing each others farts all day when this ad came out.
      Jim1961
      • 4 Months Ago
      The assembly plant can't keep up with demand for the Model S because it's a great car and Tesla receives TONS of free advertising. The open letter to Tesla from satisfied customers is a PERFECT example of the free advertising Tesla receives. The writers of the open letter implore Tesla to do more advertising. Ironic.
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