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  • In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, Mark Peters, right, and his wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters pose for a photo by their leather-free Tesla Model S, in Hurst, Texas. The Peters, Tesla Motors shareholders, had a simple request for the electric car maker at its annual meeting in June: Stop offering leather interiors and make Tesla the first “cruelty-free” premium brand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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  • This Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo shows a license plate that reads "VGNTES" for vegan, on a leather-free Tesla Model S vehicle, in Hurst, Texas. The car belongs to Mark Peters and his wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters, who have been vegans for more than two decades. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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  • ** HOLD FOR STORY BY AUTO WRITER DEE-ANN DURBIN ** In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, Mark Peters, right, and his wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters pose for a photo by their leather-free Tesla Model S, in Hurst, Texas. The Peters, Tesla Motors shareholders, had a simple request for the electric car maker at its annual meeting in June: Stop offering leather interiors and make Tesla the first “cruelty-free” premium brand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Cars Vegan Vehicles
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  • In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, Elizabeth Farrell Peters drives her leather-free Tesla Model S, in Hurst, Texas. For car buyers like Peters and her husband Mark, who have been vegans for more than two decades, leather-free choices are limited. The car-buying site Edmunds.com says 78 percent of 2015 model-year vehicles have standard leather seats on at least one trim level. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Cars Vegan Vehicles
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  • In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, the charging cable is attached to one of the Tesla Model S vehicles belonging to Mark Peters and his wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters at their home, in Hurst, Texas. The couple, who are Tesla Motors shareholders, had a simple request for the electric car maker at its annual meeting in June: Stop offering leather interiors and make Tesla the first “cruelty-free” premium brand. Last month, the Peters took delivery of a leather-free Tesla Model S, the second one in their garage. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Cars Vegan Vehicles
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  • In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, Mark Peters drives his leather-free Tesla Model S in Hurst, Texas. Peters and his wife Elizabeth, who are Tesla Motors shareholders, had a simple request for the electric car maker at its annual meeting in June: Stop offering leather interiors and make Tesla the first “cruelty-free” premium brand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Cars Vegan Vehicles
  • Cars Vegan Vehicles
  • In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 photo, Mark Peters drives his leather-free Tesla Model S, in Hurst, Texas. Tesla Motors shareholders Peters and his wife Elizabeth Farrell Peters had a simple request for the electric car maker at its annual meeting in June: Stop offering leather interiors and make Tesla the first “cruelty-free” premium brand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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It all started with a question at the Tesla shareholder meeting last June. Stephanie Downs, a representative from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and a Tesla shareholder, wanted to know why she could not get a vegan Model S. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would look into it and worked with PETA to find the right solution.

In the meantime, others have asked the company for a cruelty-free electric vehicle, including Jackass star Steve-O, who reached out to AutoblogGreen on Twitter to get info on an animal-free Tesla EV. Finally, The New York Times reports, Tesla will now offer an official vegan option for the Model X.

A Model X can now be ordered with synthetic leather in Ultra White. While fake leather has been available in other vehicles for a long time, such as Mercedes-Benz's well-known "MB-Tex" vinyl seat material, it shows that Tesla is willing to listen to its fans, who have been complaining about the lack of animal-free cars for years.

For the Model S, Tesla offers a black cloth option for people who didn't want leather seats, along with synthetic leather on the steering wheel. To get that vegan Model S, though, you still have to contact Tesla directly, the way that our friend Leilani Münter did. It's basically an unlisted special option, different than the new Model X offering. According to an AP report from last fall, the average leather automobile interior uses between two and three hides, but some high-end luxury vehicles can find ways to use up to nine of them.

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