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.