I agree that I'm unlikely to buy a Tesla, because so many of Tesla's priorities don't match mine. But that's okay, because Tesla has caused all of the other car companies, including those whose priorities are a better match to mine, to also design and introduce BEVs, and I fully expect one of them to come out with a vehicle that would suit me within a few years.EVDRIVER wrote:Believe me it's not needed. However, even with a steel roof I don't see you buying a Tesla for other reasons so it's a bit moot. They don't make custom cars and those that don't own one seem to have many issues with them for one reason or another but many of those perceptions are wrong. Both you and LorenFb will dwell on Tesla and other things for eternity. Loren's reasons change weekly with the latest that the 3 looks like a Chevy Malibu. Straws----Grasping.GRA wrote:The issue isn't whether or not a shade works, it's whether or not I want to have to pay for and use one to provide shade/insulation from sun that is let into the car by an expensive and heavy glass roof that I don't want or need. If someone wants the roof it's their money, and more power to them. I don't, and the car would be less expensive without it.EVDRIVER wrote: That is because you live int he Bay Area. A screen shade on the car works and the ability to have some warmth in the cold is a bonus without using the heat. Not such an issue here and can be mitigated. I think the roof is more an asset.
As an example of differing priorities, take rear hatch slope. Tesla prioritizes aerodynamics over cargo volume/height in their CUV designs, and I prioritize it the other way. I want a rear hatch sloped at 60 deg. or more (90 being vertical), both for ease of loading, volume, and so whatever gear in back (and me) isn't exposed to the sun. It also keeps the overall length down, which is valuable to me on some of the one-lane dirt access roads I drive (shorter length, wheelbase and overhangs makes doing a u-turn easier if the road is blocked - having to back 1/2 mile or more to the first place you can turn around isn't something you want to do if it can be avoided.
This is the model car I currently own: https://goo.gl/images/jj4Q8E Not a lot of effort devoted to 'style' and aero takes a back seat, but max utility in the smallest possible size, with excellent sightlines, headroom, cargo area etc. As there are plenty of companies building CUVs with the roofline I prefer, I'll be good to go. Most of my other priorities also skew heavily towards the utilitarian; after all, that's why I want a CUV in the first place (but would prefer a wagon). So far, the most utilitarian Tesla has been the Model S with the metal roof, but it's just too big and expensive for me.