Fold down the seats, camp in the Tesla

Tesla owners can be adventurous sorts — tricking around with self-driving features, testing acceleration on ludicrous mode, and embracing the quirks and qualities of being an early adopter.

Now, you can add camping in the back of a Model S sedan to the list of Tesla adventures.

A Bloomberg columnist trekked to Lake Tahoe with a few cardboard boxes, a sleeping pad and blankets packed into a $145,000 Model S. Guided by a few helpful videos — with tips about how to keep the air conditioning running and dim the interior lights — the intrepid writer set up camp. The cardboard came in handy for smoothing out the bump over the folded-down seats.

The overnight seemed more on the camping side of glamping, with limited space favoring one person sleeping on his side.

Even after a night under the stars with the batteries working, the car held enough charge to drive back to the nearest fast-charging station. It also had enough juice to warm an espresso maker for the morning rise.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a broad range of new vehicles for the Palo Alto electric vehicle maker. A new lineup, expected to be unveiled next year, includes a pickup truck and bus.

Musk said the small bus would be based on a Model X SUV platform, and is drawing its design hints from vintage Volkswagen vans. Could this be the next caravan of choice for Burning Man?

Photo: A Tesla Model S in the wild. (Tesla Motors)


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  • koedriuc

    Well, I read the whole thing and nowhere is there any kind of point being made. So, just Tesla PR, then?

  • FresnoUser

    This will solve the unaffordable bay area rent problem. Replace your apartment with an unaffordable car, and live in it when you’re not working to pay for the car.