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Published on February 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley


Tesla Model 3 Air Vents May Be “Invisible”

February 1st, 2017 by  

Originally published on Gas2.

An interesting rumor has surfaced regarding the Tesla Model 3 interior. Preliminary peeks at the inside of the new car show an exceedingly stark interior. No instrument cluster, no clock, and no air vents. Just a steering wheel and a horizontally mounted touch screen. Most people assumed Tesla simply had not finished designing the dashboard yet and the finished product would at least have conventional air vents incorporated into it somewhere.

Tesla Model 3 air vents

Not so, according to Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik. He says an apparently reliable source — as yet unnamed — tells him, “the A/C system uses the entire width of the dash to blow air from a centrally mounted fan.” This had been rumored deep into last year as well.

Think about that option for a minute. If true, Torchinsky draws an analogy to certain Dyson fans that blow air from the perimeter of a circle. The fan appears to have no blades but in fact the airflow is provided by a fan located in the base. The result would make the Model 3 the first car in memory that actually has no visible heating and cooling vents. In addition to the obvious visual difference, which would set the Tesla Model 3 apart from any other cars on the road, Torchinsky postulates that part of the reason for the novel design may be to minimize fan noise, leading to an unusually quiet interior.

One of the features of an electric car that most people enjoy is how quiet it is inside while driving. Taking a new approach to controlling fan noise actually makes more sense in an electric car than it does in a conventional car with an internal combustion engine. If the system works as expected, it might be a feature that could be incorporated into Tesla’s other automobiles in the future.

Torchinsky is not saying his information is accurate. In fact, he leaves himself an out that is quite unique and highly amusing. “[T]his could all be bullshit told to me by an unreliable source,” he says. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see.” Then he adds this final thought, “I bet it’s true, though.”

What do you think? Does this rumor strike you as fact or fiction? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.

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