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    I live in Southern California, so air conditioning is vital to the comfort of me and my passengers. I was a bit alarmed by discussions of air vents or lack thereof in the Tesla 3 dashboard. If there's no cool air blowing in my face on hot days, I'm an unhappy driver. Anyone have more info?
     
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    No details yet other than what Doug Field mentioned in one of the test drives. The dash has slots instead of the usual vents. I take it there will be some form of directional control for front facing vents but we will have to wait and see. I don't think we'll get any more details until next year when the final production cars are revealed and media test drives will happen.
     
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      With the roof being nearly all glass I'd have to believe maintaining a comfortable driving environment would be paramount.
       
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      GaryNLA,

      All I've gleaned so far is what Elon covered in the Presentation during his Reveal/Press Coverage. Of course this could all change but he did specify the vents would NOT be conventional vents as seen on most vehicles today but two lower rear facing vents I assume below the dash in front of the driver and passenger. It shows the aforementioned two vents.
      Here are the CAD's firm his Reveal Speech:

      Well it says upload file is too large.
      TrevP maybe you can help me out.
      I can email them to you and you can resize?
      I just pulled them from the Reveal Vid via Screenshot.

      Ski
       
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        I live in Phoenix and with 110F summers it better has something cold coming out of those vents :)
         
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        I just increased the file upload size to 4Mb. Does that help?
         
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        So the two Black Horizontals are the current Climate Control Vents according to Elon.
        It appears they'll come out from below the existing Dash.

        Thanks Trev!

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        Not sure that and a little vent in the center console in the rear will be enough to cool a glass roofed car in the Desert or where I live in TEXAS. I'm considering the Metal Roof option or LIMO black tint else the AC won't keep up and I'll stick to the seats!
         
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        I wouldn't hang my hat on those vents quite yet. All cars have vents facing down into foot wells. We just haven't seen the upper slots in the new dash yet.
         
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          If you think the bruhaha with the Model S door handles was bad press just image the problems a Model 3 that cannot cool will be. No doubt in my mind it will be a non-issue come production. No one will accept a car today without AC!
           
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            #11 B-Dogg, May 4, 2016
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            I just had a look at the interior shots from the reveal, did some crude photoshop of where I believe the air will come from. It's the gap that runs along the front panel I reckon.

            http://gdurl.com/w6_0



            http://gdurl.com/XaUQ






             
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                Funny you mention that. There's a detail that's come to light that indicates this will come to the Model 3. The HEPA filter will be optional just like Model S but I believe it to be a tentpole feature for Tesla and Model 3 won't miss out on it....
                 
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                    If this is true and there are no directional vents, I'll be canceling my order. I live in SoCal and I need cold air blowing in my face on hot days. Without that ability, it's a non-starter.
                     
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                      @GaryNLA , if I may, being in SoCal, you will also have a great advantage over most of us... you'll be able to touch & feel the car mucho sooner... This way, you'll get a first hand experience on the amount of cold air you actually do get on your face... :)
                      Then you can take the best decision for you as to whether or not to morph your reservation into a true order... :cool::rainbow:;)
                       
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                        You needn't worry. Of course it will have a good ventilation system. It would be hugely stupid if it hadn't.

                        What really wonders me is how easily you (and others) threaten to cancel their order. Without knowing how the car finally will look like.
                         
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                          Take the scenic route using PCH or similar roads, where a cool breeze is always available from the nearby and conveniently located ocean and roll the windows down or open the sunroof. Works for me.

                          Of course, I consider anything under an ambient 75° Fahrenheit to be 'cold'... And I am perfectly comfortable up to around 120° Fahrenheit. What do you consider 'hot'...?
                           
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                            See Trevor first Video "hidden secrets". He talks about the Vents. The Jalopnik article is link bait and I would not believe that. We'll get more details this year to know for sure.
                             
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