Musk remains firm on yoke-style steering wheel in new Tesla Model S
Elon Musk has confirmed that the yoke will be the only option in new Model S cars answering a question on Twitter.
Back in January of this year, it was announced that the Tesla Model S would go from using a traditional steering wheel to a yoke-style control system. After much debate, Tesla boss Elon Musk has said that there’s no going back to a traditional steering wheel.
The new feature that is set to become the sole option in Model S cars is essentially a traditional wheel, though slightly more rectangular, with the top half removed. Now, in recent years, we’ve seen roadcars adopt a slightly more rectangular shape to their steering wheel. In fact, having a more squared off bottom section to a steering wheel has helped manufacturers lower the seating position in their cars without compromising on ease of access. However, this is something mostly seen on supercars, not large electric family saloons. Focussing on the even odder, top half of the wheel, there is no logical explanation behind basically removing half the rim of the wheel.
As one would expect with the literal redesigning of the wheel, the announcement was met with a massive debate. On one side the Muskets – or whatever we’re calling Elon supporters – and on the other side, those that quite rightly question the new system’s safety and comfort.
You know what it’s like on a long drive. After a few hours behind the wheel, your hands start moving around the wheel. One might find its happy place at the summit of the wheel rim, then move down to the bottom. You may end up back at the advised “ten and two” position, all to drop slightly to have your hands at opposite sides of the wheel. With this yoke design Tesla is proposing, there’s very little in hand placement options. You are pretty much being forced to keep your hands at sides of the wheel where the rim ends.
With concerns over the new steering setup, Twitter user Fredsterrrr mentioned Musk asking him if there would be any chance of there being an option to spec the Model S with a normal wheel. The response from the car maker come rocket scientist come cryptocurrency backer was a simple “No”.
The very short reply from Musk proves that a circular steering wheel really is in the rear-view mirror for Tesla, at least when it comes to the Model S and X. In fact, neither the 3 nor the Y have been given the new design yet, though aftermarket companies do, for some reason, offer a conversion kit. The final piece in the puzzle will be whether or not the upcoming Roadster will be controlled via the yoke or a normal steering wheel. One would hope that the supposed Space X boosters Musk hopes to add to the record-breaking car will be enough aerospace inspiration for one model.